New Year sees spike in interest in becoming a teacher

January busiest month for interest in becoming a teacher, according to National College for Teaching and Leadership.


With the start of a new year, it is natural that people’s minds turn to the future. 


And according to the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), January is the month when people are most likely to consider becoming a teacher. 


Data from the Get into Teaching campaign released today shows that January was the busiest month in the 2015-16 academic year, with just over 21,000 registrations of interest in teaching - including roughly 14,000 from people currently working in other fields.


More than 6,200 people aged 30 or over started initial teacher training in 2016-17 - the highest number of trainees aged 30 or over since 2012-13.


The NCTL also said its Get into Teaching website experienced the sharpest rise in traffic during the New Year period, with 400,000 unique web users visiting the site in January 2016 - higher than any month of the year. 


Roger Pope, NCTL chair, said: “Naturally New Year marks a time of reflection and ambition setting, especially when it comes to jobs and careers. 


“If people are not feeling fulfilled in their current role, they may wish to shake off the January blues by considering teaching and taking their skills and experience into the classroom.”


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