A multi-million-pound scheme to increase massively the number of elite teachers parachuted into Britain’s toughest schools is being announced by the Government. The funding will help train 2,000 top graduates a year to teach in schools in inner cities and other deprived parts of the country. This is from the Daily Mail…
A multi-million-pound scheme to increase massively the number of elite teachers parachuted into Britain’s toughest schools will be announced by the Government tomorrow.
The funding will help train 2,000 top graduates a year to teach in schools in inner cities and other deprived parts of the country.
The money, to be unveiled by Education Secretary Michael Gove, is the latest tranche granted by the Government to the charity Teach First, which was set up to woo high-flyers to swap lucrative City jobs for the classroom.
The Government said tens of thousands of children from disadvantaged backgrounds would benefit because the charity operates only in schools where at least half the pupils come from the poorest third of families in England.
Mr Gove said: ‘The quality of teachers has a greater influence on children’s achievement than any other aspect of their education. Every pupil, regardless of their background, deserves high-quality teaching in order to succeed in life. Teach First helps get some of our brightest graduates into some of our most challenging classrooms. We are committed to supporting the charity in its efforts to reach more schools.’
Founded by former City business consultant Brett Wigdortz in 2002, Teach First takes on only high-calibre graduates who have a 2:1 degree or above and trainees must go through a rigorous assessment process and intensive two-year training programme.
The government said that tens of thousands of children from disadvantaged backgrounds would benefit from the latest tranche of funding, which was granted to the charity Teach First.
So selective is the screening that many of the would-be teachers are weeded out and Teach First approves only about 12 per cent of applicants. The organisation already takes on more than 1,000 graduates a year who want to avoid the traditional teacher-training path, and the new money, expected to be about £7 million, will almost double the numbers.
Already the biggest recruiter from Oxford and Cambridge, the charity will next year become Britain’s biggest graduate recruitment organisation. Trainees are required to stay in the classroom for only two years, and many sign up to hone skills, such as communication, that they believe will serve them well in future careers.
But more than half stay in teaching and the most inspirational are fast-tracked into senior roles.Mr Wigdortz welcomed the new Government funding and said: ‘This support is vital to help us achieve our ambitious aim to ensure that no child’s educational success is limited by their socio-economic background.’
The charity already has more than 1,000 graduates a year who want to avoid the traditional teacher-training route
Though it began in London and spread to other cities, including Manchester, the charity is now expanding into coastal and rural schools suffering from disadvantages. The new grant, which takes Government support for Teach First to nearly £40 million, is part of Mr Gove’s plans to boost education standards by attracting the brightest students into teaching.
In addition to the Teach First scheme, graduates with first-class degrees who specialise in subjects in which there is a shortage of teachers, such as maths and science, can be given financial incentives of up to £20,000 to train on conventional courses, and former soldiers are also being encouraged to sign up.