Newly qualified teachers welcomed to Bristol with special event

This week Bristol’s newly qualified teachers (NQTs) were invited to attend a special event to celebrate the start of their teaching careers.

Hosted by Bristol City Council, the event brought together new teachers from all education settings ranging from nursery and infant centres to primary and secondary schools, including academies and free schools.

Councillor Brenda Massey, Assistant Mayor for People with responsibility for education, said:

“This event is a way of officially welcoming the city’s new educators as they take their first steps into the world of teaching in Bristol. Training to become a teacher requires a lot of hard work and dedication and is a hugely rewarding career. As a Learning City, inspirational teachers are essential to our success and I’d like to wish all our NQTs the best of luck in their new roles.”

The event was designed to supply new teachers with everything they need to know about education in Bristol – including an overview of the different types of schools in the city and guidance on professional support and training available. There is a strong partnership approach to supporting NQTs across the city with Bristol Teaching Schools working with the Local Authority.

Paul Jacobs, Service Director for Education, said:

“We have a vision that every pupil in Bristol is able to access a good education – and teachers are the ones who will make this happen. The vast majority of schools are rated as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED and exam results have been on a steady upward trajectory so we need to keep this momentum going.

“We pride ourselves on the passionate, motivated workforce we have in Bristol and the NQTs we’re welcoming this week will help shape a new generation of young people. It’s a really exciting time to be a teacher in Bristol and I can’t wait to see what we can achieve in the next ten years.”

Last year over 300 new teachers took jobs in Bristol and a similar number are expected this year.