Call to would-be teachers

Maura Kitson, a leader of history from The Farnley Academy.
Maura Kitson, a leader of history from The Farnley Academy.
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A teacher is calling on people with the potential to teach to learn more about the profession.

Maura Kitson, a leader of History from The Farnley Academy, will be at the Train to Teach roadshow when it visits Leeds tomorrow, talking to potential recruits.

Maura said: “Teaching young people is a real privilege. As a teacher you make your skills and subject knowledge really count to change young people’s lives for the better, inspiring them with the passion and enthusiasm to fulfil their full potential and realise their ambitions.

“The roadshow is a brilliant place to get all of your questions answered if you are thinking of starting teacher training in September 2017.”

Visitors to the event, organised by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), can meet representatives from schools and universities providing teacher training and learn about financial support available. Tax-free bursaries and scholarships are now available in a range of subjects. For example, trainees in physics can receive a bursary or scholarship of up to £30,000 tax-free while they train. Scholarships worth £27,500 are also on offer for chemistry, computing, geography, maths and modern foreign languages.

Roger Pope, chair of the NCTL, said: “This event in Leeds isn’t only for new graduates – every year, we see people from other sectors switching to teaching, bringing a wealth of experience to help inspire the next generation.”

The free event, which is also open to qualified teachers interested in returning to teaching, will be held at the Hilton Leeds City, Neville Street, from 10am to 2pm. To register in advance visit People can also register on the day.