The new Secretary of State for Education is urging older people to train and become teachers.

Damian Hinds told one national newspaper that the teaching profession will be opened up to people of all generations and not only to new graduates.

He also vowed that he would ‘crack’ the problem of teachers having to deal with an excessive workloads to make the job more attractive and manageable.

The move to encourage older people to become teachers has been welcomed after the latest official figures reveal that teacher recruitment is now in a freefall.

Applications from university leavers last year are down by a third on 2016’s figures.

Teacher recruitment is now being aimed at older people and established professionals

However, the new Secretary of State for Education says he’s pleased that teacher recruitment is now being aimed at older people and established recruitment professionals such as Teach First, the largest recruiter of graduates, saying it is now shifting its focus to attracting older trainees to move into education.

Essentially, high achieving executives who may have forged a career in London will now be targeted and encouraged to retrain as a teacher and then move back to their home town.

The comments are the first being made by Mr Hinds since he took up the job as a replacement of Justine Greening in a Cabinet reshuffle.

Grammar schools in England play a key role

Mr Hinds also told the newspaper that he believes grammar schools in England play a key role for the country’s ‘rich and diverse system’ when it comes to education.

As part of setting out his vision for education, Mr Hinds also praised England’s faith schools, along with free schools, academies and comprehensives.

Mr Hinds has also revealed that £45 million will now be made available for Academy trusts to help improve underperforming schools.

The cash will be handed to multi-academy trusts so they can help underperforming schools, particularly those that are in disadvantaged areas.

There is also another £25 million being shared by 75 school projects to help boost children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Improve social mobility in 12 areas in England

The aim is to improve social mobility in 12 areas in England by ‘improving outcomes’.

Mr Hinds said he wanted every child to enjoy a ‘world-class education’ that will inspire them to fulfil ambitions and make more of their lives, regardless of where they live.

He added: “School standards are improving but there’s more to do to ensure that each child will benefit from progress we have made which is down to a generation of talented teachers.”