Priority recruitment under review

6th June 1997 at 01:00
I am a little surprised at Andy Hudson's assertion concerning the Teacher Training Agency's views of the operation of the Priority Subject Recruitment Scheme (TES, May 23), but perhaps his article was submitted before he heard me address this point at a meeting a couple of weeks ago.

The bidding letter for the third round of the scheme specifically invites comments on whether the process - which we have been refining in order to try to make it fairer to all concerned and to attract in additional students - could be streamlined. We have for some time now been encouraging providers to act in collaboration with each other to try to get greater consistency of treatment for students in similar circumstances. We have also now started an evaluation of the scheme, and have written to all initial teacher training providers. One of the points we want to address is whether the scheme is taking too large a proportion of the funding available for teacher recruitment, or whether it might be better spent on other things.

JANE BENHAM

Head of Teacher Supply and Recruitment Teacher Training Agency Portland House Stag Place London SW1

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