PGCE Secondary School Direct (Mathematics) / Application and selection
Year of entry: 2019
How to apply
Advice to applicants
We work with numerous schools in Greater Manchester to offer the School Direct route into teaching; all routes involve the joint selection of candidates by schools and tutors at The University of Manchester.
When choosing a School Direct route, you should identify the particular arrangement that the School Direct lead school has made for delivery of School Direct with The University of Manchester, as this will determine your pattern of training.
You should also clarify the 'expectations' to employ by the lead school - while schools can offer you a permanent role at the end of the training, there is no guarantee of employment.
You must apply through UCAS Teacher Training
Applications or CVs sent directly to the University will not be considered.
You must submit the following with your completed application form:
- two written references that support your suitability for teaching;
- a personal statement (maximum 500 words) detailing your commitment to and enthusiasm for teaching, your rationale for applying to be a teacher in your subject, an awareness of the role and responsibilities of the teacher, relevant experience suggesting suitability for the role, and a good standard of written English.
We recommend that you submit your application as soon after applications open as you are able to. Ensure that you enclose all the necessary documents, as the delay caused in having to seek any missing documents from you might adversely prejudice your application.
How your application is considered
The University and the lead school will review your application jointly.
The lead school will advise you if you are invited for interview. If successful at interview, a formal offer would then be made by the University.
Candidates being made an offer for School Direct salaried routes will also receive a contract from the lead school.
Aptitude test requirement
You must pass the Professional Skills Tests that all applicants to teacher training courses are required to sit prior to commencing your PGCE.
The Professional Skills Tests assess the core skills that teachers need to fulfil their professional role in schools, rather than the subject knowledge needed for teaching. This is to ensure all teachers are competent in numeracy and literacy, regardless of their specialism.
We will give preference to those applicants who have passed their skills tests at the time of interview. However, we will interview those who have not yet passed their tests.
If you would like to teach maths but your skills in this area need strengthening, our subject knowledge enhancement courses may be for you.
Subject knowledge enhancement courses are intensive eight-week courses designed to be studied before a PGCE to raise your knowledge of maths up to GCSE level. You may also reach the standard required to teach to A-level.
The courses are assessed by a portfolio of work and there are no formal examinations. To be eligible you must have been made a conditional offer of a place on a PGCE course from an initial teacher education (ITE) provider, such as The University of Manchester. There are no tuition fees for UK or EU students and you may be entitled to a bursary to help towards your living costs whilst studying.
Fitness to practise / health requirements
If your application is successful, we will require you to comply with a confidential health screening check as advised by the Department for Education.
Health screening will be undertaken by the Student Occupational Health Service, who will advise on any follow-up vaccinations or other intervention which may be indicated.
Disclosure and Barring Service check
If your application is successful, we will require you to comply with an enhanced check through the Disclosure and Barring Service as advised by the Department for Education.
You must also meet the University's suitability requirements for the safeguarding of children.
If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.
In your new application, you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.