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'Encourage primary school pupils to become teachers'

06/01/2015 Joanna
Primary school pupils could be 'talent-spotted' as future teachers in an attempt to address the shortage of educators, the government's teacher-training tsar has suggested.

Charlie Taylor, the chief executive of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said youngsters should be encouraged to become teachers before they are teenagers, the Telegraph reports.

They could then be given the opportunity to work as classroom assistants "to get a sense of what it feels like to be a teacher".

Mr Taylor rejected recent reports of a teacher shortage in the UK but admitted more could be done by individual schools to promote teaching careers.

"I would be starting in primary school; as you go up through the system, encouraging people more and more," he said.

Department for Education figures show 32,543 people started - or expect to start - teacher-training courses this academic year, representing 93 per cent of the target of 34,890.

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