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Joshua Hemming


Worcester Student Helps to Fill National Maths Teacher Shortage

A Worcester student is helping to fill the national shortage of Maths teachers after securing a job at a local school.

Joshua Hemming, a former pupil of Nunnery Wood High School, will start work at Alcester Grammar School in September, after successfully completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Maths at the University of Worcester.

Joshua carried out one of his placements at Alcester Grammar School as part of the course. “As it was my second placement school I had an opportunity to spend an extended period there and to see the day to day running of the school,” he said. “I thoroughly enjoyed my time there on placement so when I knew there was a job becoming available I immediately applied, and when I got the news I had got the job I was ecstatic.”

Joshua believes there is too much disparity between GCSE and A-level Maths, which could be putting many off from studying the subject further.

“Many students can be put off taking A-level mathematics unless they obtain a very high GCSE mathematics grade,” said the 22-year-old. “I wouldn’t say that mathematics has always come naturally to me but instead I have had to work to understand it. With this in mind I can empathise with students who find mathematics hard and through my own personal experience support their learning.”