Excerpts from: The Sunday Times, Meet the Un-Retired
You can’t teach an old dog new tricks but you can create a new teacher out of an old-timer.
The recently-retired are firmly in the sights of Now Teach, a charity that aims to tackle the teacher recruitment crisis by persuading middle-aged professionals to switch careers.
Ministers want to lure early retirees back to work in light of a House of Lords report last year that stated the practice was the biggest contributor to economic inactivity in the UK.
A return from the golf course to the classroom is the latest strategy of Now Teach, which offers a recruitment and support programme for experienced professionals to retrain as teachers. The average age of its teachers is 49, with such employees boasting 25 years of previous experience in the workplace.
Many of its first “unretired” recruits are training in subjects that are experiencing shortages, particularly the sciences and modern languages.
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