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High-flyers grounded

Sounds like Maggie Thatcher and her aftermath are doing more for teacher recruitment than all those expensive Government ad campaigns.

There are two distinct sets of people flocking to teaching right now - those born during the Thatcher years, and those who had "me generation" careers during her 11-year rule. Thatcher's babies are apparently shunning high-flying City jobs for the delights of working in a classroom, according to the 2003 Graduate Careers Survey, which has teaching as the number three job on the list of most popular careers.

The other big influx of teachers are older people who had high-flying City jobs during the early 80s and who are now retraining as teachers in an attempt to find a more "socially useful" career.

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