'The acute shortage of excellent maths teachers is down to the government – here's my solution'

A radical review of school incentives and more collaboration between schools, universities and government – James Handscombe, a sixth-form head (pictured), provides his strategy to remedy the shortage of excellent maths teachers.


Lynne McClure wrote last week that all students should receive excellent maths teaching and, as she has done more than almost anyone to achieve this goal, her words are to be taken seriously.


The problem is that there is an acute shortage of excellent maths teachers – a shortage driven by a lack of suitably qualified graduates.


This is something that has been acknowledged by successive governments and which has been the subject of a variety of policy initiatives. These policies have been laudable and have had varying degrees of tactical success, but the problem remains because the overall strategy is lacking.


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