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Should we bring a bit more personality into recruitment?

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What makes a good teacher? It’s a difficult question, because it in many ways depends on the person, the school, the students – even the time of year.

But are there certain personality traits that would mark someone out as a future teacher? Research suggests that it is possible, and, if this is indeed the case, it raises a whole lot of questions about teacher recruitment.

If schools could screen recruits to ensure they have the right character for the job, it could improve retention and boost pupils’ attainment.

But Marc Smith, a chartered psychologist and teacher, sounds a note of caution. ...

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