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'Teach first' scheme is expanding
A scheme which gets some of the brightest graduates teaching in tough schools prior to pursuing other careers is being expanded.

The Teach First charity programme has been running in London since 2002 and is now recruiting in Manchester.

It targets "high calibre" students who would not normally consider teaching.

The graduates get six weeks' training before going into secondary schools in poor areas, aiming to become qualified teachers by the end of the first year.

'Make a difference'

In return, the recruits also follow a management and leadership training programme backed by more than 80 employers including Clifford Chance, Goldman Sachs and McKinsey & Company.

One of the first Manchester recruits is Alison Bramley (20) from Cheshire, who is currently finishing an English degree at the University of Manchester.

She said her main motivation was that she agreed with the Teach First "mission".

"I have been given so much through my school and university and I want to make a difference in the city which I live in," she said.

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