GRADUATE TEACHERS ARE INDUCTED INTO THE PROFESSION AT THE BELB
The BELB has, to date, welcomed 146 Beginning Teachers to the teaching profession in 2012-13 and it has been a great pleasure for the Board’s Induction and EPD officers, Gillian Stewart and Katherine Jelly, to meet the majority of the new recruits at the annual Induction Conferences in September 2012 and January 2013.
In his welcoming address at the Induction Conferences, Mr Paul Lawther, Assistant Senior Education Officer, impressed on the Beginning Teachers that they “have a fantastic opportunity and privileged responsibility to change the lives of the young people they teach.” He added “ours is a job where no two days are ever the same and although it may take a year or two to get established in a teaching post, keep going, it will eventually work out for you. Above all else, have fun and don’t lose your sense of humour!”
Post Primary BTs also gained from the valuable tips and words of wisdom passed on to them at their conference by Katie Armstrong, who completed her Induction in Royal Belfast Educational Institution and is now also engaged in her EPD 1 year there. Katie shared her action plans and left the teachers inspired.
There is not doubt that the Induction teachers have entered the profession at a challenging time when only 5% of last year’s graduate teachers have, to date, secured permanent jobs. However, the Induction and EPD team looks forward to continuing to cement relationships with the BTs through further in-service training courses and through tailored school support visits in order to deliver on the ETI recommendation to “support and enable schools to take on responsibility for BTs who are on short-term contracts in a range of schools, to enable them to complete Induction within a year.” (Evaluation of the Induction Programme for Beginning Teachers, ETI, Nov 2011).