One of the biggest problems facing UK secondary schools is the shortage of math, science and language teachers. At the same time, many people reaching the end of one successful career want to use their skills in meaningful ways
Now Teach was launched in 2016 by former Financial Times columnist, Lucy Kellaway, to encourage people who have already had one successful career to retrain as teachers. These people have started a movement of senior professionals redeploying their skills to teach children who need it most. Now Teach exists to find them and help them become formidable teachers. The encore career opportunity started with 50 trainee teachers and is expanding.
The encore opportunity needs energy, commitment and a passion for the subject combined with a belief that every child deserves a great education. The job also means working with younger colleagues and being able to take instruction from them. Above all, candidates need excitement at the thought of starting over at a time when less energetic people are winding down. The Now Teach program provides support and guidance through the training process and into the classroom.
In addition, once Now Teachers have mastered some skills, their broader experience is highly valued, particularly with regard to improving schools’ work experience and career guidance programs.
Published: August 2018