“Train to Teach” roadshow seeks top talent in Belfast

Train to TeachAspiring teachers with the passion and potential to teach are being encouraged to attend the National College for Teaching and Leadership’s roadshow when it comes to Belfast on Saturday 12th April.

The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) provides a comprehensive programme of support to help graduates become teachers, providing guidance all the way through the application process.

The “Train to Teach” roadshow is the most comprehensive event of its kind, giving new graduates and those considering a career change, a chance to find out more about the rewards and opportunities a career in teaching offers.

Delegates can meet representatives from  schools and universities who offer teacher training, including those involved in the School Direct route. They can also  meet current teachers and teaching experts who can answer questions about the profession and different training options available to them.

The event will also showcase opportunities for career progression within teaching, as well as the rewards that teaching has to offer. These include substantial tax-free bursaries of up to £20,000 and scholarships of up to £25,000 for candidates who train to teach certain subjects with a competitive starting salary.

Adele Sampson is originally from Tyrone but trained to be a teacher at the University of Bristol. Adele, who used to be a trainee chartered accountant and currently teaches modern foreign languages in Dorset, in the south west of England said: “I’ve always enjoyed working with people and since the age of sixteen I’ve been involved with youth work. My family have always said that I’m suited to teaching but it wasn’t until three years ago that I acted upon it.

“I’m most passionate about giving young people the guidance they need to support them in later life; seeing them achieve their goals and reach their full potential is something I consider a great privilege, something which I’m excited to be part of.

“Since joining my current school, I’ve taken on responsibilities such as running an Italian language club. I’ve also been involved in Sixth Form enrichment classes and am currently the deputy head of Year 8. Teaching provides excellent career progression opportunities and is an excellent career for those seeking a challenging and rewarding role.

“The Train to Teach roadshow in Belfast is a fantastic way of gathering information and will ultimately help people considering teaching to make informed decisions. Anyone interested in teaching should go along and speak with some of the experts on hand to find out more about both the application process and also what day to day life in the classroom is like. Now is the right time to join the profession – the modern classroom is constantly changing, teachers are empowered to test out new techniques, and what’s more, the opportunities are there for career progression.”

Charlie Taylor, Chief Executive of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said: “Teaching has changed – it is increasingly a career of choice for top graduates and offers people excellent opportunities for progression. 

“There’s a new generation of talented teachers working in our classrooms today and we want to encourage even more outstanding candidates, who are seeking a rewarding and challenging career, to join the profession. That is why we are hosting a national “Train to Teach” roadshow.

“Anyone who intends to start their teacher training in 2014 should be making their application soon. As such, I would urge them to come along to the event in Belfast so they can find out more and choose the best training option for them.”

The “Train to Teach” roadshow is taking place on Saturday 12th April at The Hilton Hotel, 4 Lanyon Place, Belfast, BT1 3LP from 9.30am – 4pm.

Entrance to the events is free. Registering in advance is advised by going to:  https://traintoteach.education.gov.uk/sign-up, however you can also register at the venue on the day.  

Graduates interested in becoming a teacher should visit: www.education.gov.uk/getintoteaching or contact the Teaching Line on: 0800 389 2500.

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