Yesterday the Church condemned them. Today the Teacher Training and Development Agency are preying on them in their weakened, godforsaken state, trying to lure city workers to the education sector with the promise of a safe employment haven after their traumatic experiences losing hugely well paid, glamorous jobs in finance.
The TDA have surmised that a marked increase in hits on their recruitment website equals panicked traders plumping for major career change, mistakenly thinking their vast experience of working long, stressful hours in skyscrapers, abusing the corporate credit card and taking huge gambles on other people's debt for huge year end bonuses fits them for instructing the youth of today in the national curriculum, offering pastoral care and instilling a sense of social responsibility.
On the other hand, we'd also quibble that jobs in schools are "safe". Secure, they might be but all our contact with teacher trainees tells us that life in the classroom is anything but safe - unpredictable, constantly challenging, physically and mentally demanding - in fact, perhaps these risk taking finance types might be better equipped for the job than we thought.
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