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Teachers offered tough school bonus.

Summary: Teachers are to be offered a Au10,000 bonus to work in tough schools.

Teachers are to be offered a Au10,000 bonus to work in tough schools.

Staff joining or transferring to schools "facing challenging circumstances" will also be eligible for extra training to support them through the transition.

They may also be eligible for early access to a new Masters in Teaching and Learning qualification and enhanced career support.

The announcement came as it was revealed that one in three former pupils who went to a challenging school have seen their employment prospects and pay improve dramatically thanks to inspirational teachers.

Research carried out for the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) found that 34 per cent said they would be in a less rewarding career while 33 per cent said they would be in a lower paid job were it not for the support and encouragement they had from their teachers.

Some 31 per cent said their self-esteem improved because of a teacher, while 25 per cent said that a great teacher had inspired a love of learning.

TDA chief executive Graham Holley said: "We need more of the very best teachers in schools where they can do the most good.

"Teaching in a challenging school can be tough, but with the right training and a great team around you it can be immensely rewarding.

"Our research shows that good teachers can have a profound effect on students in these schools, from getting pupils from poorer backgrounds into university to improving self-esteem."

The new financial and training package will be available from September, for more than 500 schools and up to 6,000 teachers.

The Au10,000 is available for three years' service in a qualifying school.

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