Considering going into teaching after graduation? Check out Get Into Teaching’s tax-free bursaries
Bristol graduates who are not put off by the demands of teaching in 2018, are being urged to consider the Department for Education’s Get Into Teaching campaign.
Applications for September 2018 entry to training are now open and if you go for key subjects such as science, computing, geography and languages, you could get a £26,000 tax-free bursary.
Candidates applying for maths teacher training stand to get a tax free £30,000 bursary. A £20,000 is given up front with a further £10,000 once teaching.
Scholarships of up to £28,000 are available for graduates who fit relevant criteria.
The campaign is targeting graduates in Bristol after research shows that 72 per cent of the city’s graduates believe they would make a good teacher.
“It’s fantastic that students and graduates in Bristol take the time to experience working with young people and the rewards this kind of work can bring,” Stuart Johnson, Director of Careers Service from the University of Bristol said.
“We encourage all our students gain as much work experience as they can to enable them to make informed decisions about their future careers. Many students from Bristol go on to a career in teaching each year and we are very proud of the important contribution they make.”
According to statistics from research that involved 3,000 university students and recent graduates, 43 per cent of graduates have already gained voluntary work experience with children. Volunteering, mentoring or sports coaching are ideal ways to get an ideal of what life like be like as a teacher, according to Get Into Teaching campaigner Roger Pope.
“These types of encounters can be the first steps in considering teaching as a career,” he says.
“Given what our research reveals, if the appetite is there from individuals in Bristol then we would encourage these same talented people to think about becoming a teacher. The fulfilling nature of the job is unique, particularly when it comes to the pride you feel. It is one of the main reasons many people choose to teach and perhaps the reason people enjoy working with young people more generally. The rewarding nature of the role is second to none.”
An 88 per cent of university students and recent graduates in Bristol think that teaching would mostly be a fulfilling career, with around half saying it would be one of the top jobs to make a positive impact on society.
For more information and advice about a career in teaching visit: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk or call the Get Into Teaching line on 0800 389 2500.
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