Council set to re-run programme to encourage former teachers back to the classroom

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Council set to re-run programme to encourage former teachers back to the classroom

Former teachers are being encouraged to consider a return to the profession as Essex County Council relaunches a campaign to help tackle the recruitment challenge facing schools.

A first cohort of 40 ex-teachers successfully completed the council’s first free Return to Teaching programme earlier this year, with a number securing teaching posts within weeks of it finishing.

The organisers recognise how daunting the decision to return to the classroom can be, particularly with so many recent changes to the education system. The intensive course therefore aims to help the former teachers get up-to-date with the curriculum, assessment and teaching practice, giving them the confidence, knowledge and support to go back to the profession.

A second round of the Return to Teaching programme, which is free to participants, gets underway next month and applications must be made by Thursday, 28 September.

Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, said: “We work closely with the county’s schools and actively support them with the challenge of teacher recruitment and retention.

“The first round of our Return to Teaching programme was extremely successful and I was very pleased that so many of the participants were successful in securing jobs.

“A strong supply of good quality teachers is vital in ensuring pupils in Essex continue to receive the best possible education and attracting yet more talented teachers back to the profession would be another big boost.

“Whether people have taken time out to raise a family, pursue another career or for any other reason, our programme could give them just the help and support they need.”

For more information or to register, please visit www.essexschoolsjobs.co.uk/ReturnToTeaching.aspx

The programme has been funded by a strategic group set up to explore and implement new teacher recruitment and retention strategies in Essex.

The group includes representatives from Essex County Council, the Association of Secondary Headteachers in Essex (ASHE), the Essex Primary Headteachers’ Association (EPHA), Essex Special School Education Trust (ESSET) and the Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Schools Trust.

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