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Top graduates take on tough school

Published: Monday, 28 January 2008   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

High-performing graduates have been sent to challenging schools to teach children under a Teach First scheme, despite not having considered the profession previously, it has emerged.

Based on a Teach for America programme, the new strategy has targeted high-achieving students at leading UK universities and placed them in tough inner-city schools to tune up their leadership skills, reports the Times.

A report on the project by the government's education watchdog Ofsted revealed that half of the students taking part subsequently decided to remain in teaching, the article noted.

Some 210 students across 70 schools in London were inspected over the scheme's two-year stint and were reportedly adjudged to have had a positive impact on underperforming departments.

"Although trainees found their immersion into teaching exceptionally challenging, around a half achieved the standards for qualified teacher status to an outstanding level," concluded Ofsted, as reported by the newspaper.

Teach for America's mission is to enlist "promising future leaders" into the classroom in an effort to eliminate educational inequality, according to its website.


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