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More people applying for teacher training courses

Thu 19 Nov 2009

The government has welcomed news that the number of people signing up for teacher training courses has exceeded its targets.

Figures from the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) showed that intake has either met or exceeded the desired amount in every main phase and subject area.

Schools minister Vernon Coaker described this as an encouraging development and hailed the advantages of becoming a teacher.

He said there have been considerable improvements in educational standards, pupil behaviour and salaries in recent years.

Mr Coaker also noted that teachers now have the assistance of more support staff than in the past, thereby freeing them from many administrative tasks.

Graham Holley, chief executive of the TDA, added that this is a significant milestone in teacher recruitment, as it is the first time ever that all its teacher training targets have been met.

According to figures from the TDA, a newly-qualified teacher can expect to receive a salary of more than £20,000 a year, or £25,000 a year if they work in inner London.

The organisation recently described this as an attractive salary, particularly in light of the current economic climate.

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