Taster course announced to promote teaching to members of Black & Minority Ethnic communities
A taster course is being run to encourage people from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds to consider a career in teaching
A TASTER course is being run by Suffolk County Council in March to encourage more people from Black and Minority Ethnic communities to become a role model for young people and teach in one of the county’s secondary schools.
Currently in Suffolk, only 1% of teachers in maintained schools are from black and minority ethnic communities.
The course which is being run over three days in March, will give people the opportunity to experience the role of a teacher, the importance of social inclusion and multi-cultural education, how their previous professional experience can contribute to their work as a teacher, and help them decide if teaching is the career for them.
Councillor Graham Newman, Portfolio Holder for Children, Schools and Young People’s services, said:
“With members of black and minority ethnic groups significantly under represented within the teaching profession in Suffolk, courses such as this are essential. We must do more to support children and young people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds to achieve outcomes that will help them compete in an ever increasingly tough jobs market.
“Encouraging strong role models from similar backgrounds to take up a career in teaching can only help to improve outcomes for these young people. I would encourage anyone from a black and minority ethnic background looking to become a teacher to book onto this course.”
Teacher Sanjiv Chadha, who completed the course several years ago, said:
“The taster sessions really helped to cement my decision to become a teacher. I hadn’t been in a school since being a pupil myself and it was great to see the workings of a modern secondary school from the inside. The experience was exciting and a little scary but ultimately helped me to realise that teaching was what I wanted to do.”
Sanjiv will be running the taster course in March along with other teachers who have been through a similar process.
Anyone wishing to book a place on the course will need to have GCSEs in English and maths and should have a first degree or will complete their degree within the next 12 months.
The course will take place at St Albans High School, Ipswich on 26 and 28 March, with a day’s placement in a Suffolk high school on Tuesday 27 March.
For further details and an application form email; firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01473 583517. Information about the course is also available online at http://www.suffolk.gov.uk/teach
The closing date for applications for the course is Saturday 10 March 2012.