First day at school - for the teacher

As the new academic year gets under way thousands of new teachers are taking to the classroom. One of the areas they will need to focus on is narrowing the gap in attainment between pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and the rest.

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First day at school - for the teacher

Like everyone on their first day at school Sam Genovese was full of nerves and excitement. But at the age of 21, he was starting as a trainee teacher at a secondary school in a tough part of town.

Christine Alsford joined him on his first day teaching English at Redbridge Community School in Southampton.

She also spoke to pupils and the headteacher Jason Ashley.

Sam Genovese will spend two years getting skills, qualifications and experience as part of a scheme called Teach First which places talented graduates in schools serving low income areas. They aim is to narrow the gap in performance between disadvantaged pupils and those from more affluent backgrounds.

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