A national recruitment campaign is coming to Middlesbrough to encourage local people to consider joining a unique profession that shapes the lives of the next generation.
Anyone interested in finding out more about the benefits and rewards of teaching can visit the Train to Teach event at Jurys Inn Middlesbrough, Fry Street, Middlesbrough, TS1 1JH on Thursday 27 February from 4.30pm to 7.30pm.
In the last academic year almost 9,000 people attended the Train to Teach events, which are organised across different towns and cities by the national Get Into Teaching campaign, from the Department for Education.
The latest recruitment drive is being supported by local teachers who will be on hand to share their experiences of the variety and fulfilment they get from working in modern schools today.
Samantha Burlison, a Design and Technology teacher at St Michael's Catholic Academy, Billingham, said:
“I’m supporting the campaign because I would like to encourage more people in Middlesbrough to consider a career in teaching.
“One of the best parts of teaching for me is knowing that the moment a student steps inside your classroom, you have the responsibility to ensure that they are welcomed into a calm and positive environment.
“I enjoy creating an environment in which you can help engage them in new learning and discovery that will help them in later life.
“I love the moment you ignite that spark in a young person's imagination, knowing that for them, the possibilities are endless into what they can go on to achieve.”
Roger Pope, spokesperson for the Get Into Teaching campaign and a National Leader of Education, said:
“It’s a wonderful feeling knowing every lesson shapes a life.
“As well as the immense satisfaction of witnessing students learn and knowing you are influencing the next generation, teaching enables you to tap into your talents and passion for your subject.
“It also offers some very competitive financial rewards and long-term prospects.
“Anyone who feels they have the passion and potential to teach should come along to this event in Middlesbrough.”
At the event, experienced teacher training advisors will be on hand to guide aspiring teachers through the training options and next steps. Representatives from schools and universities that provide teacher training will also be there with insights into how to make a strong application.
Information will be available about the latest financial support people could receive to train, and the opportunities for career progression. You could receive a £26,000 tax-free bursary to train as a teacher and newly-qualified teachers start on a minimum starting salary of £24,000 to £30,000, depending on location.
The free Train to Teach event is being held at Jurys Inn Middlesbrough, Fry Street, Middlesbrough, TS1 1JH on Thursday 27 February 2020 from 4.30pm to 7.30pm. Registration in advance is advisable but visitors can turn up and register on the day.
Applications for teacher training, starting in September 2020, are now open.