Anger over maths shortage
STUDENTS at a Felixstowe high school are being forced to pay for private tuition because of a lack of maths teachers, it has been claimed.Parents Chris and Tracy Gittins , of College Green, Felixstowe, voiced concern that a number of children from Deben High are having to get extra help with the core subject.
STUDENTS at a Felixstowe high school are being forced to pay for private tuition because of a lack of maths teachers, it has been claimed.
Parents Chris and Tracy Gittins , of College Green, Felixstowe, voiced concern that a number of children from Deben High are having to get extra help with the core subject.
But headteacher Terry Ring said while he acknowledged there was a shortage of maths teachers, they were working hard to minimise the affect on students' learning.
Mr and Mrs Gittins, whose three children attend the school, said: “All of our children have suffered from an absence of maths teachers that has led to them all requiring extra help at home in order to have any chance of passing maths.
“Friends of ours have even had to resort to additional private tutoring.”
They claimed the situation had got so desperate a recent letter from the school referred parents to a number of maths websites so they could help to teach their children at home.
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“This seems a ridiculous situation for a school to be in, especially since the same letter offers no concrete information with regard to how the school will provide the quality of teaching we expect in such an important subject,” they added.
Mr Ring said over the last three years maths results at Deben in Garrison Lane had continued to improve - and children had performed above expectations in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.
“For such an important subject these absences cause perfectly understandable anxiety for both pupils and parents,” he said.
“I have therefore written to the parents of the pupils affected and I am also speaking to pupils in their maths classes about this situation.
“We are continuing to maintain the children's maths lessons and they are making progress. We do not expect children to teach themselves or their parents to do it for us.
“Although, like other schools, we have found that the number of qualified maths teachers and maths supply teachers are limited, we are currently employing two supply teachers with these qualifications.”