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Degree ruling 'could unfairly prevent graduate opportunities in teaching'

Published: Friday, 26 November 2010   Category: All Graduate job news

The government should not stop supporting Britons with third-class degrees who are keen to secure graduate opportunities in the education sector, it has been suggested.

Earlier this week, the government unveiled a white paper which recommended that only individuals with at least a 2:2 degree should be eligible for financial backing for teacher training.

However, Professor Dylan Wiliam, emeritus professor of educational assessment at the Institute of Education, claimed that the move will unfairly deter graduates who could become excellent teachers.

"Are we really saying that a biologist with a 2:2 will make a better physics teacher than a physicist with a third?" he said.

"There should be an alternative route to bursaries for those with third-class degrees who show particular talent for teaching."

Professor Wiliam backed up his claims by revealing that a study by the Centre for Markets and Public Organisation at Bristol University found that students learn the same amount, regardless of their teachers' degree class.

The Institute of Education is a graduate college of the University of London and has been delivering teacher training since being founded in 1902.

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