A COCKERMOUTH teacher is taking part in a national campaign to encourage people to consider teaching as a career.

The Get Into Teaching campaign from the Department for Education seeks to inspire and support talented people to train as teachers.

Jordan Gale, 26, deputy headteacher at Fairfield Primary School, has shared his experiences as part of the campaign.

A national survey of 2,000 students and recent graduates revealed that almost nine in 10 current university students and recent graduates surveyed in the North West want personal growth opportunities as much as career progression.

Seventy eight per cent credited their teachers for helping to equip them to achieve breakthrough moments in their life so far.

Mr Gale said: “Breakthrough moments, however small or large, are a part of school life for both teachers and students.

"Knowing that you can have such a positive impact on people’s lives that extends well beyond the classroom makes teaching a very special job role.

“For me there is no feeling like it when you see how your nurturing manner and creative lessons enrich children’s lives. Teaching is a vocation and there is no greater reward than witnessing a child’s confidence blossom through a love of learning.

"You see that you’ve made a difference and it’s milestone moments like that, which make teaching truly unique. I know that through my work, I am helping to shape the future and inspire the next generation, which motivates me each and every day.”

For more information about teaching, go to: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk