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Classroom Assistants: Mathematics

Volume 461: debated on Monday 11 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what schemes are in place to support school pupils' mathematics education by using university students to mentor them; and how many pupils are participating in such schemes. (141266)

The Department for Education and Skills currently funds, through the Training and Development Agency for Schools, the Student Associates Scheme. The scheme's twin aims are to encourage undergraduates into teacher training and to use the undergraduates as role models for school pupils with a view to increasing participation into higher education. Undergraduates spend up to 15 days in a school working with individual pupils, groups and whole classes. The majority of placements are in secondary priority shortage subjects. In the academic year 2006/07, we expect that, of a total of 7,955 potential allocated places, approximately 1,390 will be mathematics placements. Provisional allocations for the academic year 2007/08 suggest that the mathematics figure will arise to around 1,415.