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Encouraging students to study more mathematics is necessary. The CBI/Pearson education and skills survey, 2013 shows that there is an acute shortage of young people with appropriate maths skills in all sections of the labour market.


The government has begun to address the shortage. From September 2013 all students who have not achieved a grade C or better for GCSE maths will be expected to continue to study maths post 16. It will be a condition of funding for post 16 education from September 2014. There is also a drive from government for all students to study maths up to the age of 18 through the new Core Maths qualification (from 2015) and through increased participation in A level maths and Further Maths. The government is also aiming to make maths GCSE more rigorous and to encourage schools to spend more time teaching mathematics.


This is all very good news. However, we estimate that more than 5,000 additional maths teachers will be required for all students to study maths to the age of 18, in addition to those needed to increase maths teaching at GCSE and to address the existing shortage of high quality maths teachers.


Many employers, from small businesses to large multinationals, have also demonstrated their commitment to help do something about that.


We are proposing that companies support our campaign to encourage undergraduates to train to teach alongside their undergraduate studies in maths, physics, engineering and other maths rich degree courses. We know that when student do this it improves their communication, organisation and other employability skills that will befit your company when you employ them.


In addition, we are encouraging employers to employ such graduates in their business for up to 4 days per week, releasing them to teach in schools and colleges for at least 1 day per week. 


To find out how this could work for you contact enquiries@network2learn.com