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Top graduates needed for teaching

Published: Monday, 22 October 2007   Category: Public sector

The government must focus on trying to recruit high-quality graduates to the teaching profession if they want to improve education in the UK, according to a former head of the schools standards unit.

A new study by global consultancy firm McKinsey has found that school reforms such as spending increases, reduced class sizes and greater school independence have failed for decades in many countries because the quality of teachers have been overlooked, reports the Independent.

Sir Michael Barber, a former head of public policy during the Blair years, has said that financial investment has not reaped the benefits around the world.

Writing in The Times Educational Supplement, he said: "Massive increases in expenditure on education over the last generation (last year alone the world's governments spent $2 trillion) have not resulted in comparable improvements in achievements," reports the Independent.

South Korea, one of the four countries to lead international performance tables, recruits from the top five per cent of graduates, the report found.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18325670-ADNFCR

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