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National Maths & Physics SCITT

Train to Teach Maths and Physics with NMAPS at King's High School

King's High School and Warwick School (as part of the Warwick Independent Schools Foundation) are
delighted to be leading the Warwick regional hub for the National Mathematics and Physics School Centred Initial Teacher Training (NMAPS) programme.

NMAPS offers unparalleled high quality teacher training, led by Maths and Physics experts from the best schools nationally, in a unique collaboration between the state and independent sectors, and in partnership with subject associations such as the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and the Institute of Physics.

About the Warwick Hub Schools

Both schools have a strong tradition in the teaching of Maths and Physics, with large A Level cohorts, and substantial numbers of boys and girls reading physical sciences, engineering and mathematical subjects at university each year. Across the two schools there are 10 full time equivalent teachers of Physics and 18 of Maths. All are subject experts, sharing a passion for their subject, and a desire to see each pupil fulfil their potential.

All pupils study separate sciences at GCSE with a small number being entered for just two qualifications. Results are strong with excellent value added at both GCSE and A level. Beyond the classroom, many students enter the Physics Challenge and Physics Olympiads each year, and also participate in Science in Action, a collaborative extension activity involving practical work and individual research that takes them beyond the confines of the exam specifications. The two schools have a strong history of collaboration and strive to push the boundaries of what can be achieved. The two departments have run a joint trip to CERN, instigated a live link to the International Space Station and acted as a satellite venue for a CERN TEDx talk.

Both schools offer Maths and Further Maths qualifications. Results are outstanding, reflecting the strong valued added achieved by high quality teaching and learning. At GCSE, 100% achieve Grade 4 and above. Both schools have a wide and varied extra-curricular mathematical programme that involves Maths Olympiads, links to universities with regular trips and high profile speakers.

About the Scheme

Trainees will undertake placements in two complementary schools, spending four days each week in school. The fifth day will be spent at King’s High School and Warwick School where trainees will receive unique subject specific and pedagogical training. By receiving training from outstanding current practitioners from the two schools, with the support of the Mathematics Association and the Institute of Physics, you will be trained in superb educational settings that provide the necessary support and understanding for becoming a successful Maths or Physics teacher. Training will be entirely school based, led by current practitioners who are expert Maths and Physics teachers. It will lead to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a PGCE accredited by Buckingham University.

Do I qualify?

A first or second class UK Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate subject is required (should be at least 50% of the subject you wish to teach) or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard from a recognised Higher Education Institution (verified through NARIC). Applicants whose qualifications do not meet the requirements outlined above, may be admitted if they can demonstrate an appropriate academic background and experience in the relevant field. Please contact us for advice. Large bursaries and scholarships are available for suitably qualified trainees. More information is available on the Get into Teaching website.

The Warwick hub of the NMAPS SCITT turned out to be the perfect fit. I was immediately made to feel part of the Physics department and was treated as a valued professional from day one. The quality of the training offered was superb and I was able to benefit from the guidance and mentorship of experienced, subject-knowledge experts. The subject-specific nature of the course is a real strength, as is the skill of the training team in delivering the right information at the right time. This was key to making steady, and importantly enjoyable, progress towards NQT status.

Placement Schools

We offer a wide choice of training placements across both the state and independent sectors. These include secondary schools rated Outstanding by Ofsted with a high progress 8 score, selective grammar schools and independent schools deemed Excellent by the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate. Our placement schools are listed below, please click through to their websites for more information about each of the schools. 

For more information, including arranging a school visit or school experience day, contact:
Mrs R Chapman Director of NMAPS, Warwick Regional Hub

Given my experiences of teacher training in the NMAPS Warwick Hub I don’t think there can be a better venue and scheme to train to be a Teacher of Physics.  In addition to the expert coaching and mentoring provided in developing my pedagogical skills, I have received the highest quality training in professional skills and the teaching of the physics curriculum.   In summarising, I would say that the NMAPS Warwick Hub provides expert teacher training in a professional, supportive and fun learning environment.