Agency targets disabled teachers

8th January 1999 at 00:00
Disabled people are being targeted in a new move to boost recruitment to teaching.

Anthea Millett, chief executive of the Teacher Training Agency, Charles Clarke, schools minister, and Nigel de Gruchy, general secretary of the NASUWT, were among the big guns at the launch of a new book encouraging disabled people to consider teaching.

Into Teaching, produced by Skill, the national bureau for students with disabilities, highlights positive role models, explains what courses are available, and discusses the medical fitness assessment.

Barbara Waters, Skill's director, said only 0.1 per cent of teachers are disabled, compared to 8.4 per cent of all employed people.

* For more information about Into Teaching, contact Skill's information service on 0800 328 5050 or 0171 274 0565 (voicetext).

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