Half of maths teaching places vacant

From The Telegraph:

Figures show 46 per cent of places are empty around six months before courses start.

The Training and Development Agency for Schools, which administers the process, insisted numbers were up on last year but admitted there was “still an urgent need for even more high quality recruits”.

According to figures, some 70 per cent of places on physics courses are still unfilled.

The disclosure comes despite the introduction of generous bursary packages designed to pull graduates with top degrees into the teaching profession.

For the first time this September, £20,000 will be available for students with a first-class degree to teach maths, sciences and foreign languages. Students with a 2:1 degree are set to get £15,000 to teach the most important subjects, while those with 2:2s could receive £12,000.

Stephen Hillier, TDA chief executive, said: “Good teachers can make all the difference in bringing maths to life for pupils and raising standards.

“Mathematicians entering the profession can rest assured that they will receive rigorous training that will include strategies for managing pupil behaviour and provide them with very good preparation for the classroom.”

According to figures, 2,635 places are available on maths training courses starting in September. Some 1,432 – 54 per cent – have been filled already.

 

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