Thursday, December 10, 1998 Published at 12:42 GMT
Extra funds to recruit teachers for London
The national recruitment crisis has particularly affected London
Inner London councils are getting extra funds to help them overcome difficulties in recruiting teachers.
The Equal Opportunities Minister, Margaret Hodge, announced that £681,350 would be given to 16 local authorities in an attempt to tackle the capital's particular problems with finding teachers.
In the longer term, the minister said that the government's reforms of teachers' pay and conditions would make the profession more attractive, but she said "we recognise that we need to respond to immediate recruitment difficulties".
The higher cost of living in London and the belief that inner-city teaching is more demanding have been cited as reasons.
The funds, part of the £130m recruitment package announced in October, will be aimed at hiring "recruitment strategy managers" who will be responsible for "galvanising" local authorities' efforts to recruit teachers.
These strategy managers, working alongside the Teacher Training Agency, will be encouraged to organise local recruitment events and to promote the profession at graduate fairs.
The authorities to receive the funds are: