Where have all the (good) maths teachers gone?

Updated: Oct 2, 2019

Half of maths and physics teachers quit within five years – little wonder, then, that many students struggle with engineering’s core subjects Helena Pozniak  24 Jun 2019 The Guardian

As a mother of three, I was getting rather disheartened when my children, at secondary school, were regularly presented with supply teacher after supply teacher, especially in maths.

And when they did have a qualified teacher, they were often not maths specialists (dare I say usually PE trained!).

So I decided I could do better for them and took myself off to University to gain a First class Maths degree.

Unfortunately, I could not clone myself or other great maths teachers out there and there is still a shortage of good maths staff so the original problem still exists 10 years later.

I was inspired by a teacher, to become a teacher and far more needs to be done to support new recruitment and of course, retention. Currently, large bonuses are being offered to entice new recruits, but unfortunately many only join for the ‘carrot’ without a true understanding of the job ahead. And if you think that’s worrying, by 2025 there will be 15% more pupils than in 2018.

So, if your child is lucky enough to be in school where there is a full complement of maths specialist teachers – Good for you!

If not then perhaps to support the gaps and ensure your child is not disadvantaged in the future a private tutor is for you.

You cannot put a price on education – read my blog on Education saved my life.

For £2.71 a day (not even the cost of a cup of coffee) your child could engage in a weekly hour session with me for as long as they need to, covering everything they need to pass their maths GCSE and give them better life chances.

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