Charlie Stripp profile: ‘Maths teachers sometimes sort of apologise for their subject. Don’t do that. Maths is great’

The reason for students to embrace maths has been lost amid an educational culture warped by league tables, believes Charlie Stripp, the boss of two maths teaching organisations. He tells Helen Ward about his enthusiasm for the subject and how understanding students’ perspectives improved his teaching

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Charlie Stripp, the genial chief of two national maths organisations, has the job of coming up with ways to make us all love maths – or at least do better at it.

So when he thinks back to his first teaching job, and being faced with a set of sullen Year 9s, how exactly did he manage that?

“I’m very enthusiastic about maths,” he explains. “I really enjoy it and I think that kind of rubs off, to some extent…Maths teachers sometimes sort of apologise for their subject. Don’t do that. Maths is great.”

Stripp, 52, is now chief executive of Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI) and director ...

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