The New Year tradition of pledging to make big life changes following the festive break shows no signs of slowing, according to new figures released today by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).
Switching to a more fulfilling career in teaching looks set to remain a popular choice for people in Rugby looking for a new challenge and to make a real difference through their work.
Last year, January was one of the busiest months of the year for registrations of interest in teaching in the region, with over 46 per cent of all registrations logged with NCTL coming from those looking to change career to teaching.
In 2014/15, registrations from people in the West Midlands who were considering changing career into teaching topped 3,790; 42 per cent of the total registrations of interest for the year total and the highest number in three years.
National figures echo this. Hits to NCTL’s ‘Get into Teaching’ website reached about half a million in January 2015 – the second highest monthly volume of traffic of the whole year. Similarly, Google Trends data shows searches for ‘career change’ were higher than any other point in the year in early January. January was also the second busiest time of the year for related online searches such as ‘change life’ and ‘new job’. Searches for terms relating to moving into teaching show a similar pattern with January 2015 the busiest point for searches of ‘be a teacher’ and the second busiest time for ‘start teaching’.
Potential career changers who are interested in finding out more about becoming a teacher have the chance to meet with NCTL advisors and local teachers at the special Train to Teach roadshow which is coming to The Wellcome Centre in Coventry on 24 February 2016.
The events provide an opportunity for potential teachers to learn more about how to get into the profession and the different training routes available. People can meet with representatives from local schools and universities who offer teacher training, as well as current teachers and teaching experts who will give practical tips and one-to-one advice.
To support the latest generation of New Year career changers, NCTL is hosting six online events this month which are specifically designed to show what a switch to teaching can offer, the routes into the profession and the financial support packages on offer for those making the change from established careers:
· Monday 11 January, 6.30-8pm: Routes into teaching and subject knowledge enhancement
· Wednesday 13 January, 6.30-8pm: Funding your teacher training
· Monday 18 January, 6.30-8pm: Managing a career change into teaching: shared experiences
· Wednesday 20 January, 6.30-8pm: Gaining school experience as a career changer
· Monday 25 January, 6.30-8pm: Professional skills tests
· Wednesday 27 January, 6.30-8pm: Support with your application
Tax free bursaries and prestigious scholarships are being offered to top graduates who choose to teach key subjects that help children reach their full potential.
People 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.
NCTL provides a comprehensive programme of support to help people become teachers, providing guidance all the way through the application process.
The events provide an opportunity for aspiring teachers to learn more about how to get into the profession and the different training routes available. People can meet with representatives from local schools and universities who offer teacher training, as well as current teachers and teaching experts for practical tips and one-to-one advice.
Applications for teacher training in 2016 are now open. Visit www.education.gov.uk/getintoteaching or call the Teaching Line on 0800 389 2500.
To find out more about the live, interactive events, and to sign up, go to: http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/events/online-events
To find out more about the Train to Teach roadshow, and to register, go to: http://traintoteach.education.gov.uk/