About Researchers in Schools
The Maths and Physics Chairs Programme
The Maths and Physics Chairs programme is a government supported initiative that seeks to increase the supply of maths and physics teachers with high-level subject expertise in non-selective state schools. The Chairs Programme was launched through Researchers in Schools in May 2014 and is supported by leading business sponsors. It works to recruit outstanding postdoctoral researchers to train and teach in non-selective state schools.
- Maths and Physics Chairs Programme specifically aims to recruit postdoctoral maths and physics trainees – known as Chairs -to train and teach from September 2016, where individuals work to share their subject expertise and inspire the next generation of mathematicians and physicists
- The long-term aim of the programme is to fuel the pipeline of 16-18 year olds progressing to study maths and science at A-level and then university and/or into employment in sectors requiring these skills.
- Beyond this, the programme also works to disseminate the subject knowledge, resources and expertise of Chairs to schools and pupils across the education sector.
- Leading businesses provide additional funding and support for the programme, including Goldman Sachs, Shell and BAE Systems.
- As well as building relationships with postdoctoral researchers, businesses that sponsor the programme will offer opportunities to the schools and pupils associated with the programme.
- Each Chair commands a significant salary uplift, funded by the Department for Education
RIS is the delivery provider of the Maths and Physics Chairs programme. Every candidate who secures a place as a maths or physics trainee on the RIS programme will automatically be eligible for the salary uplift and associated benefits. Candidates wanting to become a maths or physics chair must apply through the normal RIS application process.
The Chairs programme is a government-supported initiative, through the Department of Education, that seeks to increase the supply of teachers in shortage areas with high-level subject expertise in non-selective state schools. For the 2017 intake, Mathematics, Physics and Engineering subject specialists who train to be teachers in Maths or Physics in will be eligible for a salary of up to and benefits package worth up to £40,800 in the first year, rising in years two and three. For more information, please see the salary section of our brochure.
- The Shortage Subject Salary Uplift Programme (SU) specifically aims to recruit trainees in the subjects listed above to train and teach from September 2016, where these individuals will inject their subject expertise into the schools they work with.
- The long-term aim of the programme is to fuel the pipeline of 16-18 year olds progressing to study these subjects at post-16 level and on to university and/or into employment in sectors requiring these skills.
- Through this programme, each trainee in a relevant subject may command a significant salary uplift the details of which can be found in our researcher brochure.
- The Salary uplift is available for both training years of the programme, and for a third year if trainees remain on the programme.
Every candidate who secures a place as a trainee on the RIS programme in these shortage subjects is eligible for the salary uplift and associated benefits. Candidates wanting to apply for the SU programme must apply through the normal RIS application process and we will update you on your eligibility for the uplift.