Wolverhampton has officially welcomed its latest cohort of newly qualified teachers who are joining primary, secondary and special schools across the City this Autumn.
Dozens of new teachers were invited to a special event at the GTG Training Centre in Wednesfield last week organised by the City of Wolverhampton Council's Schools Standards Team, where they had the chance to meet other members of the "class of 2017" and find out more about what being a new teacher entails.
They also had opportunity to meet Mayor of Wolverhampton Councillor Elias Mattu, Mayoress Asha Mattu and the City of Wolverhampton Council's Assistant Director of Education, Alex Jones.
The teachers heard about the support that is available to help them in their careers in Wolverhampton and the good work taking place to raise educational standards, which has seen improved results achieved by pupils and the number of Good or Outstanding schools jump to 89% from just 56% four years ago.
They also had the chance to take part in workshops focusing on how to create a positive climate for learning, the safe use of information and communication technology in schools and behaviour management strategies.
Three of last year's newly qualified teachers, Daniel Vaughan from St Stephens Church of England Primary School and Harpreet Hill and Hareem Begum of Hill Avenue Primary School, also returned to talk about their experiences and how this year's cohort can make the best use of their first year.
Mayor Councillor Mattu said: "We are delighted to welcome this new group of teachers to the City of Wolverhampton. They bring with them fresh drive, ambition and creativity and I'd like to wish all our new arrivals a long, happy and successful career."
Alex Jones, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Assistant Director for Education, said: "We have great ambitions for the year ahead, as we look to work with our schools for continual improvement. 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."