For those wishing to train as teachers of pupils aged 11-18 in Mathematics, the programme will lead to the DfE Standards for QTS which are assessed through teaching practice observation, portfolios and written assignments.
The programme at King's is run by a team of well qualified tutors who have substantial experience of teaching in school and in training teachers, both in-service and initial training, and who are also engaged in current research activity of international quality. There is the opportunity to find out about the research projects which have been completed at King's and also those which are currently being undertaken. There is a good partnership with schools in Greater London and an external quality assessment has given very high ratings to the course. There is a continued contact with previous students, many of whom are employed in partnership schools.
College based time: You will work with other trainees and tutors in your subject area to consider the principles and practice of teaching your subject including curriculum design, the development of materials, classroom management and lesson planning. You will also work with trainees from other subjects in a programme of lectures and seminar groups to examine broad generic issues. During both secondary school placements there are occasional days in college for tutorials to support and monitor progress towards the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). There are cross-curricular research tasks and assignments.
School based time: For 24 of the 36 weeks the training takes place in schools, mainly in two complementary secondary schools but with two short primary school experiences. This introduces you to recognising key constituents of good teaching, helps develop your own teaching skills and gain an understanding of how schools work and how children learn.
Mr Chris Olley
Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is the accreditation which enables individuals to teach in state-maintained and special schools in England and Wales, recognising the attainment of a formal set of skills and qualities candidates require to be effective teachers.
King's College London
Trainees reach Qualified Teacher Status and are awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Education, which gives 60 credits at M level. These can be put towards completing an MA with one further year of part-time study.
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent)
UK 120/ECTS 60 credits
36 weeks FT, September to end June.
The majority of trainees go into teaching or other areas of education: many become heads of departments or members of senior management teams; some take up careers in educational administration in the advisory or inspection services.
Year of entry 2013