Bradford bus tours take trainee teachers into secondary schools

Article dated Friday Dec 1, 2017 at 04:31 PM

Teacher training students will be taken on bus tours of secondary schools in the Bradford district as part of a major recruitment campaign.

Bradford Council organises the tours to give people who are training to be teachers an insight into how rewarding working in the district’s schools can be.

The bus tours have already been a major success helping to recruit more than 200 talented teachers into Bradford’s primary schools since they were first launched two years ago.

Now tours of the district’s secondary schools have been organised for the first time. These tours are taking place this month taking students from Leeds Trinity University to schools across the district to give them an insight into teaching in Bradford and applying for jobs.

These will be followed by a series of bus tours to primary schools. Bradford Council's bus tours allow the authority to work with teaching training providers to promote the district as a destination for teachers.

Coun Imran Khan, Bradford Council's executive member for education, employment and skills said: "Our bus tours have already had a big impact helping us to attract 200 new teachers to work in our primary schools. Now we are extending this work to secondary schools in the district.

"We know that when people see the work that our schools do first-hand they want to be involved. We hope the teacher training students who take part are inspired by what they see. Bradford’s secondary schools are already achieving some amazing results - having been the fourth most improved area in the country for the progress pupils are making at GCSE. We hope more talented teachers taking part in the latest round of bus tours will join us to help improve the district’s results further."

Ed Podesta Leeds Trinity University’s Group Academic lead - Post Graduate Initial Teacher Education said: "We're delighted to be working with Bradford Council on this exciting and important initiative, which we see as part of our mission that all children in the region are taught by knowledgeable, committed, and effective teachers. We work with fantastic school partners in Bradford, and welcome the opportunity for all our trainees to see the great teaching that happens in schools in the district."

The bus tours are part of an important campaign to boost teacher recruitment in the district.

Bradford Council has invested £660,000 in teacher recruitment over three years. The bus tours have taken hundreds of teacher training students around schools in Bradford.

The tours are followed by a Journey to Your First Teaching Post workshop where candidates are given advice about applying for jobs, writing personal statements and preparing for their job interviews.

The newly qualified teachers are then invited to apply to a talent bank which has been set up by Bradford Council to allow the district’s schools to find the best candidates for their vacancies. 
The talent bank is the first of its kind in the country. It has allowed the Council to use local expertise to match newly qualified teachers to suitable jobs which they can then apply for.

A major online teaching recruitment campaign, Bradford for Teaching, has also been launched this month to attract more teachers to the district.

Inspirational teachers from across the district have also been chosen to be Bradford for Teaching Ambassadors. They will be using Facebook, Twitter and Youtube to share stories about their work and the impact teachers in Bradford can have.

A website, www.bradfordteaching.org, has been created giving people information about job and training opportunities in Bradford schools.

Coun Khan added: "We are getting the message out there that Bradford is the place to be for ambitious and talented teachers who want to make a difference to young people’s lives."

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