A comedian is encouraging people across London to multiply their career options and consider teaching mathematics.
Matt Parker has teamed up with the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) to highlight the benefits of a career in the subject on World Maths Day.The event on Tuesday sees students from across the world compete against each other to answer hundreds of questions online.And with millions of children getting excited about maths the comedian is urging potential teachers to get involved and make a difference.
He said: “Getting the right teachers makes a world of difference in helping engage young people, particularly with a subject like maths.
“Students need maths for their future success but at school it can be such a struggle, and without a dedicated teacher, it can be too easy to discourage pupils to simply give up. Good teachers bring maths to life in a way that will stay with pupils forever. It’s all about making it engaging – and making it relevant to everyday life.”
In a bid to boost teacher numbers the stand-up is urging people to visit Train to Teach events across the country to find out more about a career in maths. The subject has experienced a popularity boost this year with more than 33% of people inquiring about teaching maths, according to figures. This is up from 26% in 2010, the TDA’s Telephone Information Line (TIL) poll shows.
Research reveals that in London 36% of those considering teaching favoured maths and 45% were considering swapping their current career for a teaching position in the subject.
Graham Holley, chief executive of the TDA, said: “It is thrilling to see maths teaching enjoying such a renaissance over the last few years. It is no surprise that the subject is attracting highly qualified career changers, with all the opportunities, professional challenges and personal rewards it can offer. We are determined to capitalise on the increasing interest in maths teaching to ensure future economic prosperity for this country.”