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Knight to the manor borne

Tod is brave, fearless and noble. He can kill the enemy with one stroke of his sword. He would make the perfect NQT. Tod is the hero of a job advert placed in The TES by Preston Manor high in Brent, north London. The advert shows a picture of a knight, sword in one hand, shield across his bare chest, resting a foot on a vanquished soldier. The aim is to persuade NQTs that a life of derring-do is less desirable than a career at the Preston Manor chalkface. Andrea Berkeley, the head, said: "It's important that our teachers have a sense of humour. And we are trying to attract male teachers. Looking like a gladiator isn't part of the job spec, though it would be nice."

Adi Bloom

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