A NEW generation of "super teachers" should be paid higher salaries to work in the most difficult inner-city schools, says a Government committee chaired by Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman.

More flexibility is needed when recruiting staff and setting pay, heralding the end of teaching as "a career for life", says the Commons Education and Skills Committee.

The committee's report followed concerns in recent years that too many secondary school teachers wanted to leave the profession.

Under half of new trainees end up in teaching jobs after five years, the committee was told.

While there was no crisis in teacher recruitment, "challenging schools" in deprived areas faced particular problems attracting staff, the committee found.

Labour MP Mr Sheerman said: "Markets do work. If we have got shortages, why shouldn't we be able to pay extra money to get teachers"

He said ministers should consider following the example of a scheme in California. There is a training programme just for teachers who want to work in challenging schools".

Mr Sheerman said heads were often unaware that new staff needed more support to deal with the "shock" of their first year in the classroom.

He added: "We need a good balance - people who have long-term careers in teaching, those who teach and move to another career and those who teach as a second or third career."

The committee also wants more to be done to attract people from ethnic minorities into teaching.

Also, ministers must urgently tackle the problem of bad behaviour by violent and abusive pupils in school, it said.

The Government has already set a precedent for flexible pay deals to fill teacher shortages.

Plans were announced to lift pay restrictions for maths specialists so that so-called "super teachers" could earn up to £60,000.