Today’s poll: Should schools do more to welcome those switching to teaching from other careers?

New research suggests professionals moving from the private sector into teaching experience ‘significant levels of frustration’ and even distrust from their new colleagues.

The research suggests schools could be losing out both in terms of bringing in more teachers and benefitting from their previous experience. What do you think?


Should schools do more to welcome those switching to teaching from other careers?


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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Anyone is welcome into teaching; there should be no special treatment of “career switchers”. Come in with open mind though

  2. LiterateCynic

    andylutwyche Government desperation? DfE must (finally!) be starting to sh** itself at looming recruitment meltdown! SchoolsImprove

  3. LiterateCynic

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove I’m sure the “mums’ army” thing will be back before long.. That or 75% of lessons delivered ‘online’..

  4. andylutwyche

    LiterateCynic SchoolsImprove I don’t think “60+ children in a hall with a big screen” is too far away for some

  5. terryfish

    SchoolsImprove The ‘problem’ is that these people expect to maintain their work life balance, only to realise there is so much to learn!

  6. toasterman1968

    terryfish SchoolsImprove You are talking rubbish, I have retrained as a teacher at 47 after 20 years in business. Yes teaching is hard work but teachers need to work collaboratively. Attitudes like yours are part of the problem, I don’t expect special treatment but you also need to realize you are teachers not superheros. Perhaps you need a little enlightenment on the real-world, as a HR Consultant I worked from 7am to 7pm most days + then logged on to deal with e-mails + project demands.

  7. amirshah316

    SchoolsImprove Schools have enough on their plate. Like supporting existing staff with the day to day pressures that engulf the job!

  8. bylromarha

    SchoolsImprove wondering the salary as an HR consultant? And how many kids there turn the emotions upside down to give sleepless nights?

  9. johneffay

    SchoolsImprove Not sure I trust anything written by someone who contrasts working in education with ‘the real world’.

  10. MalcolmWilson01

    SchoolsImprove I earned four times as much and worked in an easier environment, even if my hours were longer. I agree about collaboration.

  11. MalcolmWilson01

    SchoolsImprove Teaching can be quite isolating: the best parts of my four years so far have been in collaborative relationships with peers.

  12. Maruta_Wataru

    SchoolsImprove All staff should try to be welcoming to all newcomers – but no special effort should be made for those switching career.

  13. acet2001

    Maruta_Wataru SchoolsImprove Those returning from curtailed employment as OFSTED inspectors should be made especially welcome. U0001f601U0001f601U0001f601U0001f601

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