The ways in which school leaders deploy staff to deliver the curriculum in mathematics and science subjects in secondary schools is of interest and concern given reports of difficulties in recruiting and retaining specialist mathematics and science teachers in schools

More needs to be known about how schools support their mathematics and science teachers in terms of their professional development.

This report presents findings from a survey of the deployment patterns of teachers and support staff in mathematics and science departments in maintained secondary schools in England. The research was conducted by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) on behalf of the Department for Education and Skills (DfES).


  • Executive summary
  • Introduction
  • Deployment in mathematics
  • Who is teaching mathematics?
  • The staffing of mathematics lessons
  • The contribution of support staff in mathematics departments
  • Views of support staff working with mathematics departments
  • Professional satisfaction of mathematics teachers, heads of department and support staff
  • Deployment in science
  • Who is teaching science?
  • The staffing of science lessons
  • The contribution of technicians and support staff in science departments
  • Views of technicians and other support staff working with science departments
  • Professional satisfaction of science teachers, heads of department and support staff
  • Economic analysis: an overview
  • Conclusion
  • Appendices
  • References