Helen Ward

Retraining course aims to multiply maths teachers

Innovative ways must be found to solve the shortage of qualified staff, argues multi-academy trust

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The answer to the country’s maths teacher shortage lies in retraining teachers from other subjects, according to a multi-academy trust.

The Dean Trust, a chain in the north-west of England, is launching a new online course to offer in-depth training in maths for teachers across the country.

Taking between 250 and 400 hours to complete, it aims to provide the subject knowledge and pedagogy necessary to teach Shanghai-style “mastery” maths to secondary pupils.

Tarun Kapur, the trust’s chief executive, said: “It is not a substitute for maths teachers. It is creating capacity in the system.

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