Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

'Dramatic' Rise in Maths Teachers Won't Be Enough

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

'Dramatic' Rise in Maths Teachers Won't Be Enough

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Maths education experts have warned that even "dramatic increases" in the recruitment of teachers of their subject will not be enough to end shortages.

In a report published today, the Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME) calls for greater emphasis on professional development and the retention of teachers, warning that many maths teachers leave the profession within three years of qualifying.

The report, Beginning Teaching: best in class, highlights what it calls a "dearth of knowledge" about why teachers leave the profession, calling for more research in this area.

Qualification concerns

ACME, set up by the Royal Society and the Joint Mathematical Council, also uses its report to raise concerns about maths being taught by underqualified teachers. It says an estimated 5,410 extra specialist teachers are needed to deliver maths lessons that are currently being taught in secondary schools by people without an A-level in the subject.

In the long term, ACME argues, all primary teachers should have an AS- or A-level in maths, or a core maths qualification. …

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