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High calibre graduates 'needed in primary school jobs'

Published: Monday, 29 June 2009   Category: All Graduate job news

The Teach First scheme should be extended to provide graduate jobs in primary as well as secondary schools, according to a new report.

Research by the charity the Sutton Trust highlights that primary schools need top graduates as teachers otherwise they risk struggling.

The report claims that the perception of primary teaching needs to change so it is "not only a strong career option for new graduates but is something that the highest calibre graduates and professionals consider for at least part of their working lives".

According to the body, an important factor in why primary teaching is not as attractive as secondary is pay, which is why incentives such as a one-off lump sum could help attract talented recruits.

It also stated that more male graduates need to be encouraged to take on teaching jobs.

The Teach First scheme offers graduates from the UK's top universities the chance to work in challenged secondary schools across the nation for two years and then either stay or take their experiences into another sector.

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