Timms opens up graduate scheme

28th September 2001 at 01:00
THE Government this week announced the expansion of a scheme that offers graduates a salaried route into teaching.

The Graduate Teacher Programme enables schools to employ teachers who are not yet qualified and support them through an individual training programme.

Currently the Teacher Training Agency provides pound;13,000 for the student's salary and pound;4,000 towards training.

But just 2,250 places are available and good candidates were being turned away.

Now the Government has said schools which pay trainees from their own budgets may claim a "training only" grant of pound;4,000.

The Department for Education and Skills expects to attract 250 additional students.

John Dunford, general secretary of the Secondary Heads Association, said :

"Schools have been frustrated by the restrictions placed on entries into the graduate training programme and will welcome the greater flexibility."

School standards minister Stephen Timms urged schools and higher education institutions to work in partnership to attract more would-be teachers.

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