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Student teacher highlights issue of 'maths phobia'

21/12/2012 Kelly
Maths anxiety among new entrants to teaching jobs is often a result of their own school experiences and can be transmitted to their students, according to new research.

The TES reports on research by student teacher Sharon Friel-Myels, who considers herself to be maths-phobic.

Her BEd at the University of Dundee focused on maths anxiety among teachers - something that is likely to have a bigger impact on new teachers who will be expected to show their literacy and numeracy skills under new rules.

Dr Sheila Henderson, her supervisor, said that introducing pre-entry maths tests for teachers may put off many with anxiety, who can overcome these concerns with the right training and support.

The news comes at a time when the Department for Education has just announced a new scholarship scheme aimed at attracting top graduates into maths teaching jobs.

As well as £20,000, successful scholars will receive support and benefits from the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, the London Mathematical Society and the Royal Statistical Society.

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