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Children 'want to play part in teacher recruitment'

01/04/2011 Joanna
Schoolchildren are keen to play a part when it comes to recruiting teachers.

Research carried out by National Foundation for Educational Research on behalf of the Children's Commissioner found that 18 per cent of youngsters have already helped in the selection process, while 65 per cent said they would be willing to get involved.

The survey revealed that 87 per cent of young people believe they know what it takes to be a good teacher.

Commenting on the findings, Children's Commissioner Dr Maggie Atkinson said she congratulates the schools that already involve pupils.

"Our research shows that they understand teaching is a challenging job which requires a wide range of skills from teachers - it is not just about their academic qualifications or how loudly they can shout," she said.

Nick Seaton, a spokesman for the Campaign for Real Education said that although the idea is appealing, headteachers and governors are generally the best people to recruit teachers.

Posted by Dolcie Thacker

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