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Maths crisis prompts appeal for teaching help

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Mathematics are asked to add to the school’s numbers

A teaching crisis at St Helena’s Prince Andrew School has prompted an extraordinary appeal for help from anyone with maths skills.

It was put out after the island’s only full-time maths teacher fell ill – in the run-up to GCSE exams.

According to The Sentinel newspaper, head teacher Abraham Swart has told parents that contingency arrangements are being put in place to help pupils with revision, and teachers from other subjects are helping out.

The appeal in the island press asks for people who have an A level in maths, or the equivalent, to become temporary teachers or assistants.

“You could take and/or support classes in maths on a weekly or monthly basis,” says the appeal. “Opportunities for part-time and flexible working will be considered.”

The crisis has arisen just after advertisements for qualified maths teachers appeared in newspapers overseas. Interviews are due to take place in London shortly.

The island’s new education director, Colin Moore, has declared an ambition to expand teaching in maths, as well as other science subjects – including technology, engineering and marine studies.

A senior teacher is also being sought as a “raising attainment” partner – to help boost education standards as the island gears up to the challenges expected when its airport opens in 2015.

The one-year contract is advertised with a salary of £45,000 and benefits in the region of £17,800, including rent and flights. The job is aimed at existing senior leaders, and includes:

  • raising teaching standards, with monitoring
  • raising staff confidence and ambition
  • helping to reach a target of 50% of pupils achieving five good GCSEs, including maths and English.

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