Tenbury Man Urges More to Consider a Career in Maths
A Tenbury Wells man with a long-held passion for Maths has secured a job as a teacher at a local school following a successful placement.
Jonathan Males said he was delighted to be starting a job at King Charles 1 School in Kidderminster in September.
“I was thrilled to secure the job because I had already worked at the school and knew how good it was,” he said. “The department were incredibly supportive during my time on placement there and I felt that the school was really pushing itself to be as good as possible.”
Jonathan has just completed his Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Maths course at the University of Worcester, during which he carried out placements at both King Charles 1 School and at Lacon Childe School in Cleobury Mortimer.
“Becoming a teacher was something I had always thought would be something I would find rewarding and enjoy,” said the 22-year-old. “I decided specifically on Maths because it was a subject that I really enjoyed and had good success with at school. I also recognised that there was a shortage of teachers, specifically in maths, so I wanted to help in that regard.”
Jonathan, whose undergraduate degree was in Economics and Philosophy, added: “I think there is still a certain stigma associated with mathematics. A lot of people believe they are either not very good at it or need a degree in the subject to be good enough to teach it. However, of the 14 people who have completed the PGCE with me, half did not do maths as a first degree. I think that if this was highlighted more to people, especially students completing an undergraduate degree, this may be help to relieve the shortage that we currently have.”