I AM sorry to read that Ken Shelton (Friday magazine, January 22) has not been able to find a place on the Graduate Teacher Programme in London.
This employment-based programme provides a valuable school-based route to achieving Qualified Teacher Status for mature people.
Employment-based training is growing in popularity with schools and potential teachers. More than 600 schools have sent in applications over the past year on behalf of trainees who have successfully secured a post, and more than 3,000 schools, local education authorities and others have asked for details of the programmes.
Some 17 per cent of enquiries have come from London, as have 28 per cent of applications - so the capital is in fact showing a relatively high level of interest.
My staff will be happy to arrange presentations to schools, LEAs and others to discuss the programmes in more detail. For initial information, contact our GRTP administration unit on 01926 330006. Or e-mail 106310.444 @compuserve.com. Or website http:www.benchmarque.co.uk Anthea Millett Chief executive Teacher Training Agency Portland House Stag Place, London SW1E