Shell is a founding supporter of the Government’s pioneering Maths and Physics Chairs programme, delivered by Researchers in Schools (RIS), which seeks to address the UK’s shortfall of qualified maths and physics teachers.

Currently, only 26% of UK physics teachers have studied physics beyond A-Level. If the UK is to meet its target of doubling the number of young people going into science and engineering we need to ensure they have access to great quality maths and physics teaching at school.

The programme trains and supports PhD graduates to become outstanding maths and physics teachers. With the support of RIS, corporate partners like Shell and colleagues at their school, the trainee teachers undergo a two-year in-school programme. The specific aims of the programme are to improve subject expertise in the classroom, promote research and champion student access to higher education.

The programme, which launched in 2014, is now undergoing a significant expansion. Over the coming years tens of thousands of students will benefit from specialist maths and physics teaching.

To find out more visit the Researchers in Schools website at

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