The recruitment of teachers in Maths is a challenge for many schools and as a result they are deploying non-specialist teachers to cover their specialist recruitment gaps. This can cause disruption for pupils and schools and impact on attainment. 

Teacher Subject Specialism Training (TSST), is a school-led model where lead schools design and deliver TSST in secondary maths and/or physics to meet local and regional needs. Courses are designed to reflect the individual needs of the participant, so there is no definitive description of a course or fixed delivery model. Training being offered includes face-to-face, online, coaching, lesson observation and mentoring, and is embedded in teachers’ classroom practice. TSST is a national offer and it is expected that programmes will be open to all participants across the country, to ultimately ensure that all secondary schools have access to TSST, therefore recruiting more teacher of Mathematics.

This training is delivered free of cost to participants. This includes:

  • non-specialist teachers who could potentially teach a relevant subject in addition to their main subject
  • non-specialist teachers who are currently teaching a relevant subject either full-time or in addition to their specialist subject
  • teachers looking to return to the profession

If you’re interested in this training you can find opportunities using the directory (see link on the right). You can apply directly to the school group that is offering training in your local area or that best meets your learning needs.

The majority of courses on offer involve training during term time. If you’re a serving teacher and would like to take part, you should discuss this with your school before making contact with the schools listed in the directory.

If you’re a returning teacher, please register with the National College for Teaching and leadership (NCTL). Please visit Get into Teaching for further information and additional support for teachers returning to the profession.


The Boolean Maths Hub supports the TSST programme as an initiative to produce more competent and confident teachers of mathematics. We are working on a local level with individuals looking for support to become Maths teachers, with individual programme providers and any HEI involved. The Maths Hub supports facilitation of the TSST led by Bristol Metropolitan Academy/CLF Institute and the University of the West of England. We also have members on the TSST national working party looking at quality assurance, accountability and minimum specifications.