In a PIT of temptation

7th July 2000 at 01:00
There was a time when the Government could dig into the PIT (the pool of inactive teachers) when it encountered shortfalls in student-teacher recruitment.

That strategy is much less effective than it was, but the PIT's seam is by no means exhausted. The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales believes that a large number of qualified secondary teachers who are currently outside the profession could be tempted back if only they were offered the right incentive.

It is therefore funding the Extending Skills Programme, which is designed to give former secondary teachers the guidance, competence and conidence they need to apply for subject posts. The pilot project, which was limited to 10 applicants, has just finished and its organisers, the Open University in Wales and the University of Wales Aberystwyth, are now planning to develop the programme next year.

"It will include a minimum of five school-experience days, and generally provide an update of knowledge and experience," a spokesman for the two universities said last week. "We will also offer advice on CVs, letters of application and interview technique."

The Open University in Wales: stand 162 Further information: tel 0292 0397911


Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now