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4.26 This deficit will be tackled by providing support to increase the number of
specialist teachers in physics, chemistry and mathematics and to improve the
skills of existing teachers. We need more specialist mathematics teachers in
primary schools and will encourage and support schools in developing this
specialism. We will support schools which offer students the chance to study GCSE
physics, chemistry and biology as separate subjects by exploring how
performance tables can reward this raising of aspirations. The teaching of A level
further mathematics will be supported by funding initiatives such as the further
mathematics support programme. We will also look at ways of supporting the
in-depth study of physics. Already other organisations, for example the Physics
Factory, are enabling more state school students to enjoy high-quality physics
teaching. And we will initiate two new competitions with prizes for the best
engineering projects from male and female students in state schools.