TEACHER training students will be taken on bus tours of secondary schools across Bradford as part of a major recruitment campaign.

Bradford Council organises the tours to give people who are training to be teachers an insight into how rewarding working in the district’s schools can be.

Tours have so far been of primary schools, but students are now being shown around Bradford’s secondary schools.

The bus tours have already been credited with helping to recruit more than 200 teachers into Bradford’s primary schools since they were first launched two years ago.

Councillor Imran Khan, executive for education, employment and skills said: “We know that when people see the work that our schools do first-hand they want to be involved. We hope the teacher training students who take part are inspired by what they see.

"Bradford’s secondary schools are already achieving some amazing results – having been the fourth most improved area in the country for the progress pupils are making at GCSE. We hope more talented teachers taking part in the latest round of bus tours will join us to help improve the district’s results further.”

The tours are followed by a 'Journey to Your First Teaching Post' workshop where candidates are given advice about applying for jobs, writing personal statements and preparing for their job interviews.

The newly qualified teachers are then invited to apply to a talent bank which has been set up by Bradford Council to allow the district’s schools to find the best candidates for their vacancies.