Wolverhampton has officially welcomed more than 120 newly qualified teachers who are joining primary, secondary and special schools across the city this term.
They were invited to a special event in Wednesfield yesterday (Tuesday 15 September, 2014) organised by the City of Wolverhampton Council's Schools Standards Team where they had the chance to meet other members of the "class of 2015" and find out more about what being a new teacher entails.
They also heard about the good work taking place to raise educational standards in Wolverhampton, which has seen the number of good or outstanding-rated Ofsted schools jump to 76% in 2015 from just 56% two years ago, and improved results achieved by pupils.
The event also saw awards presented to the winners of a competition to identify 2014’s Newly Qualified Teachers of the year, who showed remarkable dedication, skill and drive as they settled into their new careers.
Mayor of Wolverhampton Councillor Ian Brookfield presented certificates to primary school award winner Peter Harvey of Graiseley Primary School, secondary school award winner Toni Ireson of Coppice Performing Arts School in Wednesfield and Heather Proudler and Stephanie Wignall, of Green Park School in Bilston, who won the award for the special school and Pupil Referral Unit category.
To celebrate the quartet’s achievements, Wolverhampton Wanderers FC have provided them with executive box seats for the Sky Bet Championship match with Huddersfield Town on Saturday 3 October.
Councillor Claire Darke, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education, said: "We are delighted to welcome this new group of teachers to Wolverhampton. They bring with them fresh drive, ambition and creativity and I'd like to wish all our new arrivals a long, happy and very successful career."
Alexandra Chilcott, the council's Head of School Standards, added: "We have great ambitions for the year ahead, as we look to help even more of our schools to achieve good and outstanding ratings from Ofsted. Our newly qualified teachers have a very important role to play in this, and I am sure they will enjoy their time here in Wolverhampton."
At this week's event, teachers were also able to build links with organisations which will be working with the teachers and their pupils during their careers, including WAVE, the arts and museums service of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton Music Service, activity centres and other professional bodies.
NQT AWARD WINNERS: 2014’s Newly Qualified Teachers of the year Stephanie Wignall, Heather Proudler, Peter Harvey and Toni Ireson with, left, Jo Horlock, the council’s Newly Qualified Teacher and Assessment Advisor and, right, Alex Chilcott, Head of School Standards.
NQT 2015: Mayor of Wolverhampton Councillor Ian Brookfield celebrates the arrival of Wolverhampton’s newly qualified teachers.