Teacher shortage: Four-day week attracts PhD graduates into profession

A government-backed scheme which guarantees that recruits will only spend four days a week in the classroom is helping to solve the teacher shortage in maths and science. The Researchers in Schools programme works along the lines of the TeachFirst scheme, which lured some of the brightest graduates in the country into teaching. Its unique angle is that the Researchers project only recruits graduates with a PhD. On their fifth day, the teachers can do their own research, go to conferences to improve their teaching skills, or work with small…

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