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Amy Eaton and Beth Elvidge

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Two Former Stourbridge Students Return to the Classroom to Help the Shortage of Maths Teachers

Two former pupils of King Edward VI School in Stourbridge are helping to fill the national shortage of Maths teachers after both gaining jobs straight after qualifying.

Amy Eaton and Beth Elvidge have successfully completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Maths at the University of Worcester.

Amy started work at Pedmore Technology College in Stourbridge on July 1, while Beth starts at Kinver High School in September.

“I have always wanted to teach young people and have loved maths since an early age at school,” said Amy. “As it is something I have always been good at, I wanted to help others understand and love the subject also. I used to work in a mental health hospital for young people and helped out in the school there which further inspired my passion for teaching.”

The 26-year-old, from Dudley, added: “It felt amazing to get this job. I was so pleased that my hard work on this course paid off. I loved the school when I went for interview, everyone was so welcoming and I really enjoyed the day.”

Beth said she had always wanted to be a Maths teacher. “I have wanted to teach for as a long as I can remember, and I have always enjoyed maths,” said the 22-year-old. “I had work experience at Special schools and Primary schools but the pivotal moment came when I worked in the mathematics department at Holly Hall Academy in Dudley. Since then everything I have done has been leading to becoming a qualified maths teacher.”

She added: “In the future I would love to progress to being head of my own department and building my own curriculum. I would also love to mentor my own student teachers as this year has shown me the importance of having good support in school."