Teach First recruitment advert targets career-changers

Irena Barker

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Teach First has launched a new recruitment advert, as part of its first ever campaign to recruit career-changers to challenging schools.

The advert is part of a three-month drive to recruit people from other professions, with schools in many areas complaining of being unable to fill posts – especially in shortage subjects such as maths and science.

Teach First, which traditionally recruits high-flying graduates to train and teach in schools in disadvantaged areas, says it has been working on developing “flexible” training for those swapping to teaching from other careers.

The charity will also be more flexible regarding where career-changers carry out their first two-year posting in schools – to accommodate people who have already put down roots in an area.

It aims to recruit 1,800 people per year at early years, primary and secondary levels, including both recent graduates and career-changers.

Teach First executive director, James Westhead said: “We believe untapped potential across the UK can help solve teacher recruitment challenges across low-income schools.

“There are generations of talented leaders in office blocks, in police stations, in law chambers or even on football pitches, who could potentially start an application today that becomes part of a solution to current challenges.”

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Irena Barker

Irena Barker is a freelance journalist.

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