STEM subjects - teachers are in short supply | Hourglass Education

The sky’s the limit with STEM subjects in the UK

2020 has been a big year for science and technology – and it’s a great way to underline the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in schools.

We’re yet to see if the successes of vaccine research, and the prominence of the statisticians, etc. will have an impact on the number of students pursuing STEM subjects, but we have a long way to go in this area. Physics, chemistry and maths teachers have been in short supply in the UK for a number of years.

STEM Superstars

This is in spite of the efforts of enthusiastic STEM role models such as Professor Sarah Gilbert, the lead scientist on the COVID-19 vaccine at the University of Oxford. Despite never intending to work on vaccines, Gilbert’s career led her into an academic role looking at the genetics of malaria. It’s fortunate for us that it did.

Another prominent STEM advocate is Dr Nira Chamberlain. In his day job, Chamberlain writes algorithms to help solve complex industrial problems.  In his ‘spare time’ Chamberlain devised his own, calculator free, method of long multiplication.  He is also committed to encouraging young people to consider a science education and career.

The harder the battle, the sweeter the victory

One of Chamberlain’s recurring themes is his love of maths and the beauty of the subject.  He sees its mystery as a personal challenge, and the subsequent struggle to be rewarding.  He says that solving difficult mathematical problems can be “like fighting an invisible boxer, the harder the battle, the sweeter the victory”. 

“She sees maths everywhere she looks”

We recently introduced an overseas-trained maths specialist to one of our client schools in England. We were delighted to read the interview feedback, which focused on this teacher’s charisma, fluency and inspirational character. The interviewer could see the candidate’s passion for her subject, and said:

“She sees maths everywhere she looks, and finds it useful in every aspect of her life. She is exactly the sort of teacher I would like to have in my classroom”. 

The good news is that as a specialist recruiter with a global focus, Hourglass is committed to a global search for STEM stars for our client schools. We have over 20 years’ experience and can help with any of your questions about working in UK schools, and your relocation queries.

Hourglass is part of Pertemps Education and focuses on permanent roles, overseas candidates and leadership. Pertemps Education provides schools with agile, energetic and reliable temporary teachers and support staff. When you register with us, we may suggest you speak to a Pertemps Education consultant.

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