New programme of free events for people curious about teaching as a career and those ready to step into the classroom
A national recruitment campaign is coming to the North East to encourage young people starting out in the world of work and those considering switching jobs to find out more about life as a teacher.
The free Get Into Teaching event aims to inspire more people in the area to join a unique profession that helps shape the lives of the next generation.
The event, from 4.30pm to 8pm on Wednesday 30 November at St James’ Park, Strawberry Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4ST, is open to everyone – from the career curious, to those ready to apply – and will be packed with information and advice on the steps to becoming a teacher.
The Get Into Teaching North East event will include opportunities to meet current teachers from local schools, talk to expert advisers, and connect with others interested in teaching. Information will also be available about how to fund your training – tax-free bursaries of up to £27,000 to train as a teacher are available in selected subjects.
It is part of a new programme of events taking place in different locations across England in November, organised by the national Get Into Teaching campaign, which provides a comprehensive programme of support to help people become teachers.
According to a recent national survey* for Get Into Teaching, the majority (80%) of students and graduates agree they’ll know they’ve found the right career path when it combines their passion for a topic and the opportunity to make an impact.
Liam Thompson from Manor Community Academy, Hartlepool, is one of a number of teachers who will be on hand at the event. Reflecting on his career to date, computer science teacher Liam said: “As a teacher, you have the unique opportunity to help young people fulfil their potential and help them discover who they are – the impact you have goes well beyond their classroom years. What motivates me most about my role is knowing how much of a positive impact you can have on a child’s life. I want to try and make a difference in young people’s lives and to hopefully inspire the same passion and interest in my subject that I have. Teachers do more than just teach – I am a mentor, a confidant, and a friend. The impact you can have is what excites and motivates me.
“I’d encourage anyone who has an inkling that teaching might be for them to come along to the event to find out more. For me, teaching is one of the most varied, fulfilling and exciting careers that I can think of.”
Post-graduate teacher training typically lasts one year, with new trainees starting courses each September. Applications to train from next year are now open.
Roger Pope, spokesperson for the Get Into Teaching campaign and a national Leader of Education, said: “This event is a fantastic opportunity to explore everything you need to know about a career that really does change lives and allow you to make your mark on the world.
“Anyone searching for an exciting career that provides stability and great prospects can go along to find out more. You too could soon be joining thousands of others, tapping into your own talents and passion for a particular subject while witnessing pupils learn and flourish.”
At the event there’ll be hourly presentations, one covering the teacher training process and one giving practical tips on how to apply. Regional training providers will be on hand, alongside professional bodies offering scholarships. Other zones will allow visitors to meet the teachers and have one-to-one conversations with teacher training advisors. There will also be an area for practical advice on topics such as confidence to teach and career progression.
Registration in advance is advisable by visiting: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/events/221130-get-into-teaching-north-east-event but people can turn up and register at the event on the day.
As a teacher you can help create a society where everyone, wherever they live, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, education or age has the opportunity to succeed. To find out more about the range of events being held and to register your interest in teaching, visit: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk, or call the Get Into Teaching Line on 0800 389 2500.