African ad­ven­ture awaits teen Tay­lor

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A 16-YEAR-OLD will em­bark on the jour­ney of a life­time next year when he takes part in a four-week African ad­ven­ture.

Tay­lor Rear­don, a stu­dent at the Chal­fonts Com­mu­nity Col­lege, Chal­font St Peter, has signed up to a pro­gramme through World Chal­lenge, in which he will un­der­take a month long ex­pe­di­tion.

The trip in­volves jour­neys through Botswana and Zam­bia where he will work on com­mu­nity projects along­side lo­cal peo­ple, help­ing to ren­o­vate a school build­ing class­rooms to re­place the open air school­ing they cur­rently use, and teach­ing lo­cal chil­dren.

To fund the trip, and as part of the two year pro­gramme, he has to raise £4,287 through fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

He said: “It’s go­ing to be tough. I’m really ex­cited but ner­vous at the same time, be­cause it’s just such a lot of money. I’m wor­ried about fundrais­ing but I’m so ex­cited for the ex­hi­bi­tion, es­pe­cially be­cause I’ve only ever been to Spain. It will be so nice to see the world in dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive.”

Not want­ing to leave it all to the last minute, he has al­ready raised £750, been in con­tact with com­pa­nies such as Tescos, Toys R Us and Nan­dos, and has a disco booked in Fe­bru­ary.

Teacher at the school Cor­rie Fen­ner said: “Tay­lor is anx­ious about rais­ing the vast amount of money that is re­quired to go to Zam­bia but he is like an ex­citable puppy when it comes to iden­ti­fy­ing fundrais­ing ideas. He has come up with some great ideas and we hope he fol­lows them through to the end.”

Zahir Mo­hammed, Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for ed­u­ca­tion and skills said: “Vol­un­teer­ing and in­tern­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties such as th­ese can en­gage young peo­ple at all lev­els of achieve­ment. It not only of­fers them the

a op­por­tu­nity to gain prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ences and ac­quire skills re­lated to spe­cific types of em­ploy­ment but also the chance to test out dif­fer­ent ca­reer op­tions.

“In some cases, vol­un­teer­ing has di­rectly helped young peo­ple to get in­ter­views and jobs while many oth­ers be­lieve vol­un­teer­ing has helped them to de­velop more gen­eral skills for be­ing an ef­fec­tive em­ployee.”

It is set to cap­i­talise on new fig­ures re­leased on Mon­day Jan­uary 4 by the Na­tional Col­lege for Teach­ing and Lead­er­ship (NCTL) which sug­gested that ca­reer change trends are high­est this month.

Last year, Jan­uary saw over 54% of all reg­is­tra­tions logged with NCTL com­ing from those look­ing to change ca­reer to teach­ing, and reg­is­tra­tions from peo­ple in the South East who were con­sid­er­ing chang­ing ca­reer into teach­ing hit 6,840, 50% of the to­tal reg­is­tra­tions of in­ter­est for the year and the high­est num­ber in three years.

Na­tional fig­ures echo this. Hits to NCTL’s ‘ Get into Teach­ing’ web­site reached about half a mil­lion in Jan­uary 2015 – the sec­ond high­est monthly vol­ume of traf­fic of the whole year.

Sa­muel Reese, 29, maths teacher at The Mis­bourne School in Great Mis­senden, said: “This time two years ago, I was work­ing in Lon­don and pre­vi­ously hadn’t thought about teach­ing, but I learnt that I en­joyed ex­plain­ing things and this was some­thing I wanted to de­velop. I was grate­ful that I could tran­si­tion really quickly into teach­ing.”

A Train to Teach road­show is com­ing to the QEII Cen­tre in Lon­don on Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 6.

NCTL is also host­ing six on­line events this month:

Mon­day Jan­uary 11, 6.30-8pm: Routes into teach­ing and sub­ject knowl­edge en­hance­ment

Wed­nes­day Jan­uary 13, 6.30-8pm: Fund­ing your teacher train­ing

Mon­day Jan­uary 18, 6.30-8pm: Man­ag­ing a ca­reer change into teach­ing: shared ex­pe­ri­ences

Wed­nes­day Jan­uary 20, 6.30-8pm: Gain­ing school ex­pe­ri­ence as a ca­reer changer

Mon­day 6.30-8pm: skills tests

Wed­nes­day Jan­uary 27, 6.30-8pm: Sup­port with your ap­pli­ca­tion

Ge­off Coul­son, NCTL teach­ing and lead­er­ship ad­vi­sor (TLA) for teach­ers in Buck­ing­hamshire said: “The start of the New Year is a nat­u­ral time for peo­ple to think about whether a change could make them hap­pier or more ful­filled.

“One way of shak­ing off the Jan­uary blues is to start a new re­ward­ing ca­reer this year by tak­ing your skills and ex­pe­ri­ence into the class­room.

“Some of our best teach­ers en­tered the pro­fes­sion af­ter pur­su­ing ca­reers in other fields, bring­ing a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence to help in­spire the next gen­er­a­tion.”

Ap­pli­ca­tions for teacher train­ing in 2016 are now open. Visit www. e d u c a t i o n . g o v. u k / get­intoteach­ing or call the Teach­ing Line on 0800 389 2500.

To find out more about the live, in­ter­ac­tive events, and to sign up, go to: http://www.ed­u­ca­tion.­ing/ events/on­line-events

To find out more about the Train to Teach road­show, and to reg­is­ter, go to: http://train­toteach. ed­u­ca­ Jan­uary 25, Pro­fes­sional

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