Teachers in Birmingham's leafy suburbs affected by falling birthrates are to be offered the chance to work in the inner city in a bid to help retain experienced staff.
The move comes in the wake of growing concern that changing demographics are set to radically alter Birmingham's educational landscape, potentially resulting in school closures in some areas.
More than a tenth of current primary school places will no longer exist by the end of the decade, according to forecasts by the authority.
Most of the affected schools are located in predominantly outer-ring areas of the city, such as Kings Norton, North-field, Hall Green and Edgbaston, where birth rates are declining.
Meanwhile, a reverse problem is faced in inner city wards such as Small Heath where the the population is growing, resulting in the need for more teachers.
Education chiefs in the city fear teachers in schools affected by falling rolls will either take early retirement or leave the authority to avoid redundancy.
As a result, they plan to create secondments for outer city teachers to get a flavour of life in the inner city which could potentially lead to a full time job.
Birmingham's cabinet member for education Coun Les Lawrence (Con North-field) said it was essential staff were retained within the authority.
"The 26,500 staff in our schools are by far the most valuable assets we have, so we must ensure that the extremely valuable service they provide to children and young people throughout the city remains constant, even if birth trends do not," he said.
"By keeping school staff employed within the city we are able to keep staff motivation high."
A £4,000 sweetener will be paid to schools receiving the teachers to encourage them to take them on and cover any training costs.
A question mark remains, however, as to whether teach-ers used to working in outer Birmingham schools will have the experience or stomach to work in the inner city.
Council chiefs stressed the scheme was voluntary.
"It is up to them whether they want to move," said a spokesman.
"If they want to go to an inner city school they will do their homework and they will know what they have to prepare themselves for.
"No one is forcing them to do this. Hopefully by having more options available and helping to steer school staff into other vacancies, if there are situations where staffing levels need to be reconsidered, they know there is somewhere they can go to."
The Birmingham Schools' Redeployment Partnership Scheme was approved by the authority yesterday.