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29th Jun, 2022

Former Warwickshire teachers called on to fill in as Covid hits schools

FORMER teachers are being encouraged to return to the classroom to ensure a brighter future for Warwickshire children.

Residents in the county who have previously worked as teachers are being encouraged to return to the profession to support children’s educational recovery from the pandemic.

Warwickshire County Council (WCC) is backing a Department for Education (DfE) initiative to encourage their return to help ensure children and young people do not lose any more face-to-face education.

Thousands of former teachers are welcomed back to the profession every year but, this year, even more are needed.

People who might consider a return to teaching are retired teachers or OFSTED inspectors, teachers taking a career break, Early Career Framework (ECF) teachers who may not yet have secured a position in schools and those who have been teaching overseas but have returned to the UK.

In Warwickshire, qualified teachers who are interested in returning are strongly encouraged to register with their local schools. This means they will be called on in the event of staff absences through covid.

WCC education spokesman Jeff Morgan said: “We all have lost so much, in one way or another, as a result of the Covid pandemic and national lockdowns. That loss has been acutely felt by the county’s children and young people who have repeatedly lost their access to face-to-face education as a result of these lockdowns.

“This campaign, encouraging our former teachers to answer the call of the profession and return to the classrooms, is essential if we are to ensure that our children and young people do not lose out further. They need routine and consistency and we want to support our schools to be able to deliver that for them.”

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