Top graduates are being persuaded into mathematics teaching jobs through a prestigious new scholarship that will see them awarded £20,000 for training.
Announced by education secretary Michael Gove, the new partnership is being backed by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), the London Mathematical Society and the Royal Statistical Society.
Approximately 150 scholarships will be offered, each worth £20,000, to graduates earning a 2:1 or first-class degree and wishing to pursue a maths teaching job.
The new scheme is part of the government's wider plans to raise education standards by ensuring higher quality teaching jobs. As well as ensuring children receive a high-quality education, it is hoped that the approach will allow Britain to improve its global rankings.
The various groups backing the initiative will work with a body of experts in mathematics, statistics and teaching practice to identify scholarship candidates with a strong background in the subject and commitment to teaching.
On top of the tax-free bursary, scholars will benefit from membership offers, support in teacher training and early career development, and free access to journals, conferences and events run by the IMA, LMS and RSS.
Nigel Steele, honorary secretary for education at the IMA, said: "Mathematics, through its applications, already contributes massively to the UK economy. Research also shows that those who do well at mathematics at school are likely to earn significantly more than their peers.
"These scholars will help strengthen the mathematics teaching force in its capacity to inspire those who will determine the future."
The scholarships follow a similar programme led by the Institute of Physics, with awards also announced earlier this year for chemistry and computer science - as part of the coalition government's teacher training strategy.
Mr Gove said: "High-quality mathematics education is at the heart of improving our society and our economy.
"By working together, these prestigious institutions will help deliver a scholarship scheme to make sure we have excellent mathematics teachers in this country with deep subject knowledge.
"It will help raise the status of the teaching profession and also make a huge difference in the lives of children.
Posted by Tim Colman