Press release

National teacher recruitment drive gets underway

New TV ad launches to inspire more people to teach.

A major new TV advert launches today (27 October 2015) calling for more people to consider teaching as a career.

The new ad, which features some of the country’s most inspiring and talented classroom teachers, forms part of the government’s annual teacher recruitment campaign, Your Future: Their Future.

Around 35,000 trainee teachers need to be recruited every year and the Your Future: Their Future campaign plays a key role in attracting more high-quality teachers into England’s classrooms – with the proportion of trainees with top degrees at record levels.

The new ad premieres on national TV from today and is scheduled to appear in a range of popular slots on ITV (Jonathan Ross), C4 (Gogglebox) and C5 (NCIS) over the next few weeks. It will also be available online and on video on demand.

Supporting the launch of the campaign and the new TV ad, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said:

Great teachers are at the heart of our drive to extend opportunity to every single child.

That is why we are focused on attracting more talented people into the profession, to inspire young people, open doors to their future and help prepare them for life in modern Britain.

Our teacher recruitment campaign Your Future: Their Future will play a key role in attracting a new generation of passionate and gifted teachers including even more top graduates who will help our children reach their full potential.

Teaching stars of the new Your Future: Their Future advert include a range of gifted and passionate classroom teachers.

Mat Galvin is Head of Science and Assistant Head Teacher at the Firth Park Academy in Sheffield. Mat always wanted to be a teacher. He has a 2:1 degree in chemistry and is passionate about working with students in challenging circumstances to give them the very best opportunities for life.

Mat said:

I’m really excited to be a part of the Your Future: Their Future campaign - I love my job and it’s great to be able to share that passion with others.

Teaching offers a real challenge but it’s also so rewarding working with young people. Sharing my subject knowledge and watching students develop and reach their potential is really fulfilling.

James Stagg is Mandarin Subject Leader at the Harris Academy South Norwood, London. James was greatly inspired by a number of teachers when he was at school to consider teaching as a career. He has a 2:1 degree in Business Management and undertook an internship in China.

James said:

I am thrilled to be part of the Your Future: Their Future campaign. Teaching is such a rewarding career.

That ‘lightbulb’ moment in teaching is great. Seeing students develop their skills and knowledge is so fulfilling. Of course, there are tough moments but there are so many enjoyable ones.

The government is also offering a new range of generous bursaries and scholarships for the academic year 2016 to 2017 - worth up to £30,000 tax-free - in key academic subjects to top graduates who train to teach.

These include:

  • £30,000 tax-free for graduates with a first class degree training to teach physics, an increase from £25,000 in 2015 to 2016. Trainees in physics with a 2:1 will continue to receive a £25,000 bursary, and trainees with a 2:2 will also now receive £25,000 up from £15,000 last year

  • increased bursaries of up to £25,000 in other EBacc subjects including maths, biology, chemistry, computing, languages and geography

  • continuing the increased funding available to schools offering School Direct (salaried) places in maths and physics to boost starting salaries in these subjects - trainees can earn £21,000 nationally and £25,000 in inner London

  • a further 700 prestigious tax-free scholarships worth up to £30,000 for physics, and £25,000 for maths, chemistry and computing trainees, delivered in partnership with the professional bodies for these subjects

Notes to Editors:

  1. View the new TV ad and get more information on becoming a teacher on the Get into Teaching website.
  2. Find a full list of bursaries and scholarships available for the academic year 2016 to 2017 on the Get into Teaching website.
  3. The new campaign includes recruitment events throughout the academic year. Subject associations, like the Institute of Physics, universities and the government’s network of over 700 schools will have a presence at the events and will be on hand to offer advice and guidance to prospective trainees.

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