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Where are all the maths teachers?

Discussion in 'Mathematics' started by Elfrune, Dec 1, 2015.

  1. Maths_Shed

    Maths_Shed Occasional commenter

    TLR's have been used as recruitment incentives for far too long. With pay scales effectively scrapped schools now have the freedom to pay at whatever rate they see fit, my guess is that before so long some schools will be offering a premium in basic salary for shortage subjects.
     
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  2. Karvol

    Karvol Occasional commenter

    Well you clearly know what the answer is. No-one with the experience that you are after is going to be wanting to share their accommodation. Unless you can pay enough so that the job itself becomes viable, then you will not get the staff.

    Rather than hoping that someone joins your school for the love of teaching and doesn't worry too much about the salary (rather unrealistic, in my opinion), increase the salary so that you get the person you want. If you genuinely cannot, then get realistic.

    As the phrase goes, stop having champagne dreams on a beer budget (I know it sounds awful, but it is more or less what you are doing).
     
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  3. Elfrune

    Elfrune New commenter

    Is it just me - or have a lot more teachers (more than the normal retirement age ones x about 20) just left the profession (in the last month) - certainly seems that way looking at many schools around me at the moment - many of the maths departments in my area of the country next year next year will be topped up with temporary staff from agencies. I shudder for the future teaching of mathematics in my area of the country.
     
  4. DHoD07

    DHoD07 New commenter

    You can't put students first
    If you put teachers last!
     

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  6. davidmu

    davidmu Occasional commenter

    I am pleased that this topic has been updated. Only yesterday I heard of a newly appointed HOD who was immediately looking around for additional Mathematics teachers for his new school. It appears that the previous HOD had been totally exhausted trying to teach in a market town comprehensive with only a band of supply teachers. I am now retired but I am still interested in the current situation as my grandchildren are approaching secondary age. Is it likely that I will need to teach them GCSE and A level at home?
     
  7. Deirds

    Deirds Senior commenter

    Yes, probably. I have done Supply in schools where a senior Maths teacher was a Humanities specialist with GCSE Maths.

    Some schools count GCSE Statistics as the Maths GCSE qualification. (For all I know Statistics is a valid Maths qualification but it does seem to be a narrow focus.)
     
  8. Elfrune

    Elfrune New commenter

    In my opinion (and thanks to the huge number of responses to my original thread) the situation has not improved since my first writing in 2015. However, my situation has changed for the better - I have gone from being a HoD unable to find mathematics teachers (and starting to go a little do-lally in the head) to a very content Leading Practitioner of Mathematics - a lot happier. Thank goodness I am not the one responsible for having to locate the maths teachers for the department any more - I can get back to the classroom doing what I love and helping other staff develop.
     
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  9. Boardingmaster

    Boardingmaster New commenter

    Currently around 1000 maths jobs on TES alone, good to know we’re so employable!
     

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