Between 2017 and 2021, over 850 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.”
Now Teach is proud to increase the diversity of the teaching population. Compared to the national trainee teacher workforce, our cohort are:
“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.
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.