The BBC is reporting that the city of Stoke-on-Trent is trying to radically improve maths standards in its schools by (amongst other measures) helping to pay off the tuition fees of maths teachers who come to work in the city.
The maths project is aimed at improving the chances for young people growing up in a city where many traditional industries have declined.
Local MP Tristram Hunt is working with local schools, council and employers.
Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw will launch the scheme on Wednesday.
The £1m maths project, a form of educational urban regeneration, is aimed at attracting bright young maths graduates to a city struggling with industrial decline and academic underachievement…
Across the country, schools have reported difficulties in recruiting maths teachers.
Mr Hunt, a former shadow education secretary, said it was “frankly difficult” for cities such as Stoke to compete for staff with cities such as London, Birmingham and Manchester.
The Stoke project is offering cash to attract new recruits – £2,000 per year for three years towards paying off tuition fees and a further relocation payment of £2,000.
This will be in addition to the national bursaries already offered to attract students into training as maths teachers.
It will be fascinating to see the outcome of this initiative as it seems a logical step to boosting recruitment in those areas facing particular challenges.
One question though: how will existing maths teachers in the city react to these additional payments that will be made to their colleagues who relocate there?
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