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BLUNKETT'S CLARION CALL FOR TEACHING PROFESSIONALS

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New recruits to teaching can be assured that they are joining ...
New recruits to teaching can be assured that they are joining

an increasingly professional and much valued service which lies at

the heart of achieving ambitious new goals for better educational

standards.

Speaking in support of the launch of the Teacher Training

Agency's new cinema advertising campaign for more trainee teachers,

education and employment secretary David Blunkett said:

'Good teachers can open up a world of opportunity to children. This is why they play such a crucial role in our drive to raise standards in the classroom and to raise the expectations and achievements of all our children.

'We are already making a fresh start for teachers by providing an extra£1bn next year for schools and£2bn over the lifetime of this parliament to make them fit to teach in and ready for the 21st century.

'We are keen to lift teachers' professional pride and have

promised that our forthcoming Education Bill will include a General

Teaching Council. The GTC will represent teachers' views at a

national level and will set and maintain standards within the

profession. The creation of a new post of Advanced Skills Teacher

will keep the best teachers in the classroom if they do not wish

to seek headship or head of department jobs.

'These developments will help us attract the best people into

teaching. It is a worthwhile, rewarding, high status career choice.

I welcome the Teacher Training Agency's new cinema advertising

campaign as a step towards ensuring the best for our children: they

deserve nothing less.'

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