PE teacher Matthew Rose discusses his decision to re-train as a maths teacher with NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli (centre) and Lismore MP Thomas George (right).
PE teacher Matthew Rose discusses his decision to re-train as a maths teacher with NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli (centre) and Lismore MP Thomas George (right). Cathryn McLauchlan

PE teacher going back to school for sake of his future

THE key to filling the gap in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in regional areas is to re-train teachers in these areas, New South Wales Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli said.

Mr Piccoli and Lismore MP Thomas George visited The Rivers Secondary College Kadina High Campus to congratulate PE teacher Matthew Rose on taking the step to re-train as a specialist maths teacher.

"One of the big challenges in regional education is recruitment and that's the same in every profession," Mr Piccoli said.

"It's more than buildings or even computers, it's having the right people."

Mr Rose was awarded $5000 to support him in his training.

He said while he always imagined becoming a PE teacher, he still enjoyed teaching maths and science.

Kadina High PE teacher wins statewide scholarship to help him re-train in specialist maths : The Rivers Secondary College Kadina High Campus PE teacher Matthew Rose won a $5000 study grant to retrain in a STEM (science, tech, engineering and maths) area. New South Wales Education Minister Adrian Piccoli and Member for Lismore Thomas George visited the campus today to congratulate him.

"I enjoyed maths in high school but I never thought I'd be a maths teacher ... I think there are more opportunities in this area to do maths teaching," he said.

"In the world we're living in we're pushing more and more to using IT.

"Instead of the traditional working out of a textbook it's more about using programs to try and teach the curriculum and reach the outcomes."

As part of his scholarship, Mr Rose will benefit from the study grant, study leave and a permanent teaching position.

He will complete his studies at Southern Cross University early next year.

As part of the NSW Government's focus on STEM studies, high achieving students will gain access to tertiary courses and mentoring opportunities with businesses and universities, while 50 science labs in public schools across the state will be upgraded.

The NSW Government has committed to providing for 320 public school teachers to re-train as specialists.

Mr George said the State Government's continued support of STEM learning would "prepare students for future jobs in the state's fastest-growing occupations".