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MA Specialist Primary Mathematics Practice

Discover the key to outstanding mathematics practice and inspirational leadership on a programme that equips you with a deep understanding of mathematics subject knowledge and pedagogy within the primary curriculum.

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    • Overview

      Course Length: 3-5 Years Part-Time
      Start Dates: October 2021, October 2022
      Subjects: Education and Teaching
      Location: Edge Hill University
      St James', Manchester

      If you are a qualified, practising teacher, seeking to enhance your subject knowledge of mathematics and pedagogical skills, this could be the programme for you. It will develop your personal practice and whole school impact by improving your understanding of the primary mathematics curriculum, identifying school priorities and supporting you in working with colleagues to develop the teaching and learning of mathematics in your school. You will discover a range of approaches to teaching and learning and become conversant with the requirements of the national curriculum. A focus on curriculum influence, effective use of data sets in planning improvement, and theoretical perspectives on leadership and change management will further enhance your skills. The programme, which culminates in a school-centred practice-development project, also offers the opportunity to network and share good practice with colleagues from around the country and engage in critical debate about current issues in maths education.

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      In Depth

      What will I study?

      The early phase of the programme provides a strong focus on mathematics subject knowledge in relation to the Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 curricula, including progression from the Early Years Foundation Stage and into Key Stage 3. You will have the opportunity to support this subject knowledge with an exploration of appropriate teaching strategies.

      You will build on this by considering influences on the primary mathematics curriculum, as well as examining the importance of identifying, analysing and acting upon school/setting-based data sets. You will also develop a deeper understanding of developing, leading and implementing school improvement initiatives.

      The programme culminates in you preparing a proposal for, and subsequently conducting, a practice development project tailored to the needs of your school.

      How will I study?

      The course is delivered in blended mode, with face-to-face sessions which are usually scheduled on Fridays at St James’ in Manchester.

      As a blended programme, there is a teaching interface via a virtual learning environment through which you will have access to module and university library resources, activities and interactive support, both peer-to-peer and tutor-to-peer.

      How will I be assessed?

      You will be assessed through coursework based on a range of professional learning activities and projects. Opportunities for formative feedback will be scheduled throughout each module.

      Who will be teaching me?

      The programme team have considerable expertise in the field of mathematics education and postgraduate professional learning. Tutors have recent and relevant experience of teaching and leading mathematics in primary schools.


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      MST4010Specialist Primary Mathematics 1 (30 credits)

      Specialist Primary Mathematics 1 aims to deepen your mathematical subject knowledge and pedagogical skills in order to develop your own practice and support colleagues in improving the mathematical learning of all pupils within school. You will attend conference days, face-to-face sessions and online learning to support your development. Assessment will be based on a short classroom-based inquiry.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      MST4011Specialist Primary Mathematics 2 (30 credits)

      Specialist Primary Mathematics 2 enhances your knowledge of the Primary Mathematics curriculum. The module will deepen your mathematical subject knowledge and pedagogical skills in order to develop your practice as a Specialist Mathematics practitioner. You will also have the opportunity to critically evaluate your own practice, identifying appropriate methods for supporting colleagues in addressing and overcoming misconceptions in Mathematics.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      MST4012Mathematics Curriculum Development 1 (30 credits)

      Mathematics Curriculum Development 1 is designed to help you gain a deeper understanding of Primary Mathematics curricula, including subject strands, pedagogical processes and issues of progression. You will develop a deep and critical appreciation of recent, current and developing policy/legislation with relevance to Primary Mathematics curricula and assess its impact on teaching and learning experiences. Critical reflection on practice will enhance your understanding of the research-practice relationship in teaching and learning Primary Mathematics.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      MST4013Mathematics Curriculum Development 2 (30 credits)

      Mathematics Curriculum Development 2 considers the role of the Specialist Primary Mathematics Teacher in relation to leading improvements in Primary Mathematics teaching and learning.  You will develop a deeper understanding of developing, leading and implementing school improvement initiatives. The importance of identifying, analysing and acting upon school/setting-based data sets will be addressed and you will have the opportunity to engage in these processes in an educational setting.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      MST4014Outstanding Mathematics Practice 1: The Project Proposal (20 credits)

      Outstanding Mathematics Practice 1: The Project Proposal allows you to be supported and guided through preparation for a final practice project. The module involves an in-depth exploration of the practice-policy-theory relationship, concepts of practice as the embodiment of professional knowledge, and measures and models of quality and evaluation. Through these activities, you will plan a final practice-based project which can be undertaken and evaluated.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      MST4015Outstanding Mathematics Practice 2: The Project (40 credits)

      Outstanding Mathematics Practice 2: The Project requires you to conduct an extended project in your own practice and produce a report demonstrating a reflective and research-informed analysis of that practice.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.


      You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day or evening of the week.


      Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

      Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

      Entry Criteria

      Entry Requirements

      The programme is suitable for qualified, practising teachers. To be accepted onto the programme you must match one of the following examples and be:

      • Teaching in a primary school, committed to improving the quality of learning and teaching of mathematics, and enthusiastic about becoming an ambassador for mathematics in both your own and other settings;
      • Teaching in a secondary or middle school, seeking a better understanding of the pedagogy of teaching Key Stage 2 mathematics, and wishing to develop your knowledge of the Key Stage 2 curriculum in order to facilitate a smooth transition into Key Stage 3;
      • Teaching in a secondary school, meeting the needs of children who have not reached expected standards of mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2;
      • Teaching in a special school, seeking to improve your mathematics subject knowledge, and able to differentiate for all learners through the use of a variety of pedagogies;
      • Teaching in a teaching school seeking support to deliver continuing professional development to other settings in the same cluster.

      Places (subject to availability) will be allocated to all suitably qualified applicants who have the support and endorsement of their headteacher.

      Recognition of Prior Learning

      Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’). This may include credit or learning undertaken at another university.

      Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s academic regulations (sections C7 and F3.1) or contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

      Career Prospects

      What are my career prospects?

      On completion of this programme, you will be well placed to apply for more senior roles both in your current school and at other institutions.

      As a Specialist Primary Mathematics Practitioner, you will have the knowledge and skills to make a significant and positive contribution to a range of school improvement and school-to-school support initiatives.

      Leadership development is a core part of the programme which will enable you to apply for leadership roles, such as Deputy Head or Specialist Leader of Education (SLE), in a range of educational contexts. You may also wish to apply to become a Mastery Specialist with the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics.


      Tuition Fees

      Tuition fees for part-time study on this MA are:

      • £34 per credit for UK students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2021/22. This is equivalent to £1,020 per 30 credit module;
      • £39 per credit for UK students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2022/23. This is equivalent to £1,170 per 30 credit module.

      180 credits are required to complete a Masters degree.

      EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

      The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

      Financial Support

      For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University in academic year 2021/22, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2021/22 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/postgradfinance2021.

      Financial support arrangements for eligible UK students joining postgraduate courses in academic year 2022/23 are still to be announced. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

      EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please see www.edgehill.ac.uk/eufinance for further details.


      How to Apply

      There is an online application process for this programme.

      Please choose the application form for your preferred intake date and mode of study.

      Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applydirect for more information about the application process.

      Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applydirect to access the relevant online application form and to find out more about the application process.

      Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

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      Course Changes

      Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

      7th July 2021 - Change of Tuition Fees

      The part-time tuition fee rate for UK students joining this programme in academic year 2021/22 has been reduced to £34 per credit, i.e. £1,020 per 30 credit module.

      Covid-19 - Specialist Primary Mathematics Practice Essential Information

      Specialist Primary Mathematics Practice Course Statement

      The face-to-face sessions that would usually take place at St James' in Manchester will be delivered online. These arrangements will be subject to a review at the end of the Autumn term.

      Teaching and Learning at Edge Hill University in 2020

      In this video Pro Vice-Chancellor, Lynda Brady, answers your questions and explains how teaching will work when you join us at Edge Hill University in September.

      Campus Facilities at Edge Hill University in 2020

      In this video Pro Vice-Chancellor, Lynda Brady, explains how we’re preparing the campus for your arrival in September and the facilities that will be available.

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