Tough schools seek high-fliers
A SCHEME to encourage top graduates to teach in tough schools is coming to Bristol.
The Teach First programme will be extended to the South West after the government pledged an extra £3 million, it was announced yesterday.
Under the scheme, "exceptional" graduates are recruited for an intensive training programme before being placed to work in inner-city schools.
After a spell in the classroom, some go on to their chosen career in the private sector, while others remain in teaching.
Its expansion was welcomed by Bristol North West MP Charlotte Leslie, who said she had been working with Teach First since 2008 to persuade them to operate in the city.
She said: "This scheme works on so many levels, but first and foremost, it is a way of attracting the highest calibre graduates who otherwise would go off to work in industry or finance, thus lost to teaching, probably for ever.
Ambassadors from the charity met Bristol education bosses this week at St Bede's secondary school to launch the programme for the city.
Helen Holman, head of Orchard School, Bristol, said it was a "wonderful opportunity to bring talented people into the profession".