Do you have a degree in computer technology and enthusiasm for technology? Do you fancy a career change in the new year? The Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) has launched a national campaign to recruit ICT teachers.
It has put together some online films starring ICT teacher Daniel Needlestone to help people choose the right computer for Christmas, and get it working on Boxing Day.
The films are also designed to show how ICT teaching relates to the real world as part of the TDA’s recruitment drive to get more ICT teachers. The TDA says that, while applications to the subject have increased this year, it needs more eligible people to apply and hope the films will show in a fun way how important imparting ICT knowledge is for schools.
Daniel said: "Making these films shows what ICT teaching is all about – bringing technology to life. Being an ICT teacher gives you the opportunity to work with young people on something both you and they love doing. They are naturally interested in technology because it’s a major part of what they get up in their spare time. We try to get them just as excited about using ICT in an educational and professional way."
Graham Holley, Chief Executive of the TDA, said: "ICT is a hugely important subject that touches all areas of education, life and work. We want to make sure that the best possible people are coming into teacher training to share their passion for this subject with young people across the country. We know that more and more people are considering teaching, and we’d urge anyone with the right degree and enthusiasm for technology to take up the challenge."
The campaign is backed by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT. Bill Mitchell, Director, BCS Academy of Computing, said: "It is absolutely essential that we attract the right people to teach ICT. The skills that pupils learn in ICT lessons equip them for life – giving them a real head start towards both higher education and their professional lives, which is great for them and the UK. These videos show how innovative teachers like Daniel inspire enthusiasm for the subject."