Now Teach secures Department for Education funding to accelerate recruitment of experienced professionals into teaching

22nd November 2018
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Now Teach, which specialises in recruiting experienced professionals into teaching, has secured £3m of funding from the Department of Education (DfE). This will enable Now Teach to expand its recruitment efforts, helping to address the shortfall in teacher recruitment in vital subjects.

The funding will be used to attract more people looking to change careers into teaching. Now Teach will expand its programme – currently underway in London, Hastings, East Anglia and the West Midlands – and recruit at least 200 new teachers. Now Teach has a track record of success in recruiting industry experts in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to teaching, supporting subjects where schools find it hardest to recruit specialist staff.

Commenting on the funding, Now Teach’s co-founder Katie Waldegrave said:

‘In our first two years we have recruited more than 120 highly experienced people – from very different walks of life – into the classrooms where they are needed. This funding not only means we can expand our programme and engage the 400,000 professionals in the UK considering a change to teaching. It also means we can enhance the support we give Now Teachers to ensure they stay in the profession long term. Our current retention rate of 89% bucks the trend for older teachers and it’s critical we keep these highly talented and experienced teachers in education.’

Now Teach’s head of policy and strategy, John Blake, added:

‘People at the later stages or end of one career can use their experience of other industries and professions to improve schools and education as whole. Our hope is that, as it becomes more normal for people to move between sectors, through schemes such as Now Teach, cross-sector sharing of ideas about leadership and management, flexible working and professional development will benefit all – most of all the children that we serve.’

Former FT journalist and co-founder Lucy Kellaway said:

‘This funding is vitally important as we continue to develop Now Teach. It’s extremely welcome and we hope it marks a growing appetite, across government, to invest in the more seasoned members of our workforce and recognise the skills they can bring to a range of professions.’


About Now Teach

Now Teach brings experienced professionals into teaching.

Lives and careers are lasting longer.  Now Teach is the only organisation that helps people change profession and redeploy their talent and experience in the classroom.  It supports them through their careers to ensure they stay in education. Now Teach’s aim is to address the crisis of recruitment and retention in the teaching profession, to ensure the students who need it most get the best education possible.

In doing so, Now Teach aims to draw on the experience its teachers have from successful careers in industry and the public sector to inform the future direction of our education system and the teaching profession.

For further information please contact:

Barney O’Kelly