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Lord Adonis: Give more teaching roles to graduates leaving top universities

Published: Friday, 04 February 2011   Category: All Graduate job news | Diversity Jobs

More teaching graduate jobs could be made available to those who attended an elite university, following new suggestions by Lord Adonis.

The former schools secretary said that ensuring every school has one elite university graduate would help to ensure that more bright pupils from poorer areas are accepted at top universities, the Press Association reports.

Speaking at the Independent Academies Association conference in London, he is reported to have said that it is "very, very difficult" to send pupils to top universities without teachers from Oxbridge and other top universities.

"You need a good mix of teachers, of course, at any successful school, but you cannot be a successful school unless you at least have a certain proportion of your teachers who have themselves come from leading universities in to which you intend to send your best students," Lord Adonis added.

He also urged academies and secondary schools to do "whatever it takes" in their dealings with universities to ensure their pupils are given proper consideration.

This week, school inspector Ofsted reported that the quality of geography teaching is "not good enough" in more than half of Britain's schools.

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