Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

New Teachers Can't Find Work in the North East

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

New Teachers Can't Find Work in the North East

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NEW primary school teachers are struggling to get work in the North East.

Only a third of newly-qualified teachers (NQTs) are able to find permanent jobs in the region despite graduating here, according to the Training and Development Agency (TDA).

The TDA says school closures and amalgamations in our region are forcing new teachers to move elsewhere - or reconsider their choice of career.

Just 33% of those qualifying in the North East got permanent jobs in primary schools compared with 73% in London.

In addition, around 45% of NQTs in our region had to accept a fixed-term contract, compared with just 14% in the capital.

The figures are shown in this year's NQT survey from the TDA and are similar to results in 2008.

School rolls have been falling in many schools the North East for a umber of years. It's believed the decline started after the mines and the shipbuilding industries closed.

Most local authorities across the country are looking to cut thousands of surplus places. …

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