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Teacher training 'now more attractive' to graduate job hunters

Published: Tuesday, 07 December 2010   Category: All Graduate job news

The UK's best university leavers are still including teaching trainee positions in their search for graduate opportunities, it has been suggested.

New figures published by the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) showed that government targets for the number of people enlisted on secondary teacher training courses were exceeded in 2010 for the second year in succession.

In addition, the research found that the quality of trainee teachers with degrees is on the rise, with 65 per cent of this year's influx holding a 2:1 or better, representing a two per cent rise since 2007.

TDA chief executive Graham Holley said: "In meeting all of our Initial Teacher Training targets in every secondary subject area for the second year running, and improving the quality of entry yet again, we have achieved another significant milestone.

"There is more to be done to match the very best in the world, as we must. But such high levels of interest in a career in teaching confirm that it is the career of choice."

The Higher Education Careers Services Unit claimed recently that 8.4 per cent of maths graduates now go into teacher training, compared to 2.4 per cent of all graduates.

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