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Teaching jobs 'safe' during crunch

Published: Tuesday, 03 June 2008   Category: Life after graduation

Teacher recruitment should not suffer as a result of the credit crunch, it has been claimed.

According to the Times Educational Supplement magazine, teaching budgets will remain steady over the next three years, safeguarding the sector from job losses.

Good news for teaching students is that the number of vacancies available is unlikely to reduce, giving university-leavers the best chance possible of finding employment quickly.

Alan Smithers, director of the centre for education and employment research at Buckingham University, said the economic slowdown could actually be good for the education sector as higher-calibre students may turn towards teaching as a career choice.

He said that during the 1990s education did not necessarily get all the best graduates from the best universities.

"A recession could mean we get a better share, potentially benefiting the state of teaching in schools," he added.

Teaching was recently described as a "top career choice" by the Training and Development Agency for Schools, while the Badenoch & Clark Happiness at Work index described education professionals as the third-happiest after legal and healthcare professionals.

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