What is Tomorrow's Teachers?
By 2024, we are anticipating a shortage of almost 50,000 teachers in English secondary schools*.
As home to the largest online community of teachers, and through our close work with schools to fill vacancies, we at Tes are acutely aware of this problem and its potential repercussions on the education of future generations.
That’s why we’re launching Tomorrow’s Teachers - a programme to help address this impending crisis – but we need your help to spread the word.
In January 2019, the Department for Education launched its new strategy for recruiting and retaining school teachers. The aim of the strategy was to try to make it easier for great people to join the profession by providing more opportunities for people to discover teaching.
How you can help
If you’re an education stakeholder, private sector business or charity interested in supporting students into a fulfilling career in teaching, please join us.
You can help us in many different ways – from fully sponsoring or supporting a student throughout their university education or teacher training, to sponsoring or partnering with the Tomorrow’s Teachers programme itself, or even just promoting the programme through your own activities or website.
It’s a hugely positive programme aimed at improving UK education and we’d appreciate any extra support you can provide.
Our programme aims to complement this effort by:
Establishing a national centralised programme to promote a collaborative work, in which everyone can benefit from each other
Instilling a new behaviour among schools towards “growing their own teachers”
Increasing the numbers of those entering the teaching profession
At the Tes School Awards held in June, New Teacher of the Year was awarded to Abed Ahmed, a teacher at Washwood Heath Academy in Birmingham, well known as @stammer_teacher on Twitter.
"Personally, I wanted to always work at the school I attended as a pupil so I could give back to my old teachers and my local community. I felt I had an advantage also going back as it would help me to relate to the pupils better. I acted as a real role model for those pupils. They knew I was the same as them, this was the most important thing"
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) said:
“Students are inspired by teachers every day, but they often don’t consider a career in teaching. I hope that Tomorrow’s Teachers encourages more teachers to talk up their own vocation to the next generation of teaching talent. It provides all the tools that teachers need to explore the rewarding world of teaching with an enthusiastic group of students – something that will hopefully create many more teachers in years to come, which the UK badly needs.”
Cabot Learning Federation
Chartered College of Teaching
Professor Dame Alison Peacock, Chief Executive of the Chartered College of Teaching said:
"We are working to celebrate our teachers and raise the status of the profession and this programme is a great way to show young people how important a teacher’s job is to the future of society. Tomorrow’s Teachers will help to inspire pupils to pursue a career in teaching and will help in creating a new cohort of engaged and passionate teachers in years to come.”
"NAHT General Secretary Paul Whiteman said:
“Schools are struggling to recruit teachers quickly enough, so Tomorrow’s Teachers is one way that they can develop teaching talent from the pupils in their own classrooms right now. Teachers do so much to prepare young people for the world of work, but often don’t promote their own profession. This programme is a great idea, as it supports teachers to inspire students to follow in their footsteps.”"