Brown sparks job boom

5th May 2000 at 01:00
GORDON Brown's windfall for schools and an increased number of trainees in shortage subjects are credited with a boom in vacancies.

This week's TES is the biggest ever, with more than 5,000 job advertisements across almost 400 pages, highlighting the huge market for teachers in shortage subjects. Analysts believe the cash which the Chancellor put straight into schools from this year's Budget has prompted heads to go on a spending spree on new staff.

Primaries got pound;3,000-pound;5,000 and secondaries between pound;30,000 and pound;90,000. Heads were told the money was for anything which helped raise standards.

With just three weeks to go beforehalf term, this week's TES contains almost 1,000 vacancies in state primary and special schools, more than 3,100 jobs in maintained secondaries and nearly 500 jobs in the independent sector. There are more than 300 adverts for heads and deputy heads.

Recruitment analyst John Howson suggested that many schools had been carrying vacancies in shortage subjects for some time.

But the arrival of the year's biggest recruitment season - coupled with the knowledge that last year's pound;5,000 golden hellos in maths and science have boosted numbers of new teachers - has prompted them to try their luck, he added.


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