NEWS: our founder and creative director, Nicole Ponsford, is an expert panel member for the guardian live webchat on 'thinking of a career in teaching?'
Via The Guardian:
Being a teacher can be a life-changing experience. “Nine years ago I taught a boy who had been through an appalling ordeal in his home country Sierra Leone in west Africa,” says one teacher, who wishes to remain anonymous. “He was the victim of a heinous war crime and abuse. At school, his behaviour was challenging, but he had a heart of gold.
“A few weeks ago, as I was rushing to catch a train, I bumped into him. Suited and booted and with a very beautiful girlfriend, he told me about his life. He was an actor, a comedian and, I could see, a beautiful human being. He thanked me as it was my insistence that he took part in the school play which, he said, had changed his life.”
This story sums up why many people decide to teach – a survey by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers union found that 75% of teachers join the profession because they want to make a difference.
While new Ofsted targets and changes to the curriculum have put added pressure on teachers, there are still many reasons to join the profession. From community schools to special schools and private schools, there is a variety of teaching environments to choose from. If they want a change of scenery, teachers can even pack their bags and work overseas.
So, ahead of World Teacher’s Day on 5 October, we will be discussing how to become a teacher. Whether you’re thinking of changing career by entering the educational sector or are looking for a teacher training scheme, join us on Wednesday 30 September from 1–3pm BST for a live chat with the experts. We’ll be discussing:
Comments are currently open and we welcome questions in advance.
Nicole Ponsford is founder of TechnoTeachers, a global edtech consultancy. Nicole specialises in supporting teachers both in schools, in print and online. She specialises in bespoke support for teachers, writing CVs and interview practice.
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