On 20 January, Now Teach launched in Hastings on the Pier. The scheme encourages experienced professionals to retrain as teachers following successful careers in other sectors. This follows its successful pilot in London in 2016. “We are incredibly fortunate that ‘Now Teach’ has launched its first campaign outside of London in our Hastings,” said Amber.
On 5 January 2018, the Department for Education announced that Now Teach would receive £350,000 to expand into Hastings. This funding is in addition to up to £6 million from the Department to be invested as part of the Hastings Opportunity Area delivery plan.
The delivery plan for the Hastings Opportunity Area has supporting quality teaching at its foundation, as an underpinning theme for its four main priorities: improving literacy, raising attainment in maths, improving mental health and resilience, and broadening horizons and developing skills.
During the launch event, Amber spoke about the power of teachers to inspire and engage their students and how they prepare their students for life after school, building from their own experience and understanding. Amber expressed her hopes that the programme coupled with the additional Government funding will harness the unique character and community spirit of Hastings so that generations to come can develop their skills, discover their talents and fulfil their ambitions.
Other speakers at the launch event included Lucy Kellaway, co-founder of Now Teach, and Lorraine Clarke and Yvonne Powell OBE, local Executive Principals.
“One of my key priorities as the MP for Hastings and Rye is ensuring that we give our children the best possible start in life. I am delighted that Now Teach is bringing this fantastic scheme to our community and to see so much local enthusiasm for the project is wonderful.
Now Teach is a hugely valuable programme: having teachers with transferable skills from other sectors will be beneficial to our local children, inspiring them to achieve their aspirations and to go as far as their talents will take them.
It was wonderful to meet with and hear such inspirational people speak today. I will continue to work with local education stakeholders to ensure that we provide the brightest possible future for our young people.”
Amber is pictured meeting Lucy Kellaway, a trainee maths teacher and co-founder of Now Teach.