Ministers want Britain's top IT and science companies to encourage "career switchers" to go into teaching. Ministers want professional scientists, mathematicians, information technology experts and engineers to help fill the skills gaps in classrooms.
Now we have been hearing for some time that the government wants more science teachers, notably in the area of physics. If I was a conspiracy theorist I would say that the current devastation of UK physics research plays into the governments plans brilliantly.
Many of England's science teachers have not studied science to degree level.
But many future ones might just have PhDs!
Hundreds of physicists and technicians will lose their jobs at the stroke of an STFC pencil leaving them available to sculpt future minds. Of course since some of the best research groups and training grounds for future PhDs are about to get decimated there isn't much to inspire those young minds with.
On the other hand, some folks, such as the current set of ministers at DUIS, the PM and of course the executive of STFC will have a hell of a legacy: they will have killed some of the best science in the world.