New TTA chief calls for 'radical' change

17th December 1999 at 00:00
TEACHERS should expect to see further radical change to the profession in the next five years, the new chief executive of the Teacher Training Agency has warned.

Ralph Tabberer, Department for Education and Employment senior adviser in the standards and effectiveness unit, said as his new role was announced that people would be encouraged to spend just a few years teaching during more flexible, varied careers.

"There will be a challenge five years down the road when we'll have to ask ourselves whether we need to look at recruitment even more radically," he told The TES.

He said: "We have to make it possible for people to come in and give some very enthusiastic, energetic years. There's a bit of the teacher in all of us ... we can do quite well to get people fired up to teach for 10 years of their career rather than the whole thing."

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