As students and teachers across the UK head back to school, the Get Into Teaching campaign is gaining momentum this September, following the popular ‘Educating’ series which returned to Channel 4 last week.
The ‘Educating’ series, which normally attracts around 2 million viewers, is hailed for its endearing and compelling insight into life in the classroom. Airing for the fifth time, ‘Educating Greater Manchester’ is the next focus for the show and is being broadcast as a new cohort of teachers begin their careers this academic year.
Will Emeny, Head of Maths at Wyvern College, Eastleigh, Southampton, and founder of Numeracy Ninjas – used in 5000 schools worldwide, says:
‘The ‘Educating’ series helps to show the unique nature of working in the classroom and the human side of being a teacher.
‘For those thinking about a career in teaching, there are a great number of opportunities across many different subject areas which you can consider. In terms of salary and career progression, you can find yourself moving up the ladder very quickly so long as you are prepared to work hard and are motivated to inspire young people to reach their potential.’
Stephen Drew, who was deputy headteacher at Passmores Academy when it featured on the original series Educating Essex, says:
‘Every ‘Educating’ series tells a truly unique story of the teaching profession, where no day is ever the same. I’m sure the new series, much like ours did, will unearth more inspirational stories that shine a light on the teaching profession and the joys being a teacher can bring. I think it’s this warm and honest account that contributes towards the vast interest every series receives. The public always greets it with such excitement and it’s a talking point for many.’
Roger Pope, Chair of the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) and a spokesperson for the Get Into Teaching campaign, says:
‘Teaching as a career can provide unrivalled amounts of pride and a sense of achievement. It is not without its challenges, but the benefits and rewarding opportunities make it all worthwhile.
‘I expect the Educating series will once again encourage discussion and interest from the public around the series and profession. It might even encourage more graduates and career changers to seek out information about teaching, as we are always looking for committed individuals to join us in what can be a truly rewarding career.’
Every year, thousands of graduates and career changers choose to train to teach and begin a fulfilling new role in the classroom. NCTL provides a comprehensive programme of support to aspiring teachers, providing guidance all the way through the application process. To find out how to get into teaching and apply, call 0800 389 2500.