Teaching, the Top-Class Job

By Carrington, Lucie | Daily Mail (London), October 3, 2002 | Go to article overview

Teaching, the Top-Class Job


Carrington, Lucie, Daily Mail (London)


Byline: LUCIE CARRINGTON

THE days when teachers were viewed as under- performing whiners with too many holidays are over.

More than one in three of us would love to teach, according to research out today from recruitment firm reed.co.uk Teaching as a hot career choice is on a par with writing a novel and becoming an interior designer.

'It's not just the survey results that are showing this huge increase in the popularity of teaching,' says Paul Rapacioli, managing director of reed.co.uk 'We have seen huge increases in the number of people visiting our site looking for teaching jobs. It's doubled in the past 12 months.' Mary Doherty, director of teacher supply and recruitment at the Teacher Training Agency (TTA), says there has been a steady increase in the number of applications for teacher-training over the past three years.

What's more, 100,000 people a year phone the TTA's hotline looking for more information on teaching.

'The reputation of teaching has improved. Standards have gone up and parents have seen the successes with their children. They also recognise that teaching is a demanding job,' says Miss Doherty.

'There are lots of reasons why people want to go into teaching now.

'Many come into the profession after doing other things. They are looking for something more meaningful.' Teachers' pay and prospects have increased over the past few years, which has helped, too. A newlyqualified classroom teacher receives pound sterling17,595 a year, rising to pound sterling32,217.

Once they get on the management path, pay can go up again.

To become a teacher you have to have qualified teacher status and there are a variety of ways to do this. It can involve full or part-time training, or training on the job. There is even a fast-track programme for high-flyers.

Virtually all teacher training is free and there is a pound sterling6,000 grant for anyone opting to do a Post Graduate Certificate of Education.

Golden hellos worth pound sterling4,000 are available to people who can teach one of the shortage subjects - maths, science, modern languages, design and technology and English. …

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