Crawley hosts teacher recruitment evening

Hannah Strange
Hannah Strange

A local teacher has called for more people in the Crawley area to help shape the lives of the next generation by choosing a career in teaching, ahead of a recruitment event at the Arora Hotel Gatwick Crawley on Thursday February 28.

Hannah Strange, a trainee teacher at Meath Green Junior School, Horley, is set to tell visitors to the Train to Teach event about the huge impact that teaching can have and the rewards and opportunities the career offers.

The event, organised by the Get Into Teaching campaign from the Department for Education, is part of a series visiting cities and towns across the country this spring in support of a national recruitment drive.

Hannah, who will be sharing her experiences as a teacher with visitors to the event, said: “I’m proud to support the campaign and would urge more people in the Crawley area to consider a career in teaching.

“My favourite part of the job is that every day is different. As a teacher I’m never bored and every day I get to see the impact of my work.

“My training experience so far has been fantastic. Going into teaching has been everything I was hoping for and more.”

Roger Pope, spokesperson for the Get Into Teaching campaign and a National Leader of Education, said: “The teaching profession is a great way to make your degree, skills and knowledge really count.

“Knowing every lesson shapes a life is a wonderful feeling – as a teacher you’re inspiring learning, helping children to stand on their own two feet and opening their eyes to what’s possible.

“You’ll start on a competitive salary too, have the opportunity to progress fast and can work anywhere you want to go, whether that is locally or further afield.

“There are no great schools without great teachers – that’s why we’re always looking for people with the passion and potential to teach. I would encourage anyone looking for a truly worthwhile career to come along to Train to Teach in Crawley and find out where teaching could take you.”

At the event, experienced teacher training advisors will be on hand to guide visitors through the training options and next steps. Representatives from schools and universities that provide teacher training will also be there with insights into how to make a strong application.

Information will be available about the financial support available – you could receive a £26,000 tax-free bursary to train as a teacher.

On the day, anyone interested in teaching as a career can also register for an upcoming school open day where they will be able to get a taste of school life, including observing a range of lessons and meeting teachers.

The free Train to Teach event is being held at the Arora Hotel Gatwick-Crawley, Southgate Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6LW on Thursday February 28 from 4.30pm to 8pm.

Applications for teacher training starting this September are now open.

To find out more about what life as a teacher is like, and to register for an event, visit: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk or call the Get Into Teaching Line on 0800 389 2500.