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    Hello I am in first year studying Economics and interested in training to become a Maths teacher with PGCE in 2 years time.

    I do NOT have A Level Maths.

    I got an A in GCSE Maths.


    Will I even get a place on Secondary Mathematics?
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    (Original post by mattymoo432)
    Hello I am in first year studying Economics and interested in training to become a Maths teacher with PGCE in 2 years time.

    I do NOT have A Level Maths.

    I got an A in GCSE Maths.


    Will I even get a place on Secondary Mathematics?
    Hiya:hi:

    I've moved your thread into this sub-forum so you should hopefully get the replies you're after.

    I always like to say that anything is possible, but as the other users have already made clear, I think you may be very lucky to get a place.
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    (Original post by mattymoo432)
    Hello I am in first year studying Economics and interested in training to become a Maths teacher with PGCE in 2 years time.

    I do NOT have A Level Maths.

    I got an A in GCSE Maths.


    Will I even get a place on Secondary Mathematics?
    You sound perfect for the job. They want maths teachers to know as little maths as possible, so they can carry on dumbing down education. I know of more than one person with a good maths degree whose application to do a maths teacher PGCE was rejected. Also it really helps to be left wing.
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    (Original post by ALL888)
    You sound perfect for the job. They want maths teachers to know as little maths as possible, so they can carry on dumbing down education. I know of more than one person with a good maths degree whose application to do a maths teacher PGCE was rejected. Also it really helps to be left wing.
    Are you being sarcastic?
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    (Original post by ALL888)
    You sound perfect for the job. They want maths teachers to know as little maths as possible, so they can carry on dumbing down education. I know of more than one person with a good maths degree whose application to do a maths teacher PGCE was rejected. Also it really helps to be left wing.
    What utter nonsense! You need more than a good maths degree to get on a PGCE course - perhaps your 'friend' was not the right sort of person and, by the way, not all teachers are left-wing.
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    (Original post by mattymoo432)
    Are you being sarcastic?
    No, maybe exaggerating slightly.
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    (Original post by ALL888)
    No, maybe exaggerating slightly.
    Thank you for your contribution
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    (Original post by Muttley79)
    What utter nonsense! You need more than a good maths degree on get on a PGCE course - perhaps your 'friend' was not the right sort of person and, by the way, not all teachers are left-wing.
    If you say anything remotely right wing in the interview, you will be rejected. One of the people that I was referring to got a first in maths at a good university.
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    (Original post by ALL888)
    If you say anything remotely right wing in the interview, you will be rejected. One of the people that I was referring to got a first in maths at a good university.
    Having a first does not make you a good teacher.
    By 'right wing' what do you mean? What did they say that they think got them rejected?

    I know a number of Tories who teach in state schools.
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    (Original post by Muttley79)
    Having a first does not make you a good teacher.
    By 'right wing' what do you mean? What did they say that they think got them rejected?

    I know a number of Tories who teach in state schools.
    Saying that the syllabus is not what it was. Saying that the standard of maths in UK schools is 2 years behind places like Russia.
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    (Original post by ALL888)
    Saying that the syllabus is not what it was. Saying that the standard of maths in UK schools is 2 years behind places like Russia.
    That's not right-wing, it's ignorant! They should have known about the recent specification [not syllabus btw] changes which increase the content.

    This would have come over as arrogant and someone not looking to improve things just criticise them.
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    (Original post by Muttley79)
    That's not right-wing, it's ignorant! They should have known about the recent specification [not syllabus btw] changes which increase the content.

    This would have come over as arrogant and someone not looking to improve things just criticise them.
    The last thing they want is someone who wants to improve things. The people behind the scenes of education are trying to shut down Western civilization.
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    (Original post by ALL888)
    The last thing they want is someone who wants to improve things. The people behind the scenes of education are trying to shut down Western civilization.
    You couldn't be more wrong - and this is way off topic so I suggest you take your conspiracy theories elsewhere.
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    (Original post by Muttley79)
    You couldn't be more wrong - and this is way off topic so I suggest you take your conspiracy theories elsewhere.
    I suggest you take your complacency theories elsewhere.
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    (Original post by ALL888)
    I suggest you take your complacency theories elsewhere.
    What is complacent about what I've said? Everything can be improved - if your 'friend' really wants to be a teacher perhaps s/he could get a job as a TA/LSA and then they might have more understanding.
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    (Original post by Muttley79)
    What is complacent about what I've said? Everything can be improved - if your 'friend' really wants to be a teacher perhaps s/he could get a job as a TA/LSA and then they might have more understanding.
    That everything is fine and that there is no hidden hand behind the scenes. The aim is to worsen the education system, not to improve it. Increased content means more learning and less understanding. It also means that a muppet can get ahead of a genius.
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    (Original post by ALL888)
    That everything is fine and that there is no hidden hand behind the scenes. The aim is to worsen the education system, not to improve it. Increased content means more learning and less understanding. It also means that a muppet can get ahead of a genius.
    That might be YOUR experience but the new specification relies on more in depth understanding not less. This is not difficult to achieve if you teach through a problem solving approach which is what the National curriculum is based upon.

    Muppets NEVER get ahead - you can't memorise content these days.
    In the O level days people just learnt geometry theorems parrot fashion and could get a grade C that way - not true any more.
 
 
 
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