Bored of your job? Become a teacher! Nicky Morgan wants everyone from lawyers to weathermen to enter the classroom

The Mail is reporting that Nicky Morgan wants to encourage workers who want a career change because they are bored of their job to become teachers.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said the idea of a ‘career for life’ is over, and the average person will have up to seven different jobs.

She said she wanted more people to spend part of their working life in the classroom, as she appealed to engineers, barristers, meteorologists and marine biologists to retrain as teachers.

In a speech in Leeds today, Mrs Morgan said she was determined to tackle the workload to encourage more people to become teachers.

She said that she wanted people to see teaching as ‘one of the noblest forms of public service, of their way of giving back – not just at the very start of their career, but at any point in their lives’.

Mrs Morgan said she stood by her suggestion that people on the verge of retirement should move into teaching, despite some people suggesting she was ‘forcing octogenarians to lead PE lessons’.

She stressed that people should feel able to take up teaching at any time.

‘The age of the career for life is no more – the average person changes careers 5 to 7 times during their life.

‘I want more people to consider teaching as one of those changes.’

Mrs Morgan added: ‘I want lifelong teachers to have their work complemented by lessons from former civil engineers, stage managers, barristers and meteorologists.

‘I believe that those at the end of their careers have a huge amount to offer our classrooms.’

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Read Nicky Morgan’s speech in full at: Nicky Morgan speaks about the inspirational impact of Teach First


I don’t know whether it will have any meaningful impact on the immediate recruitment issue (and it is certainly no excuse for losing good teachers from the profession when they might otherwise be persuaded to stay) but I do think Nicky Morgan makes a valid point about the way careers are changing.

This is not specific to teaching but cuts across numerous fields, meaning many professionals will have multiple careers in their lives. The idea of recruiting people in their 20s and having them stay in the same field for life makes less and less sense. Instead, I would suggest, all professions need to look at lifelong recruitment with people moving in and out of professions over time. 

Have you become a teacher after a career elsewhere? if so, how has it worked out for you and would you recommend the move to others? 


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  1. NormalCommunity

    SchoolsImprove Secondary level teaching of law, medicine and expertise-debunking is essential for a land of functioning, enfranchised folk.

  2. The college I attended was for ‘mature students’.  It contained students who’d worked in a variety to jobs: admin, forces, bringing up children.  But we all wanted teaching to be the job we spent the rest of our working life doing.   That was the time when teaching was regarded as a life-long vocation, like being a doctor, not something to be dipped in and then out.  

    Is the College still training career changers?  No, it was closed at the end of the 70s as part of a nationwide cull of teacher training colleges.

  3. DoWise

    suzyg001 I agree, and I think the question of how to retain good quality teaching staff should be at the top of her agenda.

  4. Organic_Jane

    SchoolsImprove Job changing yes, but career change 6 or 7 times? I asked her to show evidence of this yesterday. No response.

  5. rhi_wilson98

    SchoolsImprove well tell her to stop bollocking education up then!! that’s when it might be a more appealing profession again

  6. suzyg001 SchoolsImprove NickyMorgan01 exactly.  There is no shortage of trained teachers – just too few of us want to work in the state system at the moment.

  7. TW

    Organic_Jane SchoolsImprove  I’m guessing those numbers come from multiple instances of the proletariat being kicked out of jobs due to outsourcing, downsizing, etc.  Of course, it probably also recognises the BBC seeing it as its national duty to provide an income to favoured politicians when they get kicked out by their voters.

  8. TW

    Around five decades ago it seemed fairly common for careers advice, such as it was, to mention that teaching was something that welcomed people who had already done other work – not sure they meant old age pensioners though.  Harold Wilson used to talk about careers not necessarily being for life.  Good to see Nicky catching up with the 1960s.

  9. DenrooneyDenise

    SchoolsImprove well then Nicky Morgan needs to treat teachers better if she wants more people to become teachers!

  10. WendyC116

    SchoolsImprove I had many jobs b4 teaching, inc plastering, & I’d say my experiences only enhance my teaching. I’m 49 & in my 4th yr

  11. DrDD

    70% pay cut, I don’t think so!
    The problem isn’t attracting people to the profession it is retaining them. There is no shortage of trained teachers, the problem we now have is making them believe they have a sustainable career.

  12. TheMorganics

    SchoolsImprove That should be ‘bored with your job?’. An education account should really use correct grammar. Or Morgan/Gove will get you!

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