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Graduate job hunters continue solid teacher applications

Published: Wednesday, 06 January 2010   Category: Public sector

Graduate jobs in the teaching profession continue to be highly sought after, according to statistics released by the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA).

The figures show that the number of graduates applying to be teachers during 2009-10 climbed by 27 per cent, with a total of 29,000 students or university leavers submitting applications.

Meanwhile, forms have also been given in by a number of people looking for a career change, with bankers and lawyers among those seeking a future in teaching.

Speaking to the Guardian, Graham Holley, chief executive of the TDA, said: "It's already making a big difference to us and it will make a big difference in the classroom in due course.

"There's been a wider change in societal attitudes to teaching. It's no longer seen as just a safe, solid career. These new teachers want to inspire people, give something back to society."

Newcomers to the profession carry out their training through the Graduate Teacher Programme, where they learn on the job after being employed by a school.ADNFCR-1068-ID-19543360-ADNFCR

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