Make it your new year’s resolution to Teach Suffolk

Teacher Megan Glazin points the way forward.

Teacher Megan Glazin points the way forward. - Credit: Archant

Sponsored article: New year, new career is a resolution for many and a new campaign is aspiring to capitalise on this and attract more teachers into Suffolk schools.

The new Teach Suffolk brand has been created in partnership with teachers and heads from across the county, to respond to the recruitment challenges they face and reflect the aspects of the job that draw new teachers to Suffolk.

Much has been made nationally of the teacher recruitment crisis with a recent Ofsted report highlighting that in all types of schools recruitment is a very real problem.

There is huge competition for good teachers, as well as for newly qualified teachers who can often take their pick of the schools they want to work at.

It is against this national backdrop that Suffolk schools face ever-greater challenges, and competition, to recruit the brightest and best teachers to teach the county's children and young people.

Attracting, developing and retaining talented teachers for Suffolk is a key factor in improving educational outcomes for children and young people, and is one of the priorities of the Raising the Bar programme lead by Suffolk County Council.

The Teach Suffolk brand was developed by working closely with school leaders, who made it clear that promoting teaching styles and challenges in Suffolk should be at the heart of the approach.

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It focuses on the values and career experiences of teaching in Suffolk, and profiles a variety of routes into teaching, as well as creative and innovative approaches to the profession.

Most importantly, it features real teachers and pupils from Suffolk – showing prospective teachers what life is like in the county's classrooms.

One teacher featured is Megan Glazin, who graduated from Canterbury Christchurch University in 2012 with a degree in primary education.

Megan started at Brooklands Primary School in Brantham during her newly qualified teacher (NQT) year in September 2012.

After three years, she has progressed to become Early Years and Key Stage 1 Leader at the school, and a member of the school's senior leadership team.

Teachers from around Suffolk have also been supporting the new campaign by attending careers events and sharing their experiences with potential teachers. In fact, Megan Glazin will be returning to Canterbury this month to do just that!

Julia Dolan, who is leading the Teach Suffolk project, said: 'This really is an initiative we can all be part of, selling the benefits of living and teaching in Suffolk, celebrating the achievements of our schools will help to attract and keep the best teachers here.

'The new Teach Suffolk brand is already making an impact at careers fairs. The eye-catching materials and creative approach really grab the attention of trainee teachers.'

The Teach Suffolk website includes stories of the real life experiences of Suffolk teachers, as well as explaining the routes into teaching, and listing teaching vacancies in the county.

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