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Graduates sign up to teach

Published: Tuesday, 24 February 2009   Category: Public sector

An increasing number of graduates have turned to teaching as a career path, figures from the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) show.

The TDA has reported that applications for teaching jobs have seen a 45 per cent increase in 2007-2008, and the number of people looking for a career in science or maths teaching has increased the most.

Science teaching saw a 23 per cent rise in applications in the last year, while maths saw a 25 per cent rise and 40 per cent more applicants have registered on the Teaching Information Line for maths.

Graham Holley, chief executive of the TDA, said: "We're seeing an unprecedented and sustained rise in inquiries about teaching."

The TDA has also launched itself on popular networking site Facebook, where 2,700 of those interested in the sector are logging on every day to communicate with current teachers.

Events for graduate teacher training will be held around the country, beginning on February 27th at the Science Museum in London and moving on to Birmingham and Manchester.
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