Teacher Subject Specialist Training
Funded Training for Non-Subject Specialist Teachers in Maths
The DfE is funding Teacher Subject Specialist Training (click here) free at the point of delivery in order to improve the subject knowledge of non-specialist teachers or returning teachers and to increase the number of hours taught in these subjects.
What is TSST in Maths?
- It is designed to improve the maths subject knowledge of non-specialist teachers by offering school-led teacher subject specialism training.
- It would suit non-specialist teachers who could potentially teach maths in addition to their main subject and also for teachers who wish to re-train or extend their current experience to teaching maths.
- It would provide training to colleagues from primary schools wishing to upskill to teach GCSE Maths.
- It provides support to teachers wishing to return to the profession through access to subject specialism training in a key curriculum area.
This programme includes:
- 5 face to face days focusing on 5 key areas: Number; Proportion and Reasoning; Algebra and Sequences; Geometry and Trigonometry; and Statistics and Straight Lines
- Subject Knowledge Audit tool to promote the accurate identification of gaps in knowledge and support the personalization of the taught programme
- Self-study: Ongoing self-assessment and online training using the Centre for Innovation in Maths Training Platform
- In-School Mentor for ongoing support
- Four modules covered: Number; Proportion and Reasoning; Algebra and Sequences; Geometry and Trigonometry; and Statistics and Straight Lines
- Sessions include maths content and also ‘pedagogical content knowledge’.
Funded Training for Non-Subject Specialist Teachers in Physics
Derby Teaching School Alliance and Derbyshire SLP are running a Physics TSST course in Derby.
Physics TSST courses aim to improve the physics subject’s knowledge of teacher that are returning to teaching physics and experienced teachers that need to improve their physics teaching skills or who are new to teaching physics.
For further information, please see DTSA’s website here.
TSST is specifically for:
- non-specialist teachers* who could potentially teach mathematics, physics or MFL in addition to, or as their main subject
- non-specialist teachers* who are currently teaching mathematics, physics or MFL (either full-time or in addition to their specialist subject)
- teachers who are looking to return to the profession
- Newly qualified teachers (NQTs) are eligible.
- Primary teachers are eligible if they will be teaching year 7 or 8 pupils as part of cross-school key stage 2 and 3 collaboration. For example, in a multi-academy trust (MAT) or if they have firm plans to convert from primary to a secondary teaching post.
- Teachers without qualified teacher status (QTS) teaching in academies are eligible.
- Those who are members of, and have been awarded qualified teacher learning and skills status (QTLS) by the Society for Education, are eligible if they have firm plans to teach a TSST subject in a school or sixth-form college.
- Supply teachers are eligible if they do not have a contract with a school and are committed to returning to a permanent post.
- Click here to download a flyer.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Please Note: ITT trainees, higher level teaching assistants (HLTAs), teaching assistants (TAs) and other support staff are not eligible to undertake the training.
*For the purpose of TSST, non-specialists are teachers who have not undertaken initial teacher training (ITT) in the TSST subject they have applied for.