Redundant? New fast-track into teaching

Jobless professionals will be able to retrain as teachers in six months

The Government is planning to allow professionals who are made redundant to re-train as teachers in just six month.

The fast-track scheme will cut the length of a teacher-training course by half, from a year. It is hoped it will encourage “high-calibre” entrants to change profession by making the move financially viable.

The scheme, which will allow new teachers to be in the classroom and earning a salary after six months, will be open to new graduates as well as career-changers.

The recession has already spurred many to consider teaching, and applications are up by 10 per cent this year, according to the Independent.

In addition, from next year, around 200 high-flying teachers will be selected for a fast-track to become head-teachers within four years.

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