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Recruitment drive for teaching staff being held




Have you ever thought about becoming a primary school teacher or getting into the primary education sector?

ConnectED teaching school alliance is holding a recruitment drive for anyone thinking 'is teaching for me?'

ConnectED is led by Barrow CEVC Primary School and supports teaching, learning and leadership across Suffolk schools.

Jacqui Watkins, director of ConnectED Teaching School Alliance and Helen Ashe, headteacher of Barrow Primary. Picture: Mecha Morton.
Jacqui Watkins, director of ConnectED Teaching School Alliance and Helen Ashe, headteacher of Barrow Primary. Picture: Mecha Morton.

The event is taking place on Thursday, January 31, 5.30pm until 7.30pm at Chilton Community Primary School in Stowmarket.

Jacqui Watkins, Director of ConnectED Teaching School Alliance, said: "The event is for anyone who is interested in finding out about a career in teaching. If they want to know about getting the qualifications and other ways and to see if this is the right thing for them."

Currently there is a need for teaching staff in schools in Suffolk.

Jacqui said: "Within the whole of the East of England there is a challenge to get teachers, part of the reason is because its relatively expensive to live in Suffolk so people considering careers might think I can't afford to buy a house here.

"It will mostly appeal to people with family in Suffolk or who have a young family who want to stay in Suffolk and train nearby."

Organisations involved in the event will be Primary East Teaching School Alliance and Suffolk and Norfolk school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT).

Although there are different training options that will be discussed training is usually done in Ipswich or Norwich one day a week.

Currently in the Bury St Edmunds area there are 25 vacancies in schools- however the staffing levels are not just looked at a problem presently but also in the future.

Jacqui said: "The government is looking at ways in which schools can be mindful of the pressures there are and help teachers manage their workload.

"The bottom line is we want teachers to be full of energy in the classroom that is where they're going to make a difference to children."

Jacqui said that she thinks about just under one third of newly trained teachers have left within five years.



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