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Short Course Programme East Midlands Mathematics Enhancement Course (EMMEC)

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  • Objectives
    Mathematics Enhancement Courses are for graduates with a degree in a subject other than mathematics who wish to train as secondary mathematics teachers.

    The course is intended to support graduates as they develop their breadth and depth of mathematical knowledge before they begin an initial teacher training course which would lead to Qualified Teacher Status.

    The MEC is designed to support the development of the subject knowledge required for teaching mathematics in secondary schools and develop communication skills and the awareness of the nature of teaching and learning of secondary mathematics. It will also promote mastery of procedural knowledge and understanding of abstract logical connections between different areas of mathematics.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements
    The MEC is open to people who have been referred to it by ITT providers – applicants who have been accepted for a postgraduate secondary teacher training course or for a graduate teacher training programme (GTP) on condition that they complete the enhancement course before starting their teacher training course.

    Normally, applicants will be graduates in any discipline who ideally have ‘A’ level mathematics or an equivalent or some mathematical knowledge within their degree but who need to improve this before beginning their chosen teacher training course.
  • Course description
    Course content
    The course will include:

    -Mechanics
    -Calculus
    -Structure and proof
    -Geometry
    -Algebra
    -Decision mathematics
    -Statistics

    Course duration
    The course will run for six months from January until July. The weekly programme will normally consist of four days of whole class and individual tuition from 9.30am until 4pm. The remaining time each week will be used to provide opportunities for reflection and work on directed tasks, both individually and collaboratively and to complete assignments. There will be two short blocks of school experience, one in each term. Each of these will consist of time in the school completing directed tasks and observing teaching and learning.

    Application and selection
    Applications to the East Midlands MEC are by:

    -Referral from one of the partner institutions Initial Teacher Training programmes
    -Referral from another Initial Teacher Training provider
    -Direct application to the MEC – a conditional place may be offered provided the applicant is accepted onto an initial teacher training programme.

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