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Kaye Patrick is OAT's lead practitioner for Early Career Teaching (ECT)

Teacher taster days: giving aspiring teachers a chance to try their hand at teaching

By Kaye Patrick

  26 November, 2022

Why not “try” before you teach, and become an OAT teacher for the day? If you’d like to get a “taste” of what it is to be a teacher, please contact Kaye Patrick.

To support in recruiting trainees for our academies across the Birmingham and Black Country we have created a unique opportunity for aspiring teachers to try their hand at teaching for the day.

In offering this unique experience, we aim to showcase to those in the local area what it is really like to be a teacher, including dispelling any myths about the profession. These taster days will be an opportunity for us to demonstrate to individuals considering a career in teaching, that providing young people with the skills and knowledge they need to be able to thrive can be incredibly rewarding.

Across our academies, we have seen so many of our inspiring teachers and trainees who have really demonstrated what it means to rise to the challenge of changing the lives of pupils from all backgrounds. With this opportunity, we look forward to welcoming those who aspire to follow in their footsteps.

The teacher taster days will be held at Ormiston NEW Academy and Ormiston Forge Academy, where the individual experiences will be tailored to different subjects, including maths, English, science, the arts and humanities. The taster days will offer an immersive experience where those interested in finding out more about working in education will be able to see what it takes to teach at one of our academies.

In order to ensure the experience provides attendees with a true taste of how fulfilling a career in teaching can be, they will also be given the opportunity to teach pupils in a one-to-one session. During the sessions, each person will be fully supported by a member of staff to help them deliver these lessons.

Furthermore, as part of the experience the aspiring teachers will also be given the opportunity to:

  • Observe the lessons of the subject they are interested in.
  • Hear from a range of teachers at different levels about their career paths and experiences in teaching.
  • Meet and speak with those in the midst of their training to find out about their journeys so far.
  • Ask any questions they have about the profession.

Being able to hear from those who are inspiring pupils to learn as well as instilling them with high aspirations is a great way to truly get a feel for how rewarding a career in teaching can be. In particular, we wanted to demonstrate what it is like to work in an OAT academy, where the ethos of transforming the lives of all pupils through the delivery of exceptional educational provision and bespoke learning opportunities is embedded into everything we do.

Working in an OAT academy provides teachers, from Early Career Teachers (ECTs) to senior leadership with the opportunity to make a real difference where it is needed most, supporting pupils, regardless of background, to reach their full potential. We are looking forward to welcoming individuals who share our values of making a real impact on disadvantaged pupils and communities to see this work first-hand.

We are running these taster days in collaboration with Birmingham and Black County Hub (BBC), part of The OAKS (Ormiston and Keele SCITT), which is an Ofsted outstanding provider of initial teacher training (ITT), working with hubs spread geographically across the UK, including in the Midlands.

The OAKS works closely with a range of OAT academies to provide high-quality teacher training that enables new teachers to hit the ground running as they embark on their new careers.

The dates of these teacher taster days will be spread across January to May 2023.

There are also virtual open events being held. To hear all about what is to be a teacher and ask questions.

Anyone who is interested in the taster days or open event can find out more by contacting me at: kaye.patrick@ormistonacademies.co.uk

In addition to Ormiston Forge Academy and Ormiston NEW Academy, there are a number of OAT academies that work with The OAKS Birmingham and Black Country Hub which provide fulfilling and rewarding career paths for teachers across the region. This includes George Salter Academy, Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy, Ormiston Shelfield Community Academy, Ormiston SWB Academy, Tenbury High Ormiston Academy and Wodensborough Ormiston Academy.

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About the author…

Kaye Patrick is OAT's lead practitioner for Early Career Teaching (ECT)