‘It’s my calling’: new teachers in a pandemic – meet the class of 2020

One has left the navy to pursue a dream. Another feels his working-class roots will be a boon. We talk to three new teachers about their hopes for the job

After years of teacher shortages the tide may be about to turn. Figures from Ucas show that applications for training courses surged by 15% in England during the Covid-19 lockdown and its aftermath.

Improved starting salaries – the government has promised to raise them to £30,000 a year by 2022 – have made teaching more attractive as businesses fold and unemployment escalates.

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