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Retrain into Maths - how?

Discussion in 'Professional development' started by pickles177, Nov 19, 2018.

  1. pickles177

    pickles177 New commenter

    hi all
    I am needing some advice on how to retrain into teaching Maths from teaching ICT and Computing.

    My school has said that I should get an A-level in Maths but is that the best place to start? Im struggling to find some evening courses

    With thanks for anyones help
  2. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    The OU has a degree in "Maths and its learning", and the level 3 modules in that were originally aimed at people like you - you can still study them as stand-alone modules, rather than part of a degree. (Look for "Mathematical thinking in schools" and "Developing algebraic/geometric/statistical thinking" here. Is your school willing to fund your study?
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  3. JohnJCazorla

    JohnJCazorla Star commenter

    If the school's willing to stump up then go for whatever they say. Bet not though.

    There's a shortage in Maths and Science and I'm getting £195 a day as supply for delivering these long-term in West Yorkshire. Okay I'm worth it in Maths but I've barely a full year's experience in Science and desperate bottom-end schools will still throw that amount of money at me. So do you need to spend your time and money on retraining? Your future value will almost certainly hinge on the scarcity of Maths teachers rather than any qualifications or re-training.

    Or consider the many teachers of lesser subjects who are shoe-horned into teaching Maths and nobody worries about their qualifications.
  4. jonnymarr

    jonnymarr New commenter

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  5. tonyuk

    tonyuk Occasional commenter

    Not sure if it is still running but I did a maths ITT from Computing at a University. It lasted and year and means you are qualified to teach Maths.
  6. Stiltskin

    Stiltskin Star commenter

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