Our Impact

Now Teach impact focuses on two core areas:

Firstly, in the face of the national teacher shortage, bringing new experienced talent into the classroom and helping them thrive. Secondly, supporting older people to have greater purpose and bring their skills, knowledge and experience to add value to schools and young people.

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Addressing the teacher shortage

Between 2017 and 2021, over 500 experienced professionals joined our movement of career changers into teaching.

We have supported them to make this decision. 84% of attendees at Now Teach Recruitment Events (in the 20/21 academic year) agreed that Now Teach has made it more likely that they would change careers and apply for teacher training.

“They made it seem that it was possible to make this kind of career change. They triggered the idea. Without Now Teach I would never have considered it an option.”

We have supported over 500 career changers into teaching since 2017

Bringing greater diversity to the classroom

Now Teach is proud to increase the diversity of the teaching population. Compared to the national trainee teacher workforce, our cohort are: 

  • more likely to teach STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects 
  • more likely to be BAME (Black and Minority Ethnic)
  • more likely to be male
  • have an average age of 47, compared to 27

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Supporting and keeping talent in schools

“I see myself as long-life teacher – I will definitely remain in education. We affect people’s lives forever. I do want to be there and have a long-lasting impact on people’s lives.”

Now Teach have a higher retention rate at 2 years after qualifying than the national average, with 66% of Now Teachers (aged 40-65) remaining in teaching compared to 39% nationally.


Adding value to classrooms

Now Teachers are confident bringing their experiences into lessons to contextualise learning, with 94% saying their previous career and life experience has given them the skills to be a teacher. 

Partner schools and training providers were clear that Now Teachers bring a wealth of experience into the classroom, which helps them to engage with pupils and enhance lessons.  

“[Now Teachers] are able to contextualise academic knowledge into the classroom for younger age groups, which is important and motivates pupils as they are more interested in the subject matter.”  

Survey data from training providers and partner schools supported these comments on the value of real-life experience in lessons: 79% agreed that previously acquired experiences are useful for Now Teachers’ role as a teacher.

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