The Altius Alliance is keen to offer places for the SCITT 2017-18 cohort.
The Maths department at CHHS comprises of 14 full time, five part-time; one numeracy CSA and two administrative support staff. We have 13 maths classrooms mostly with a projector, ten with visualisers, five interactive whiteboards. We have an office where we all work and expect trainees to join us in there to work with mentors and colleagues.
We have eight lessons a fortnight at KS3 to deliver and throughout the year we cover ideas from proportional reasoning to algebraic manipulation and geometrical reasoning. Students are taught in mixed ability groups except for a top set in each band. In Year 7 all groups are mixed ability. The school is involved in the England-Shanghai-Mathematics Teacher Exchange Project. The Director of Mathematics and Subject Leader spent two weeks in Shanghai in September 2015 and two colleagues from Shanghai visited CHHS in November 2015. The department is also involved in research around the implementation of mathematics teaching strategies developed in Singapore.
At GCSE we have eight lessons a fortnight. We follow the Edexcel syllabus for all groups except top sets who follow the AQA syllabus and have a good track record. Students are taught in partly mixed ability settings except for top sets. Our top sets follow the OCR Additional Maths syllabus and after school sessions are offered to students from other groups to follow this scheme. We have one Year 11 group following the Edexcel Statistics syllabus as well as the Maths one.
We are a popular A Level subject. Our entry requirements are high: A for Maths, A* for Further Maths. We offer both A Level Maths and Further Maths. We are also a pilot centre for the new Core Maths course for students wishing to continue studying mathematics but don't want to study A Level. In Year 12 and 13 we also offer STEP lessons.
We welcome trainee teachers and have assisted with the training and development of over 80 trainees over the last five years. We work closely with Manchester Metropolitan University and Manchester University and as a school have been involved in School Direct since 2012 – when the scheme first started. Last year we had six Associate Teachers under the SCITT programme. The programme provides weekly maths specific pedagogy sessions and classroom practice. All teachers in the department are trained Subject Mentors and regularly contribute to the development of Associate Teachers providing feedback and challenges.
How to Apply
Please apply via the UCAS website>
UCAS code: 2LG8
All offers are conditional upon passing the pre-entry skills tests in Mathematics and English. We advise that these are passed prior to application, but where they have not been both tests will need to have been passed within six weeks of a place being offered to fulfil the conditions of that offer.
- A 2:2 honours degree or above awarded by a UK University or equivalent which is in Mathematics or in another subject area which has 50% Mathematics content.
- For those whose degree does not meet these requirements Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses are available. Please check the website for further details.
- GCSE Mathematics and English Language at grade C or better.
- Recent and relevant school experience in UK schools in the last two years.
- To be able to communicate effectively in spoken and written English