Why become a teacher?
Teachers make a difference. Much like doctors, nurses and vets, teaching is more than just a job. The difference between a child falling through the cracks and a newly discovered interest that could become their lifelong passion and career, is a good teacher! Sitting in any classroom across the England will be the entrepreneurs, innovators and craftsmen of tomorrow. By inspiring and supporting the next generation, teachers have a profound impact on society and there are very few other professions that will provide the same sense of achievement and accomplishment.
As most teachers will tell you, there is no such thing as a ‘typical’ day at work. That is because no two days are the same. You are unlikely ever to be bored by a lack of variety. It is also a career that offers great benefits, opportunities for you to use a wide range of skills and inspire students in the subject you love, to make a difference and inspire the next generation.
You may remember a truly brilliant teacher from school who made a real difference to your life. As a teacher you can use your knowledge and passion for your subject(s) to help children unlock capabilities and talents that they did not even know they had. You will develop a wide range of transferable skills for yourself in the process, too.
In addition to planning and teaching a range of engaging lessons, you can indulge in your hobbies and interests as part of your work by getting involved in after-school clubs, trips, or sport.
If you are someone who has a positive outlook, has a passion for making a difference to the lives and development of young people, has good interpersonal skills and is independent, resilient and adaptable - then teaching is for you!
A career for the future
Teachers learn as well as teach. Teachers are not only be exposed to child and educational psychology as well as best practices in education and master new subjects, they are helped to keep up to date with the latest innovations in technology and teaching and develop their own learning. Teaching also offers great personal development in areas such as public speaking, time management and organisational skills. So, if you want to remain teachable, or just have a thirst for knowledge, becoming a teacher will ensure at you learn as much as you teach.
Once qualified, there are many chances for good teachers to climb the career ladder and find opportunities for employment within our beyond the local area.
Schools within the Teaching School Hub area are commitment to our teachers continued professional development and realise the important of the need for continued training and support in the first few years of teaching. Many of the teacher training providers in our HUB area and at the forefront of developing this within the Early Career Framework.
As part of the Department for Education’s Recruitment and Retention Strategy, which launched in January 2019, they published the Early Career Framework. This sets out what all early career teachers should learn about and learn how to do. It has been developed in close partnership with the profession and draws on the best available research evidence and has been designed around the most effective forms of professional development. The framework is underpinned by an entitlement to a fully funded, two-year package of structured training and support for early career teachers. The national roll-out of this framework will start in September 2021, so you will really benefit from this. Find out more about the framework.
Teaching offers a competitive salary and great benefits
You will also earn a competitive, secure salary and have access to a wealth of other benefits, from a generous pension to up to 13 weeks of holiday allowance. So, you can look forward to a career that is both personally and financially rewarding. Many of the trainees who train within our Hub area go on to work within this area and give back to these local communities.