Teach First doubles early years recruitment

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Teach First will be doubling the number of early years trainees it takes on this September and expanding the scheme into new areas.

The educational charity enlisted 38 early years trainees in September 2014 after launching a pilot project in 2013. This year, the number of recruits will rise to 82.

The scheme, which places trainee teachers in schools in low-income areas, has now attracted extra funding. This will allow the early years programme to expand from London and the South East to the West Midlands.

The Teach First recruits will spend two years training to become early years teachers and will complete the charity’s leadership development programme while working towards a PGCE.

Brett Wigdortz, Teach First’s chief executive, said: “We know that attainment gaps between children from low-income communities and their wealthier peers start early and increase dramatically. At five years old, the gap in vocabulary development between those from the poorest and richest families is already 15 months. Bringing high-quality graduates and career-changers into the profession, and developing them as early years teachers, is key to addressing this problem.”

The Department for Education has announced today that the childcare schools provide will be published alongside exam results on the school performance tables each year.

Sam Gyimah, childcare minister, said: “A lot of schools are offering this valuable support but parents shouldn’t have to click through seven pages of a website to find out about it.”

As well as childcare for preschool-aged children, if offered, schools will be asked about after-school and holiday provision.

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