St Helens College teacher to star in TV recruitment campaign

Kirk-Newton Henry in the TV advert
Kirk-Newton Henry in the TV advert

A St Helens teacher is set to front a new national TV campaign to attract new recruits to the profession.

Kirk-Newton Henry, a GCSE English and media studies teacher at St Helens College 14-16 Academy, is one of the faces in the Your Future:Their Future campaign to attract more people into teaching.

I’m honoured to be amongst some of the most inspiring teachers as a champion of the recruitment campaign

Kirk-Newton Henry

Kirk is also head of media studies and runs the college’s drama club.

The Your Future: Their Future advert, which started its new TV run on April 1 and appear in breaks in show including Gogglebox on Channel 4 and Scott and Bailey on ITV, aims to highlight that it’s still not too late to apply to begin training for the next academic year.

Roger Pope, chairman of the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), said: “Kirk is one of the country’s most inspiring and talented classroom teachers chosen to star in our advert, which explains why people with the passion and potential to teach should consider a career in the profession.

“It’s not too late to use your skills and experience to make a difference as a teacher. You can apply now to begin training in September.”

Kirk said: “I’m honoured to be among some of the most inspiring teachers as a champion of the recruitment campaign and hope this will continue to encourage more people from Merseyside and throughout the North West to become teachers.

“I’m an extremely proud representative of one of the most rewarding professions. I feel privileged to be given the opportunity to enter the classroom everyday knowing the impact we have on young lives, equipped with the expert training that I’ve had and an abundance of passion.”

NCTL provides a comprehensive programme of support to help people become teachers, providing guidance all the way through the application process.

Applicants can also take advantage of upcoming online events and application workshops during April and May. Details of all events are available at https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/teaching-events.

Anyone looking for more information about getting into teaching should visit www.education.gov.uk/getintoteaching or call 0800 389 2500.