Wolverhampton has officially welcomed its latest cohort of newly qualified teachers who joined 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, where they had the chance to meet other members of the "class of 2019" and find out more about what being a new teacher entails.

They also had opportunity to meet members of the City of Wolverhampton Council's School Improvement Service and Cabinet Member for Education and Skills Councillor Dr Michael Hardacre.

The teachers heard about the support that is available to help them in their careers in Wolverhampton and the good work that is taking place to further raise educational standards, which has seen improved performance in schools. 

Latest data shows that over 12,000 more pupils in the city now attend Good or Outstanding rated schools than they did 5 years ago, with the proportion of Good and Outstanding schools jumping from 70% to 86% in the same period.

The newly qualified teachers also had the chance to participate in workshops focusing on a variety of ideas including how to create a positive climate for learning, behaviour management strategies and the safe use of information and communication technology.

Councillor Dr Hardacre said: "We have around 120 newly qualified teachers working in Wolverhampton’s schools this year and it is wonderful to see so many people choosing to teach in our city.  

“We have great ambitions for the years ahead as we look to continue working with our schools to drive forward further improvement. 

“Our newly qualified teachers have a very important role to play in this; they bring with them fresh drive, ambition and creativity and I'd like to wish all our new arrivals a long, happy and successful teaching career here in Wolverhampton."

To find out more about education in Wolverhampton, please visit Education and Schools.  

Anyone who is interested in training for a teaching career in Wolverhampton can find the latest information about the range of different routes into teaching on the dedicated Teach Wolverhampton website.