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Sadiq Khan launches website to attract and support teachers in London
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has launched an online teaching resource, billed as a ‘one-stop shop’ for people who want to become a teacher in London. Teach London sets out and promotes the benefits of starting and continuing a teaching career in London.
This comes following research from the Mayor and the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), showing that teachers in the capital are leaving the profession at a higher rate than the national average. This is mainly because of the high cost of housing, pressure on teachers’ standards of living and cuts to schools’ funding.
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I want all young Londoners to get the best possible start in life and achieve their full potential. I’m incredibly proud of our world-class education system which makes our capital the best place in the UK to learn and teach. However with pupil numbers rising, it’s absolutely vital that we attract and retain more brilliant teachers.
“That’s why we need to make sure we have enough teachers being trained to meet the needs of London schools and that more is done to stop teachers leaving the profession.
“Today I’m launching Teach London, an online resource to help teachers enter the profession and our programme Thrive London is also supporting their mental wellbeing, as well as that of their pupils.
“I am doing all I can for teachers and schools in London – including tackling the housing crisis - but there is no doubt that real-term cuts to school funding and subsequent financial difficulties are putting our schools under increasing pressure. Ministers must rethink their decision on school funding and do more to mitigate the cost pressures London schools face.”Read more