Laura Harris, a Science teacher from Studley High School in Studley, took the decision to leave law in 2010 for a more rewarding career. She said: 

 “Choosing to switch careers wasn’t an overnight decision and required some consideration and planning, but it was completely worth it – I’ve never looked back. There are few careers that can be so meaningful and rewarding as teaching where you can be so integral to shaping the lives of others. When I take the time to reflect on my job it makes me incredibly proud of the work I do each day.

“For anyone considering a career move into teaching, I’d strongly recommend you find out more and take the next step. Your experience from a different field could be exactly what a classroom needs, with the unique opportunity to bring to life subjects and life lessons that impact students well beyond their school years.”

 Roger Pope, spokesperson for the Get Into Teaching campaign and a National Leader for Education, said:

“Our research highlights just how many people in this country are at a career crossroads and have an itch to switch, but clearly they feel there are barriers to overcome. A large proportion of people believe they would make a good teacher and see the draw and rewards of a career that can have an impact on so many. It’s interesting to see that people are looking to achieve a wider sense of fulfilment and worth – which is exactly what a career in teaching can give you.

“I would encourage anyone yearning for a more meaningful and rewarding career at this time of year to visit the Get Into Teaching website to find out more and register their interest. We have an unrivalled package of support available and dedicated teacher training advisers on hand to guide you.”

To further support the next generation of New Year career changers, Get Into Teaching is also running a series of events throughout the spring term where people can find out about life in the classroom, the opportunities for progression, competitive salaries and financial support available. Individuals could get a £26,000 tax-free bursary to train as a teacher in selected subjects including science, computing, geography and languages.

For more information about teaching as a career and to register for the live and online events, visit: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk , call the Get Into Teaching line on 0800 389 2500 or contact us to arrange a personal visit, and discuss your training needs.

#teachmeet or #notteachmeet

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For those who have lived under a rock for the past 10 years, a ‘teachmeet’ is an organised (informal) meeting of teaching staff, to share personal insight and best practice in teaching.

The meets are often described as an ‘unconference’ and are free of charge, open to all.

This month, three of us at Studley High School, booked to attend and deliver at a local TeachMeet. the format is fairly standard:

  • Micro-presentations – lasting 7 minutes
  • Nano-presentations – lasting 2 minutes nano presentation (3-5 one after the other)
  • Round-table break-outs – lasting 15 minutes or so, allowing focussed discussion around a theme, with a volunteer facilitator
  • Random selection of speakers – from a pool of willing participants
Participants (in this case, us!) volunteer to demonstrate good practice.

The Teach Meet opened with an introduction from keynote speaker Gary Toward @gltoward of Decisive Element http://www.decisive-element.co.uk/home. He shared anecdotes of his own teaching career and the importance of our role in supporting young people, calling us “the decisive element in the classroom”. He used a quote from Maya Angelou:

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel

Aside from the fun elements, of winning prizes in raffles (yes, Mrs Wakefield won a prize!) and networking, there are some seriously relevant topics to learn from here and we think.

Topics covered at this event included: Learning through PlayDoughTophat questioningMetacognition and Pupil Premium in KS3, but to name a few. We took many ideas back to school, with the intention of implementing them into our practice.

This was a thoroughly enjoyable evening, and afforded us the opportunity to hear about real practice in real classrooms. If you get the chance to go to one, go! If you want to plan one, there are some useful tips here and to attend one, try Twitter, where they are often widely advertised, using the #teachmeet hashtag.

Mrs Case (Maths), Mrs Harris (Chemistry) & Mrs Wakefield (Maths) – Studley High School