A TEACHER has called for more people to help shape the lives of the next generation by choosing a career in teaching.

Hannah Renshaw, a business studies teacher at The Hermitage Academy, Chester-Le-Street, was speaking ahead of a recruitment event at the Crowne Plaza, in Forth Street, Newcastle, from 10am to 2pm on Saturday.

She is set to tell visitors to the Train to Teach event about the huge impact that teaching can have and the rewards and opportunities the career offers.

The event, organised by the Get Into Teaching campaign from the Department for Education, is part of a series visiting cities and towns across the country this spring in support of a national recruitment drive.

Ms Renshaw said: “I’m proud to support the campaign and would urge more people in the North-East to consider a career in teaching.

“My favourite part of the job is being able to influence the students to love a subject that I am passionate about. Me and my colleagues have always said that we are so privileged to use our passion every single day, in a meaningful way.

Roger Pope, spokesperson for the Get Into Teaching campaign and a National Leader of Education, said: “The teaching profession is a great way to make your degree, skills and knowledge really count.

“Knowing every lesson shapes a life is a wonderful feeling – as a teacher you’re inspiring learning, helping children to stand on their own two feet and opening their eyes to what’s possible.

“You’ll start on a competitive salary too, have the opportunity to progress fast and can work anywhere you want to go, whether that is locally or further afield.

“There are no great schools without great teachers – that’s why we’re always looking for people with the passion and potential to teach. I would encourage anyone looking for a truly worthwhile career to come along to Train to Teach in Newcastle and find out where teaching could take you.”

At the event, experienced teacher training advisors will also be on hand to guide visitors through the training options and next steps. Representatives from schools and universities that provide teacher training will also be on hand with insights into how to make a strong application.

Information will also be available about the financial support available – you could receive a £26,000 tax-free bursary to train as a teacher.

Applications for teacher training starting this September are now open.

To find out more about what life as a teacher is like, and to register for an event, visit: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk or call the Get Into Teaching Line on 0800 389 2500.