The economic downturn might be the reason for an influx of new maths teachers in England, according to data that show recruitment of new maths teachers exceeded expectations. However, to continue to attract high-quality teachers, UK officials should mirror Finland, where teachers are highly regarded and highly qualified, according to one educator. "Every headteacher has witnessed the transformational effect of the arrival of a brilliant teacher," Principal Vicky Tuck writes in this column.

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