Subject Specialist in Primary Mathematics – School Direct

The University of Reading is one of just a handful of providers across the country authorised to run the new Subject Specialism in Primary (Mathematics) postgraduate route into teaching.

This new and innovative option aims to provide trainees with the capacity to teach mathematics across the primary age-range to a high standard, and to take on a leadership role in supporting other teachers in this key subject. The programme will address mathematical subject knowledge, pedagogical understanding and leadership skills to nurture a confident practitioner able to make an immediate professional impact.

While providing additional expertise in the teaching of mathematics, trainees will also receive a broad and rich preparation for teaching to ensure that they meet the full range of Teachers’ Standards. Trainees will gain experience in Early Years and Key Stage 3 settings, and will receive input and application on placement of a range of areas including child development, inclusion and safeguarding; literacy and phonics; behaviour management; and teaching and learning across the curriculum.

This programme will suit those who:

  • Have obtained at least an upper second class degree in their subject
  • Have achieved an A*-C in A-level mathematics or equivalent
  • Enjoy mathematics and want to share that enjoyment with children and other adults within a primary school setting
  • Want to take a school-based route into teaching

Those enrolling who have at least a B in A-level mathematics will receive an additional £2000 bursary.

Two modules required for this route are at postgraduate level and could contribute subsequently to the requirements of a Masters programme.

The mathematics team at the Institute of Education offer a wide range of skills and experience. With substantial subject knowledge, active research interests, experience of teaching in England and abroad, and knowledge of local and national policy making, the team are ideally placed to support you in becoming a much sought-after mathematics specialist.

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Institute of Education Student Research. Issue 1 | Spring 2013


As a school in a research intensive university the Institute of Education is committed to enabling our students to learn through and about research, enquiry and professional scholarship. This newsletter highlights just a few of the ways in which research is integrated into the curriculum on our programmes and some of the enhancement activities with which we are involved.

Click here to read more: Student-Research-Newsletter Issue 1, Spring 2013

Institute of Education Postgraduate Open Day – Wed 21st Nov 2012

Institute of Education Postgraduate Open Day- 21st November

Arrival 12.00 – 12:30 Building L24, G06

London Road Campus

Campus Tour 12:30 – 12:55 Building L24, G06

London Road Campus

Opportunities to meet tutors and admission staff for your programme of interest  12:30 – 16:00 Building L24, G06

London Road Campus

Talk:  Early Years Professional StatusSpeaker:  Joanne ElseyHead of Early Years/Director of Early Years Professional Programmes

13:00 – 13:20 Building L22, G01Lecture Theatre

London Road Campus

Talk: School DirectSpeaker: Jonathan AllenDirector of School Direct/ Head of ITT

13:20 – 13:40 Building L22, G01Lecture Theatre

London Road Campus

Talk: PGCE SecondarySpeaker: Melanie JayPGCE Programme Director/PGCE Course Leader Art & Design/PGCE Professional Studies Co-ordinator

13:40 – 14:00 Building L22, G01Lecture Theatre

London Road Campus

Talk: SKE Speaker: Janet Thomson – Programme Director of SKE and Lecturer in PGCE Secondary Science

14:00 – 14:20 Building L22, G01Lecture Theatre

London Road Campus

Talk: PGCE PrimarySpeaker: Helen Heydon – PGCE Primary and BA Ed Lecturer


14:20 – 14:40 Building L22, G01Lecture Theatre

London Road Campus


The Technical Theatre Project

The Institute of Educations Theatre Arts, Education and Deaf Studies (TAEDS) Visiting Lecturer, Ilan Dwek, is involved in an innovative project to standardise BSL signs, which could impact significantly on deaf and integrated theatre.

The Technical Theatre Project was set up in Summer 2012 by Ali Pottinger (a Stage Manager and interpreter), as it was noted over the years that there have been conflicting signs for theatre terms, often leading to confusion. After success in securing funding, this group met in Bath for a week in October 2012, with a team of ten deaf and hearing theatre practitioners   They did a rough filming of translations for some fifty signs relevant to lighting, sound and stage management and there are still more that they ran out of time to film. The next aim is to complete the film and release it online for viewing and feedback;  details to follow…

TAEDS alumni, Tom Kent, completes a GTP

Profoundly deaf TAEDS alumni, Tom Kent, completes a GTP in mainstream secondary before returning to teach at Hamilton Lodge school and college for deaf students in Brighton, where he was once a pupil.  He graduated from the University of Reading in 2004 and current TAEDS students regularly visit Hamilton Lodge to deliver accessible drama workshops to his deaf students.

The fact that he is returning to Hamilton Lodge is disappointing news for Vicky Scales, Tom’s mentor at Angmering. “I’d give him a job in a heart-beat,” she says ” … he is an outstanding teacher and our pupils would benefit hugely from having him around.”


Upcoming Theatre Arts, Education & Deaf Studies Events

Sign to Music workshop for TAEDS students Thur 1st November

This taster session, organised by Decibels in conjunction with a member of Handprint and funded by the BBC Children in Need, gives students a chance to practise BSL & performance skills to classic pop songs, chart hits and musical show tunes.  It’s focused on visual translations and theatrical creative elements along with music and promises to be fun!

Handprint Theatre at TAEDS on Thur 13th December

Formed of talented TAEDS alumni, Handprint Theatre create theatre and education projects which are accessible to Deaf and Hearing integrated audiences; using puppetry, physical theatre, British Sign Language and a combination of anything they can get their hands on, the company strive to make a new style of theatre creating visual literacy and understanding.

TAEDS are delighted to welcome back Handprint to perform The Person Behind the Profile, their secondary workshop on social media safety, with current Year 2 & 3 Theatre in Education students.  This modelling supports students devising global citizenship workshops for secondary mainstream and deaf schools, such as Mary Hare and Hamilton Lodge in Brighton.
If you would like to attend this event, please get in touch with Cathy Wardale on


Free CPD for teachers: physics, maths and Spanish

Free CPD for teachers: physics, maths and Spanish

We launched our Post-ITT Subject Knowledge Enhancement  (PITTSKE) courses in physics , maths and Spanish last weekend.  These are designed for  teachers who wish to upgrade their subject and/or pedagogical knowledge and are not specialists in these subjects.  All fees are paid by the TA, and there is funding for supply cover to cover three days out of school.

We have teachers on these courses with a wide range of prior experience.

For physics:

  • Biology/ chemistry specialists who are already teaching physics (and may have been doing so for some years), but are feeling in need of extra support to do this effectively
  • Relatively inexperienced science teachers who are aware that their subject knowledge in physics is lacking

For  maths:

  • Primary maths specialists who are moving up to teaching at KS3
  • Physicists, or other specialists, who are teaching maths (or who would like to)
  • Non-specialists teaching at KS3 wanting to move up to KS4 teaching.

For Spanish:

  • MFL teachers who have no prior knowledge of Spanish
  • Other teachers who have language skills and would like to teach Spanish

We are able to accept applications up until the first twilight session, which starts on Tuesday, 6th November.   If you have any questions, please email or phone me.  Alternatively contact our SKE administrator, Lynn Beecroft  (telephone 0118 378 2622)

Can A Robot Have A Mind?

What is a ‘rat-brain robot’?
Can robots have emotions?
Do we Really have Free Will?
Can a Robot ever be essentially human?

The Big Questions – for Teenagers!

On Tuesday September 25th 2012 … 300 teenagers and teachers came to the University of Reading to discover just how like themselves robots can be: Humanoid? Human-like? Or even … Human.

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