Jonathan Reynolds MP

Representing the communities of Stalybridge, Hyde, Mossley, Longdendale, and Dukinfield
labour and coop candidate jonathan reynolds

Back to the Classroom to Learn About Teach First

MP Jonathan Reynolds went back to school today to find out about the work of Teach First.

Teach First is an independent charity that aims to raise the aspirations and attainment of pupils, by recruiting talented graduates to work in schools facing challemnging circumstances.

And since its launch in 2002 it has placed more than 2520 teachers in schools across the country.

Today Mr Reynolds agreed to be a ‘special guest' in a lesson taught by Teach First teacher Emma Hollis, at Astley Sports College, in Stalybridge, as part of the charity's Teach First Week.

During the lesson Mr Reynolds answered a wide range of questions from the pupils as part of their English lesson.

And he seized the chance to talk to Emma about her experience of Teach First; a scheme which began in London but which now operates in six regions across the country - including the North West.

Following the Teach First lesson Mr Reynolds said: "Teach First is a really valuable scheme that aims to attract talented graduates into teaching.

"Many of those who take part in Teach First would not otherwise have considered a career in the classroom. But many find it so rewarding that they choose to continue.

"Schools are at the heart of our communities. And they play a vital role in ensuring our children and young people reach their full potential.

"Attracting graduates who can inspire our children to develop the skills they need is really important. And Teach First has already proved really successful."

Teach First is an independent charity that is working to raise the attainment, aspiration and access to opportunity of pupils attending schools facing challenging circumstances.

In the short term it does this by recruiting high calibre, motivated graduates and places them in schools, while supporting them to become effective, inspirational teachers. In the longer term Teach First is creating a movement of leaders who are committed to influencing systemic change in education, from both inside and outside the classroom.

During Teach First Week more than 30 politicians, business leaders and celebrities took their place centre stage at the front of the classroom. 

With a brief to take on the challenge of inspiring a classroom of pupils, they experienced first-hand the thrills and challenges of teaching.

Jonathan's visit to Astley Sports College was the fourth time he had been in a classroom in a week.

Last Friday (March 4, 2011) Mr Reynolds visited West Hill School and Ashton Sixth Form College, where he met with teachers and students.

And before visiting Astley today he dropped in to meet with youngsters at Longdendale Community Language College, where he is also a governor.

He said: "I think as many young people as possible should get the chance to meet their MP.

"It's important that young people get to have their say on the issues that matter to them. And I regularly find that their opinions well informed and strongly put.

"It's also important that young people know that they can access the democratic process.

"I know that to some people Parliament can seem quite remote - and I hope that meeting their MP while at school or college will encourage young people to play a more active part in the political system when they are older."

Published on March 14, 2011


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