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Calls for Welsh teachers to look abroad to find jobs

New teachers in Wales are being warned they may have to consider working elsewhere in the UK and even abroad because of a shortage of job vacancies.

The recruitment firm Eteach say such a move could make thousands better teachers in the long term and help strengthen the education sector in Wales when these teachers eventually move back.

Latest figures from the Welsh Government show over 1400 students completed a course in ITT (Initial Teacher Training) in 2013/14.

There are calls for these newly-qualified teachers to start their careers overseas or in England, where over a third (37%) of schools are facing a shortage of teachers.

According to Eteach, 3,395 jobs were available in Wales between May 2015 and April 2016. That's compared to over 30,000 in England and over 48,000 at international schools abroad.

We should take a leaf out of the book of what the Australians and New Zealanders have been doing for years - they want their young people to go out into the world and bring that experience back and improve their own country.

That's what we're looking at - giving our young graduates the opportunity to experience another culture, another way of working, another way of living and when they come back to Wales they're going to be better teachers"

– Paul Howells, Director of Eteach


Claims of extremist views in Cardiff classroom

Fitzalan High School Credit: Google Maps

A former teacher has told a national newspaper that they encountered extremist views in a Cardiff classroom.

In an article on the 'Mail on Sunday', the teacher writes that some of the students thought those behind the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris and the murder of Lee Rigby, were heroes. Whilst the teacher adds that the majority of students were 'lovely' and 'respectful', they claim the school failed to respond effectively to those showing extreme views.

In a statement to ITV News, the school says that is not the case:

"Anyone who knows Fitzalan would not recognise the picture of the school that is being painted here. In a recent peer review, visiting teachers recognised how positive the atmosphere is at the school.

"Fitzalan is a very popular and over-subscribed school, serving a diverse community. The school population is made up of children and young people from 40 different nationalities and a number of religions.

"The school is actively engaged in the work of Prevent. It is fully committed to the safeguarding of children and young people and it works proactively on countering extremism.

"Staff are fully trained in how to identify the early signs of extremism. They understand the work of Prevent. They know how to respond and they know how to get help, guidance and intervention.

"Where concerns arise, the school is quick to respond and follow up appropriately. Prevent staff are complimentary of the work being done at Fitzalan."

– School Spokesperson


School closes after thieves rip lead from roof

A school has been forced to close after thieves stole lead from its roof - and caused £5,000 worth of damage.

St Monica's Church in Wales School in Cardiff. Credit: Google Street View

More than 100 children at St Monica's Church in Wales school were evacuated after rain water leaked in.

It damaged ceilings, lights and electrical sockets - leaving the school in Cathays, Cardiff, as unsafe.

Thieves are believed to have torn away the lead roofing over the weekend leading to children's work being ruined.

We had water running through the ceilings, we had it running through the sockets, through all the light fittings and we had a lot of standing water. It was a very dangerous situation.

The thing that's most upsetting really is that we've had to take all of the children's work down, their displays, it's damaged books and book cases.

– Headteacher Abigail Beacon
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