A major campaign to recruit more teachers with disabilities is to be
launched by the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA).
Although new research from Durham University has shown that the number
of people with a sensory or physical impairment entering teaching has
doubled over six years, the agency says that it is 'absolutely vital'
to do more to make the profession representative of society.
'Although our track record is pleasing, We're keen to see a greater
diversity of teaching staff and encourage people across the spectrum
to consider teaching, in particular, people with a sensory or physical
impairment,' said Graham Holley, chief executive of the TDA. 'We also
have plans to review existing recruitment programmes to give people
with a disability a greater insight into the profession before
Stuart Newton, head of lower sixth at the Anglo European School in
Essex, has the neurological disorder transverse myelitis and uses a
wheelchair for most of the day. 'The ability to change students' views
of disabled people and the part they can play in society is
particularly worthwhile,' he said.
Anushka Asthana - Sunday June 22, 2008 - The Observer
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