"Without mathematics, there’s nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics. Everything around you is numbers."

Shakuntala Devi

  • Why become a maths teacher?
  • Training with United Teaching
  • Hear from our trainees
  • Meet our subject advisors
  • Get in touch

Why become a maths teacher?

As a maths teacher, you will play an essential role – teaching young people to appreciate maths and empowering them to use it in their daily lives. Your lessons will make a life-changing impact on your students.

There are generous scholarships and bursaries, up to £34,000, available if you're training to teach maths - you can find out more here.

Training with United Teaching

United Teaching is the initial teacher training scheme for United Learning – a national group of over 70 schools committed to bringing out the best in everyone.

With us, you can train while you teach to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), as well as a PGCE awarded by Goldsmiths, University of London.

Our two-year programme ensures you are supported by mentors and tutors beyond your initial teacher training, putting you on the path to becoming a truly excellent practitioner and leader.

Other benefits of teaching at a United Learning school include:

  • Subject-specific CPD, with guest speakers including Craig Barton (Mr Barton Maths) and Colin Hegarty (Hegarty Maths)
  • Expert support from subject advisors
  • Shared curriculum and resources
  • 3 meeting-free INSET days per year (8 in total)
  • Regular opportunities to network and share ideas across different schools

Hear from our trainees

Christobel Gondwe Manchester Academy United Teaching-1"I found, compared to other training programmes that I'd looked at, I felt that United Teaching provided a more of a comprehensive and holistic teaching approach - it wasn't just about learning to impart knowledge, it was about developing as a teacher."

- Christobel, maths trainee

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Meet our subject advisors

Our maths subject advisors are experienced practitioners and know what works in the classroom. They support trainees with subject-specific guidance and host Subject Studies Days to focus purely on how to teach maths well. You'll also receive support from a dedicated subject mentor at your school, who will give feedback on your lessons and coach you to be the best teacher you can be.

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Fay Sheppard

National Director of Maths

Fay retrained from a finance background as a Maths teacher in 2007. In 2011, she moved to Burlington Danes Academy as Second In Charge of Maths and then subsequently as Head of Maths. Ofsted recognised BDA as outstanding in 2014 whilst she was HoD and the department achieved success in both their A-level (ALPS 1) and GCSE results (91% A*-C). Fay has been an examiner for over 6 years and is part of the AQA expert panel. In 2015, Fay was appointed as United Learning’s Maths subject advisor for the South, before becoming National Director of Maths in 2017.

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Amanda Whitehead

Maths Advisor

Amanda has worked in education for over ten years. She started her career by joining the Teach First programme after receiving a first-class honours degree in Mathematics. Amanda joined United Learning in 2012 and worked as a lead practitioner, SLE, head of department and Assistant Principal. Amanda is now works alongside Fay Sheppard as a Maths Advisor across all United Learning schools.

Find out more

If you want to know more about training to teach maths with us, fill in the form below and a member of our team will be in touch: