The National College of Teaching and Learning (NCTL) has predicted an increase in interest this month, as many people look for a career change in the new year. In January 2015, NCTL saw almost half a million hits to its 'Get into Teaching' website, along with more than 10,000 registrations of interest.
If correct, this prediction will be of huge benefit to the teaching industry, which has seen an increasing crisis in recruitment over the last year. In December, the National Association of Head Teachers said that 59 per cent of schools advertising for teachers struggled to get applicants, and a further 20 per cent failed completely to appoint anyone.
In order to capitalise on the number of people considering a career change at this time of year, NCTL has planned six online events in January to show potential recruits what the profession can offer them.
Roger Pope, chair of the NCTL, said: "As a new year begins, we know that a lot of people will be thinking about their careers and whether there's something else out there for them. Every year, we see an influx of people who change career into teaching, bringing a wealth of experience to help inspire the next generation."
Elsewhere, the Department for Education has also launched a television advertising campaign in a bid to encourage more people into the teaching profession.
Posted by Harriet McGowan