New life beyond the gate

9th February 2001 at 00:00
Classroom professionals left unimpressed by the Government's 3.7 per cent pay rise have a burgeoning field of escape routes.

Kay Driver, general secretary of the Professional Association of Teachers, has led the charge with her recent appointment as chief executive of the British Horse Society.

But other teachers with a horsey bent could do worse than consider the pound;30,000-a-year position of education officer with the British Horseracing Training Board.

You'll have to prioritise its "ambitious education initiative to enlighten schoolchildren and students about horseracing."

An understanding of the education system and enthusiasm for working with young people are "essential", but interest in and knowledge of the horseracing world is only "desirable".

For those with artistic interests, why not check out the pound;40,000-a-yer head of education post at the National Portrait Gallery in London?

The pay is good, and the resources sound better; a modern teaching studio, lecture theatre, and team of educationists will be at your disposal.

You'll be in charge of curriculum-based and leisure-time learning programmes for schools and adults. Excellent leadership and communication skills are required, along with a thorough knowledge of current education practices and issues.

Less well paid, but more appealing to engineers or historians, is a job on HMS Belfast, the Second World War cruiser that is moored near Tower Bridge, London. Salary is up to pound;20,750 and you'll be responsible for the day-to-day running of the ship's educational service. It's the only one of the three that needs a teaching qualification.

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