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DfE recruitment strategy will include tasters in teaching

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Jan 3, 2019.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    Could teaching taster sessions be the key to encourage more people to join the profession? The DfE believes that a new programme to get people in front of the classroom will help them discover the joy of teaching:

    ‘The Department for Education's long-awaited teacher recruitment and retention strategy will include a scheme to give interested people a taste of teaching.

    The news comes as a new survey from the government's Get Into Teaching campaign shows that 44 per cent of people think they have the qualities needed to be a teacher.

    Tackling the teacher recruitment and retention crisis has been a top priority for education secretary Damian Hinds since he was appointed last January, and the government's overarching strategy is expected to be launched shortly.’


    What do you think about the inclusion of teaching taster sessions in the DfEs recruitment strategy? Will it help or hinder the drive? What do you think about the recent survey results from the Government’s teaching campaign which shows that many people believe they have what it takes to be a teacher?

    https://www.tes.com/news/dfe-recruitment-include-tasters-teaching
     
  2. drvs

    drvs Star commenter

  3. Oscillatingass

    Oscillatingass Star commenter

    Hits the nail on the head.
     
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  4. Oscillatingass

    Oscillatingass Star commenter

    Sounds like another wheeze from some DFE official who has been tasked with doing something about the ever increasing teacher shortage. They know darn well what they need to do to make teaching a more realistic career choice but they wont do it because it will cost serious money.
     
  5. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    The survey, commissioned by the Department for Education as part of its Get into Teaching campaign, found that, of these people, 44 per cent said it was because they were good at explaining things, while 40 per cent thought they could make learning fun and 39 per cent believed they could relate to others.

    In the survey, which involved more than 3,000 members of the public, excluding teachers and retirees, 40 per cent of people who believed they could be good teachers said it was because they enjoyed working with young people.

    This just shows how ill-informed people are about the role of a modern teacher. If only it were all about explaining things, making learning fun, relating to others and working with young people. Perhaps if these people were familiar with all the marking, planning, meetings, cpd, parents' evenings, duties, scrutiny and micromanagement then they might change their minds.
     
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  6. applecrumblebumble

    applecrumblebumble Lead commenter

    I always thought this was the idea of observing teaching, maybe teach a lesson before embarking on a teacher training scheme eg. PGCE so not that new then. More cannon fodder, anyone can take a bullet, it’s surviving that counts.
     
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  7. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    This is not the problem! I'm sure that many current teachers will agree that the actual teaching is the most enjoyable part of the job (with a good class or at least one which is not in riot mode). It's all the other cr *p that grinds them down.
     
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