Headlines: September 4th, 2003

A new campaign has been launched to recruit graduates from across industry and commerce into teaching. The Teacher Training Agency is seeking out people who are dissatisfied with their current careers and feel that their talents are being underused.Ralph Tabberer, Chief Executive of the Agency said: “Recent Ofsted reports show that schools now have the best newly qualified teachers ever. With comprehensive training and more effective support in schools, teachers can look forward to a stimulating and challenging career which is difficult to match.”

The recruitment campaign will include television and cinema commercials, supported by advertising in newspapers, magazines and poster sites including the London Underground. A new website and other marketing initiatives will show teaching as a career option offering improved pay and real opportunities for progression.

Trainees on postgraduate Initial Teacher Training courses are entitled to a tax-free training bursary worth 6,000 pounds and there are no tuition fees.Newly qualified teachers start on a scale ranging from 18,105 to 26,460 pounds. Salaries are higher in London. Teaching in a priority subject such as mathematics or science attracts a “golden hello” of 4000 pounds. The pay scale for experienced classroom teachers rises to 33,150 outside London.

The previous recruitment campaign resulted in 15% more graduates starting their teacher training this month. The numbers of graduates accepting places to train as maths teachers are up by 35%.