Getting into Teaching: Never Been Better Time to Train Up

Birmingham Evening Mail (England), April 5, 2000 | Go to article overview

Getting into Teaching: Never Been Better Time to Train Up


THERE has never been a better time to enter teaching than now, thanks to a number of initiatives announced by Education and Employment Secretary David Blunkett, last week.

Paramount among them is that, for the first time, training salaries of pounds 6,000 a year will be introduced for all graduates entering teacher training from September 2000.

Teachers of mathematics, science, modern foreign languages and technology, successfully competing their induction period, will receive a pounds 4,000 bonus at the start of their second year as qualified teachers.

Schools training teachers through the employment-based Graduate Teacher Programme will receive up to pounds 13,000 per person a year to meet the salary costs.

Said Mr Blunkett: 'Teacher recruitment is a top priority. We now need to add momentum to the drive to attract more talented people to the profession.

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'The new pay system which is being introduced offers teachers the chance to earn up to pounds 30,000 a year in the classroom. That makes teaching a more attractive career choice.'

Mr Blunkett said that in a competitive labour market, with rising employment, graduates are in high demand. 'So we need to ensure that those graduates who want to become teachers see teaching as an attractive career option.

'Graduates entering teacher training do not have to pay fees either. I believe that with the prospects of earning higher classroom salaries as well, this will be an attractive proposition to those moving from college to a career in the classroom.'

The funding is part of a package of measures aimed at attracting more people into the profession. …

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