Why choose NMAPS?

Why choose NMAPS?

There are many reasons to choose the NMAPS course:

  1. Subject-specialist training and resources – NMAPS is the only school centred provider dedicated to Mathematics and Physics teacher training. The NMAPS programme has been developed in partnership with experts at the Institute of Physics and the Mathematical Association. As a result you will learn teaching strategies to make you more effective in teaching these subjects.

  2. Both state and independent placements – Wycombe High School, an outstanding state school, leads NMAPS. Our network of the best state and independent schools nationally is expanding to offer training close to you.

  3. The training takes one year but the benefits will last your whole career. 

  4. Training in school from day one – you will spend most of your time in a school: Up to four days of every week in a school classroom.  You will build up your confidence and experience in the classroom with a weekly academic theory session on day five.

  5. Tutoring from practising teachers – one day per week will be spent in your Hub school or at a national training session taught by current teachers at the top of their profession. 

  6. Train at the right pace for you – you will not lead a class until you are ready to do so.

  7. Full and Part Time training options.

You can also expect:

An enviable support network

From the moment you join us, you will be supported by an experienced and friendly team, available to help you with all aspects of the course and support you personally if the going gets tough. As well as support from the NMAPS and local Hub lead school, you will also have a school-based mentor within your placement school who will meet with you formally once a week, to set targets and ensure your training is meeting your needs.  

A unique familiarisation programme

We offer a unique three-day summer familiarisation course, which allows you to meet your peers and have an in-depth introduction to teaching, prior to going into your first placement school. This is normally a three-day residential event, but due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions this may be subject to change. We will update details nearer the time. Whether the induction is held face-to-face, online or blended, it will give you the chance to meet your peers and familiarise yourself with the training programme, prior to starting at your placement school.

A helping hand into your first teaching role

NMAPS will support trainees with career choices, offering help with job applications and interview techniques. We will provide Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities, that will support you through your early career, and arrange Alumni events to enhance your professional network.

Access to University facilities

We work closely with the University of Buckingham to ensure that all of our trainees achieve not only Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) but also PGCE with 60 Masters credits. Our PGCE modules are online and our trainees have full access to the facilities at the University of Buckingham. They also have access via the SCONUL library system, to the library facilities at most universities across England.

Constructive feedback and ongoing assessment

You will be assessed for QTS through a series of lesson observations and through a portfolio of evidence that you will collate during the training year. For your Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), you will be assessed online, upon the completion of three essays.

Our team of mentors will help you to prepare for this, whilst allowing you the flexibility to learn at your own pace.