Sheffield teacher leads recruitment drive for industry

Mat Galvin
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A Sheffield teacher is leading a new campaign to encourage people to join the teaching profession.

Mat Galvin, who has been teaching in the city for 18 years, is leading the National College for Teaching and Leaderships’s latest drive to discover new teaching talent in the region.

And according to new figures, released by the college this week, teaching remains the most popular choice among those considering a career change.

Mat, who is now assistant head teacher at NCTL, and also teaches science at Firth Park Academy, said: “I love my job, working with young people.

“Teaching science is like giving students the pieces of a jigsaw and watching them put it together. I love that lightbulb moment when students just get it.

“For anyone who is considering teaching, there is so much support available. I’d say get in touch with local schools and volunteer in classrooms for a few days. You’ll know really quickly if this fantastic career is for you.”

Last January was one of the busiest months of the year for registrations of interest in teaching in the region, with over 41 per cent of all registrations logged with NCTL coming from those looking to change career.

Tessa Mason, NCTL Teaching and Leadership Advisor for teachers in Sheffield, 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.”

Visit www.traintoteach.education.gov.uk to register for a free Train to Teach roadshow event.