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Top experts join school maths drive

University experts in maths and physics are being encouraged to become school teachers as part of a fresh government bid to inspire youngsters to study the subjects and raise standards, it has been announced.

Under a new programme, research fellows who hold a PhD in one of these subjects will be handed salaries of £40,000 to work in non-selective state schools in England, the Department for Education (DfE) said.

The posts are being jointly funded by the Government and businesses such as Barclays, BAE Systems, Samsung and GlaxoSmithKline.

The DfE said that research fellows who take part in the scheme, which will run from September, will conduct masterclasses for pupils in networks of schools, help youngsters to secure work experience with businesses that are backing the programme, set up free online maths and physics resources for schools to use, and teach lessons that stretch the most able students.

Education Minister Elizabeth Truss said: "Too many teenagers think maths and physics are niche subjects - that couldn't be further from the truth.

"They open the door to careers in everything from business or journalism to technology or engineering.

"We want to inspire young people to study maths and physics and I can't think of anyone better to do that than teachers.

"By getting experts into schools we can build a pipeline from GCSE through to A-level and beyond into the world of work - teenagers studying these subjects will go on to underpin a flourishing UK economy."

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