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New type of teacher in class; EDUCATION.

A NEW crop of teachers is being recruited in Birmingham with the launch of a major Government scheme aimed at boosting the ranks of classroom staff.

The Teach First programme will see more of the country's top graduates enter the classroom to teach in some of the UK's most challenging secondary schools.

The scheme has already been operating in London and Manchester, but is now being rolled out in Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country.

A ceremony was held recently in Birmingham, hosted by Lord Mayor Coun Randal Brew, at which the West Midlands programme was officially launched.

Schools initially taking part in the programme are Park View in Alum Rock, Shireland in Smethwick, Waverley in Small Heath, Yardleys in Tyseley, Aston Manor, Bartley Green, The International School in Tile Cross and Kingsbury School in Erdington.

Schools Minister Jim Knight congratulated the West Midlands for joining the programme.

He said: "Teach First is already having a positive impact in London and Manchester, and I am pleased that West Midlands schools will now have the opportunity to benefit.

"It is attracting talented and inspiring young people who would not otherwise have considered teaching."

Around 40 Teach First recruits are due to start work in 20 comprehensive schools in Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country in September.

Teach First operates by targeting high calibre students who would not normally consider a career in teaching and places them in challenging secondary schools.

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Date:Jun 29, 2007
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