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Move to keep best teachers in Walsall schools

Walsall | Education | Published:

A new scheme in Walsall will see top quality teachers recruited and retained across the borough – providing a much-needed boost to schools.

Education bosses in the town believe that the new training package will see huge improvements to Walsall’s schools – trainee teachers can apply for a bursary to fund their development, and if successful it will mean they are tied to teaching in town primary schools for three years.

Project lead Andy Mills, who is headteacher at St John’s Primary, said 34 recruits have begun their careers at primary ‘teaching’ schools this term – 12 more than last year’s trainee numbers.

And of those recruited, 26 of them were considered to be ‘highly recommended’ by interviewers.

He told the education overview and scrutiny committee that those signing up to the bursary scheme would see training and support provided beyond the first year.

Mr Mills said: “One of the key priorities has been recruitment and retention, certainly over the past 18 months. It does look like we have significant quality and we have real good strength trainees coming into our schools.

"Some of them will be given a bursary. Those who sign up will be shackled to Walsall for three years.”

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