African adventure awaits teen Taylor
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. gov.uk/get-into-teaching/ events/online-events
To find out more about the Train to Teach roadshow, and to register, go to: http://traintoteach. education.gov.uk/ January 25, Professional