Primary surplus

18th November 2005 at 00:00
I welcome Tony Blair's comments about unemployment among newly-qualified primary teachers (QA, TES, November 4). I qualified this year and I am finding it almost impossible to get even a temporary position.

Many primary teaching vacancies attract around 100 applicants. Even supply teaching is scarce and it is very difficult to earn enough to live on. I left a seven-year financial career to pursue teaching. Why on earth does the Government continue to give the pound;6,000 bursary for primary trainees when there is clearly an oversupply of teachers?

Sarah Boardley. 8 The Shaw, Glossop, Derbyshire

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