Charlotte Sankey

FROM PR TO NOW TEACH TRAINEE:
“I’m extremely motivated to do what I can to support young people at a crucial part in their lives.”

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Jo Fookes

FROM SOLICITOR TO NOW TEACH TRAINEE:
“The huge buzz that I got from working with children, helping them learn and hearing about their ideas and lives, was completely unmatched by anything I had experienced in my working life up to that point – or have experienced since.”

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Wayne Smith

FROM IT OPERATIONS TO NOW TEACH TRAINEE:
“I still remember Mr Paterson, my Biology teacher, and one measure of longer term success will be if one of my students remembers me.”

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Vincent Neate

FROM ACCOUNTANCY TO NOW TEACH TRAINEE:
“It is the most exciting possible experiment in living.”

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Paul Trynka

FROM MUSIC JOURNALISM TO NOW TEACH TRAINEE:
“If you like moving outside your comfort zone, could you think of a more fulfilling challenge?”

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John Richardson

FROM CIVIL ENGINEERING TO NOW TEACH TRAINEE:
“Don’t be afraid of change or the challenge. Everyone I have met is supportive, wants you to succeed.”

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Catherine Sampson

FROM JOURNALISM TO NOW TEACH TRAINEE:
“There are adult writers who would kill for one or two of the comic voices I found in seven- and eight-year old children.”

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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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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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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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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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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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