The scheme is funded by the Department for Education and seeks to encourage those with good maths and statistics skills to train as a secondary maths teacher in England, with a view that they would become inspirational teachers and future leaders in maths teaching.
Up to 250 scholarships will be available for 2015, each worth £25,000, which replaces any other teacher training bursary entitlement. Candidates are expected to have a strong academic background (a first, upper secondary or postgraduate degree - candidates with a 2:2 may also be eligible if they bring significant additional experience), high levels of mathematical knowledge and a desire to share their passion and love for maths.
As well as the £25,000, scholars become part of a supportive community and are offered two years free membership of the IMA, LMS, RSS, MEI and MA with associated benefits.
Roeland Beerten, RSS director of professional and public affairs said: ‘It’s important for young people to have a good grasp of mathematics and statistics, essential for many careers, academic disciplines, and as a key life skill. As mathematics and statistics specialists, the scholars will be able to enthuse and inspire young people and are ideally placed to contribute to the development of mathematics and statistics education, within their own classrooms and nationally.
‘The Royal Statistical Society works with a wide variety of partners to ensure that society has the quantitative skills needed to thrive in a world full of data, and we are pleased to support this scheme as part of these endeavours’.