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Recruitment campaign bids to tackle teacher shortfall

Teacher training schools have joined the county council, University of Northampton and Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership in organising a collaborative Place to Teach roadshow.

The campaign was launched at a Westminster Train to Teach event in London on Saturday (November 7).

The Northamptonshire roadshow, endorsed by the National College for Teaching and Leadership, is a one-stop-shop for teaching in Northamptonshire, offering guidance on the routes into teaching as well as the strong case for making the move to Northamptonshire.

The first Northamptonshire-based event will take place at Northampton School for Boys on November 25, 5.30pm-8pm, andwill be hosted by schools from across Northamptonshire, offering a variety of teacher training programmes for those interested in early years, secondary or special schools provision.

Those attending will meet current trainee teachers as well as those who have just started their first year of teaching in local schools.

NEP head of communications Kate Dent said: “Northamptonshire is a fantastic place to start and develop your teaching career.

“The teaching school network provides very strong professional support and with several new Northamptonshire schools opening over the next few years, the opportunities in Northamptonshire for talented teachers to develop their careers here will increase further. The campaign supports the county council’s Race to the Top initiative, she added.

Teacher Jo Walker, who moved from Essex with her family to work as Lead Teacher of Business and Economics  at The Duston School, said: “We chose to relocate from Essex after facing a fourth year in a row with no family holiday. We felt like we were working simply to survive each month. 

“Six months after making the decision to move to Northamptonshire we were in our new home, which is larger than the one we had before, and cost two-thirds of the price.

“My husband and I have both been able to give up our part-time jobs yet have a better lifestyle than we could have hoped for if we had stayed in Essex.  We can honestly say that it was the best decision we have made.”

To book your place at the Place to Teach event at Northampton School for Boys, visit www.theplacetoteach.com/events 

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