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More high-quality graduates taking teacher jobs

29/11/2012 Kelly
There has been an increase in the proportion of new teaching jobs being taken on by graduates with a high quality degree.

That is according to new figures released by the Department for Education, which show that more than seven of every ten new trainees now possess a high-quality degree.

This refers to any degree received with a 2:1 award or higher and showcases the efforts being made to attract more high calibre applications to roles of this kind.

Based on the Teaching Agency figures, 71 per cent of graduates choosing to train for one of these education jobs fall under this category - compared with the 65 per cent reported at the same point in 2011.

More significantly still, there has been a major increase in the quality of trainees opting to begin education teaching jobs in the key English Baccalaureate subjects.

This includes subjects such as modern foreign languages along with maths, chemistry and also physics.

In the past, these subjects have proven harder to recruit, however the new statistics show that around 66 per cent of those individuals training in these fields have a 2:1 or higher degree classification.

This represents a significant increase on the previous year, when the proportion was recorded at 55 per cent.

There has been a notable rise in the number of trainees heading into physics teaching jobs, with the data estimating that some 900 graduates will be working towards a qualification in this field this academic year.

To put that figure in context, it represents the highest total seen since records were first kept by the Institute of Physics back in 1979.

The increases come in the wake of the government's renewed efforts to attract the best graduates to roles in this sector.

Under the current coalition, these university leavers can receive a tax-free bursary of up to £20,000 to help them move forward with a career of this kind.

A number of prestigious training scholarships have also been launched to encourage more graduates to consider teacher jobs.

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