Teach in Northamptonshire
Sam Wilson, January 30, 2017
If you’re an exceptional teacher or leader looking for your next step, there’s a career for you in Northamptonshire.
Northamptonshire is passionate about improving educational performance and knows the only way to do that is to attract and invest in the very best professionals. We’re committed to providing the necessary support and development to grow and nurture talent.
“We’re very proud of our strong school network,” says Charlie Furniss, the Northamptonshire Teaching School Partnership Lead. “In addition to our Train to Teach programme and formal training and continuing professional development opportunities, there’s a very developed school to school support system here for more informal placements and skill sharing.”
As one of the fastest growing areas of the country, with more than 30 new schools projected to be required in the coming years, the career and development opportunities Northamptonshire is offering are competitive.
“I think it’s an exciting place to train, because there is a career for you in Northamptonshire. There are jobs and there is progression, and there’s a wide variety of schools.” says Nikki Lamond, Headteacher at Corby Primary Academy.
Offering an excellent quality of life, Northamptonshire also boasts a high level of employment and affordable housing all within one hour of London, Birmingham, Oxford, and Cambridge.
Whether you’re dreaming of a thatched cottage and working at a village school, or a modern factory conversion and making a difference in a large urban secondary, you’ll find an opportunity that’s right for you here. Getting on the property ladder is also a realistic dream with small houses and flats listed as low as £150k and larger family properties are sold for as low as £300k.
There’s plenty to see and do here too: The county is lucky to be home to more historic country homes than any other, as well as major sporting venues for rugby, football, cricket, motorsport, and horse racing as well as a rich cultural offer including top theatres, art cinemas, galleries and museums.
“I have lots of friends who are teaching in London, and it’s interesting to compare our quality of life,” says Simon Young, a maths teacher in Wellingborough. “The impression I get from them is that it’s all very stressful. Here, we have a more relaxed way of life. At the end of the month, I can afford to spend my income on enriching experiences rather than just covering bills.”
Hannah Davis, a teacher of English who relocated from London two years ago, adds, “I feel I’ve been incredibly supported here. Especially as an NQT it’s all a bit new and overwhelming but having the right support is the most important thing. If you are a good teacher, if you are enthusiastic and you’re keen, don’t be frightened to take that jump and apply. Now that I’m here, I really couldn’t see myself anywhere else.”