- going into space
- getting a mortgage
- predicting the future
The language of everything
Maths is the language we use to find patterns and understand the world around us. It has provided the solutions to some of history's most intriguing problems.
Maths is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering as well as being fundamental for most jobs.
Maths has a critical role to play in the future of the UK economy. There is significant evidence that adults with numeracy skills earn higher wages and are more likely to be in employment than those who do not master these skills.
Maths is for everyone
If maths is your passion, you know that it is not just learning formulas or equations. It is a way of thinking, and problem solving, that’s important in every walk of life.
An exciting career spent passing your passion on to the next generation could be the career for you.
What you'll be teaching
In England, there are important aspects of maths to teach each age group. As a secondary school teacher, maths education means teaching pupils:
- Ratio, portion and rates of change
- Geometry and measures
Some examples of what you teach 11 to 14 year olds:
- understand that the probabilities of all possible outcomes sum to 1
- work with terminating decimals and their equivalent fractions (such as 0.25 and 1/4, or 3.5 and 7/2)
- recognise, sketch and produce graphs of linear and quadratic functions. Use appropriate scaling with equations in x and y and the Cartesian plane
- use Pythagoras' Theorem and trigonometric ratios in similar triangles. Solve problems involving right-angled triangles
- describe simple mathematical relationships between 2 variables in observational and experimental contexts. Show this using scatter graphs
Read the full national curriculum for more information about teaching maths in secondary schools.
Getting into teacher training
Funding for teaching maths
Funding (money you do not have to pay back) is available for training to be a maths teacher.
Improving your maths subject knowledge
If you need to brush up on how well you know your subject before you become a maths teacher, you can do a subject knowledge enhancement course.Find out about subject knowledge enhancement courses.
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