Lock up your maths teachers – they’re like gold dust

Maths teachers have become so rare these days, I suspect they have overtaken gold as the most valuable commodity on earth, writes one head of department

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School was on red alert the other morning. Members of the SLT were darting around anxiously. The paths were swept, no trace of any litter, fresh flowers were in the foyer. Two senior-student heavies were standing there in suits, hands clasped respectfully, like waiters at a wedding reception.

Was royalty coming? A surprise visit from an education minister perhaps? Ofsted? No, nobody as trifling as that. The cause for the exceptional fervour and anticipation was that the school was awaiting the arrival of a prospective MATHS TEACHER for a job interview.

These people are now so scarce they have ...

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