Help at hand to get career in classroom

A New Year campaign has been launched by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) to encourage people in Northumberland to become a teacher.

The organisation is anticipating a high number of applications this month. In January 2015, 51 per cent of all registrations in the North East logged with NCTL came from those looking to start the process for switching their career.

In 2014/15, registrations from people in the region who were considering changing to a classroom job topped 1,600 – 40 per cent of the total registrations of interest for the year and the highest number in three years.

NCTL provides a comprehensive programme of support to help people become teachers.

Those with a degree and three or more years of work experience in any field can earn a salary while they train to teach on a School Direct programme.

Paul Bramley, NCTL Teaching and Leadership Advisor for teachers in Northumberland, said: “Every year, we see an influx of people who change career into teaching, bringing a wealth of experience to help inspire the next generation.

“For those considering finding out more about teaching, our online events are an easily accessible way of deciding on the next step. This year you could begin changing hundreds of futures for the better – starting with your own.”

Six online events are being held this month. The first – routes into teaching and subject knowledge enhancement – will take place on Monday from 6.30pm to 8pm.

For more details about these and the Train to Teach Roadshow at the Centre for Life in Newcastle on Saturday, January 23, call 0800 3892500.