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 5.

  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.

You can also expect:

An enviable support network

Our experienced and friendly team at the NMAPS Head Office and local Hub lead schools are here to help you. They will support you personally in all aspects of your application and training. You will also have a school based mentor in your placement school. Your mentor will meet with you formally once a week to set targets and check your training meets your needs.  

A unique familiarisation programme

The course will kick off with a 3-day summer residential course. You will 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. This will support you through your early career, and Alumni events will boost your professional network.

Access to University facilities

We work closely with the University of Buckingham. Our trainees achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and also PGCE with 60 Master’s credits. Our PGCE module is online and 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 your portfolio of evidence collated during your training year. For your Post Graduate 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.