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Survey: business leaders switching to run Britain's schools

The lure of running Britain's schools is prompting senior professionals across the country to return to the classroom.

According to research by the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA), one in 10 new teachers who have switched into the profession wants to be a head or deputy head within five years, with all of those looking for headship stating that they would relish the challenge of running a school.

The study of newly qualified teachers shows that one in five (22 per cent) gave up a management or senior role to enter teaching, with a further 16 per cent having left a middle-ranking role. The survey found thirty eight per cent of new maths teachers switched from a management role, as did 29 per cent of science teachers, and nine per cent of modern language teachers.

Career-switchers are coming from various professions. According to the survey, maths teaching is attracting candidates from engineering jobs (21 per cent), science teachers are frequently ex-pharmacists or scientists (25 per cent) and modern languages teachers are often former administrative or secretarial workers (32 per cent).

Graham Holley, executive director at the TDA said: "Our schools thrive on great leadership, and it is gratifying to see that the future leaders of our schools will be of such high calibre.

"Career switchers bring with them a huge range of highly relevant skills. High achievers can reach headteacher status or take on an enhanced classroom role very quickly due to the excellent progression routes in teaching and attractive salaries. But most importantly, teaching offers the opportunity to work with young people and help to shape their futures.

"To find out how to become a teacher, people should visit one of our 'Train to teach' events that we are holding in London and Leeds."

The Train to teach event in London takes place on 3-4 February at the Congress Centre, Great Russell Street and the Train to teach event in Leeds takes place on 10-11 February at Leeds Town Hall. Admission to the events is free.

The TDA says careers consultants will be on hand to offer advice and information about becoming a teacher and a 'meet a teacher' area will allow visitors to find out more about life in the profession.

Local providers of initial teacher training, from schools and colleges to universities, will also be present to talk about their institutions. To find out more, visit:

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