David Butler

FROM RISK MANAGEMENT TO NOW TEACH TRAINEE:
“I went into teaching to give something back.”

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Emma Barker

FROM JOURNALIST TO NOW TEACH TRAINEE:
“I want to show my pupils that there’s a place in school, and the world, for everyone.”

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Laura Tuggey

FROM RESEARCH AND POLICY TO NOW TEACH TRAINEE:
“I really like the students and it’s nice to see that relationship building.

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Mark Jobling

FROM BANKING TO NOW TEACH TRAINEE:
“It’s good for your soul – and sanity – to do something new.”

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Peter Watson

FROM INVESTMENT BANKER TO NOW TEACH TRAINEE:
“Teaching’s not “long holidays and short working days” – it’s long working days and short holidays where you can catch up on some sleep!”

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Zed Holmes

FROM SENIOR BANKER TO NOW TEACH TRAINEE:
“Every day is different – education is an amazing sector to work in.”

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Simon Carnegie

FROM INVESTMENT BANKER TO NOW TEACH TRAINEE:
“You are connected with other experienced professionals who have also decided to make the transition in to teaching, giving you a ready-made peer support network.”

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Khasruz Zaman

FROM CORPORATE LAWYER TO NOW TEACH TRAINEE:
“I realised that beyond the day-to-day teaching I could also help them with careers advice.”

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Jane Leighton

FROM LOCAL AUTHORITIES TO NOW TEACH TRAINEE:
“One of the best things about Now Teach is the proof you don’t need to be written off at fifty.”

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Justin Abel

FROM FINANCIAL SERVICES TO NOW TEACH TRAINEE:
“Don’t be discouraged if you’ve had an awful week. You have to hang on in there and wait until it improves – it takes time.”

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Stephen King

FROM FINANCE TO NOW TEACH TRAINEE:
“The level of training from Ark and support from Now Teach is fantastic. As a trainee teacher you receive an overwhelming amount of feedback, on every aspect of your day. It’s terrific and the most useful feedback I’ve ever had in my professional life.”

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Alka Bali

FROM INVESTMENT BANKER TO NOW TEACH TRAINEE:
“It’s too early to say if I’m making a difference to my students’ education but I know there’s a real shortage of maths teachers so it’s great to be helping to fill that gap. I think getting a kid to really love maths or to pass their GCSE or to become a little bit more confident in maths will be fulfilling.”

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Alastair Wanklyn

FROM JOURNALIST TO NOW TEACH TRAINEE:
“Everyone on the Now Teach programme has a lot of confidence because they have had a measure of professional success. You can’t always bring that into the classroom on a daily basis because you’re trying to master the subject you’re teaching but the school will benefit from your prior experience and the school will use it.”

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Lucy Moore

FROM DOCTOR TO NOW TEACH TRAINEE:
“I was given a lot of support and I felt there was a sort of matchmaking going on between Now Teach and Ark to make sure you were in the right school.”

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Christopher Forsyth

FROM CORPORATE LAWYER TO NOW TEACH TRAINEE:
“What you’ve ended up doing is not necessarily aligned with what you thought you’d be doing when you were 19 or 20.”

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Phong Dinh

FROM LAWYER TO NOW TEACH TRAINEE:
“Now Teach offers us career changers invaluable support – from coordinating social media groups connecting us to one another, to arranging periodic meet-ups on Thursday afternoons to hear some great speakers.”

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Anne-Marie Lawlor

FROM CIVIL SERVANT TO NOW TEACH TRAINEE:
“When I read about Now Teach, everything clicked into place for me. It demonstrated that someone somewhere wanted people like me as teachers, and it offered a structured way to train, and a cohort to belong to, which felt reassuring.”

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Lucy Kellaway

FROM FT COLUMNIST TO NOW TEACH TRAINEE:
“I can’t be the only 50 something person in the country to want a second career in this most noble of professions.”

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Julian Keeley

FROM TELECOMS EXECUTIVE TO NOW TEACH TRAINEE:
“My advice: make the most of it. Don’t aim for perfection.”

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