Forget The Apprentice, Dragon's Den and Question Time - new video footage as part of our Teach First campaign reveals the toughest audiences are in the classroom!
Throughout this month getwestlondon has teamed up with the Teach First - Challenge the Impossible campaign to highlight how teaching is not only a rewarding career, but also one filled with unforgettable moments working with the best colleagues - kids.
As part of a new recruitment drive the charity has released Kids' Question Time with pupils from Reach Academy Feltham, revealing how teachers are asked dozens of questions each hour - and not always ones they'd expect.
The inquisitive minds of young people means teachers have to be on top of their subjects to solve complex maths questions, explain where rain comes from, and to provide a view on what the world might look like without prime ministers or governments, these are some of the questions posed.
But that is not even the half of it as they must keep an eye on what page everyone should be on, where each pupil’s pencil case is, and make sure everyone knows what they’re doing.
And when you’re working with young people, questions can also take a turn into the unexpected.
The video shows the real variety of questions teachers get, and how often they have to think on their feet to provide an answer.
Just how would you answer “is magic real?”, “what’s the meaning of life?” or whether your pupils will ever make it to university?
The video shows how teachers need not just knowledge and problem solving skills, but also the ability to interact with humility and empathy.
The charity said while the video highlighted the best part of teaching, it also comes with a serious message attached.
Anna Townsend, Local Director for West London, Teach First, said: “All teachers across West London will tell you that the best part of their job is working with young people and their enquiring, creative and often quite bamboozling minds.
“When you work with young people no two days are ever the same. You’ll laugh, look at the world differently, and be so proud when you watch them succeed.
“While you’re left with a smile on your face, the reality behind this video is that not all young people get to meet their aspirations, purely because of where they were born.
"This is unfair and we need your help to change it. We need creative and dedicated people in schools across West London to make sure every child gets the education they deserve, no matter their background.”
Ed Vainker, who was in the first ever Teach First cohort in 2003 and is now Principal at Reach Academy Feltham where the video was filmed, added: "Reach Academy is an all-through school that opened in 2012 and has quickly built a great reputation.
"Our 6th Form opens in September, applications welcome, and we already have pupils in nursery, primary and secondary.
"We are delighted to support this campaign to get more people into teaching and are proud of our inquisitive Year 3 and Year 7 pupils!"
Persuaded that teaching could be your next challenge this year?
The Teach First Leadership Development Programme is a salaried, two-year programme that gives you real responsibility and the chance to make a difference to children's lives.
You will gain a fully-funded qualification and the key skills and personal qualities to make a real impact. Find out more at https://www.teachfirst.org.uk/challenge-impossible-ldp
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