‘Train to Teach’ roadshow for aspiring teachers

Call for aspiring teachers to join the ‘Train to Teach’ roadshow in Dublin

Aspiring teachers are being encouraged to attend the Train to Teach roadshow when it visits Dublin on 17th October.

The Conrad Hotel in Dublin - Train to Teach
The Conrad Hotel Dublin

The Train to Teach roadshow, organised by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), is the most comprehensive event of its kind for those wanting to teach in England.

The free event at The Conrad Hotel in Dublin, from 10-4pm, will give potential teachers a chance to drop-in and find out more about the rewards and opportunities a career in teaching offers.

Visitors to the event will be able to attend a presentation on the different teacher training options available, including the School Direct salaried route.

They will also be able to meet representatives from schools and universities that deliver teacher training, gain useful tips on how to make a strong application, and get one-to-one advice and practical tips from current teachers and teaching experts.

The event will also showcase the financial support available and provide information on the competitive starting salaries, as well as the rewards that teaching has to offer. These include substantial tax-free bursaries and scholarships of up to £30k for top graduates who train to teach core academic subjects.

Grainne Kearns, 22, is originally from Sligo but trained to teach at the Isleworth and Syon School, Middlesex where she currently teaches chemistry.

Grainne said:
“I was always attracted to a career in teaching but competition for jobs in Ireland is fierce and when I began to look at other options, I realised that training in England presented me with a great opportunity to develop my career and gain valuable experience.

“I am passionate about getting more people, especially girls, interested in science. I love witnessing the children experience the ‘lightbulb’ moment, when everything fits into place.

“If you are thinking about a career in teaching, I would recommend attending the Train to Teach event in Dublin. You can speak to current teachers to find out more about life in the classroom and experts, who will be on hand to advise on the different training route options available and help with the application process.”

Kim Mitchell, a Teaching and Leadership Adviser for NCTL, said:

“Teaching is a fantastic career – it offers a competitive salary, flexibility and great opportunities for people seeking career progression. With the bursaries and scholarships on offer this year, more talented graduates will have the opportunity and support to become teachers and help young people reach their full potential.

“As well as new graduates, some of our best teachers are career changers who entered the profession after pursuing careers in other fields, bringing with them a wealth of experience and expertise to help inspire the next generation of CEOs, doctors and engineers.

“The roadshow is a great opportunity to get all your questions about teaching and the teacher training answered.”

To attend the Train to teach event in The Conrad Hotel, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin, Dublin 2, registration in advance is advised by going to: www.traintoteach.education.gov.uk/sign-up. You can also register at the venue on the day.

There is also a range of live online interactive events with teachers and experts for aspiring teachers throughout October and November, covering a host of topics, including teaching a STEM subject, teaching for career changers and more.

To find out more about these live, interactive events, and to sign up, go to: www.getintoteaching.education.gov.uk

Applications for teacher training in 2016 open at the end of October and popular courses fill up fast.

Anyone interested in becoming a teacher should visit: www.education.gov.uk contact the Get into Teaching Line on: 0800 389 2500.

Train to Teach events this year will also visit:

  • Glasgow – 13th October 2015
  • Cardiff – 3rd November 2015
  • London – 7th November 2015
  • Ipswich – 10th November 2015
  • York – 11th November 2015
  • Manchester – 14th November 2015
  • Sunderland – 17th November 2015
  • Birmingham – 21st November 2015
  • Oxford – 24th November 2015
  • Belfast – 28th November 2015

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