Building on from the events in 2017 and 2018, Civil Service Local North West successfully delivered the ‘Changing Horizons’ event in Blackpool on 7 February 2019 at the Winter Gardens to school years 5,6 and 7 pupils.
A fast paced event, it was designed to raise the aspirations of young people in areas of low social mobility, allowing them to discuss and practice the skills required for life and work. You can view a video of last year’s Blackpool highlights here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zuRlRsxkgo&feature=youtu.be
Department for Education colleagues designed and hosted an activity table to show pupils how the skills they have translate to the world of work – focusing on the Department’s current strategy to recruit, develop and retain the next generation of inspirational teachers.
The strategy sets out the Department’s plans to champion the profession and will build on the 30,000 classroom teachers the government aims to recruit each year, support the 450,000 teachers already working in schools in England and commit £130 million a year to boost development for new teachers.
Pupils were asked to think about the teacher who has had the most impact on them, and to think about the skills that teacher demonstrated. The pupils gave some fantastic responses on what makes a great teacher, including – ‘challenge you to be better!’
Lots of the children said they’d like to be teachers in future, which was great to hear!