A talented graduate swapped a successful investment career for teaching in Knowsley found herself as guest of honour at 10 Downing Street.
Laura Pollock, a newly qualified teacher at St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic Centre for Learning in Whiston, is one of a growing number of talented graduates being encouraged to consider a career in teaching.
Having worked in investment in London and Liverpool for more than 10 years, when Laura had her son six years ago, her priorities changed. She decided to pursue a lifelong love of reading and writing by enrolling on an English degree course at Liverpool University. After graduating with First Class Honours, Laura signed up for teacher training with Teach First – a charity which aims to attract some of the best university graduates to help drive up standards, particularly in disadvantaged communities.
Since starting her teacher training at St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic Centre for Learning in Whiston a year ago, Laura has impressed her colleagues so much that she was nominated as one of 10 recruits to meet Prime Minister David Cameron. At a reception in 10 Downing Street Laura had the chance to tell him about her experiences first hand.
“Teaching is challenging, but when you feel that you are making a difference to a child, it is so rewarding. It’s the best feeling ever,” she says.
“If somebody is considering going into teaching, I would say that if you’ve got the passion and drive to do it, you should go with your dream. If you could make a difference to young people, you should go for it.
Now Laura is looking forward to the rest of her career in teaching, starting with her first year as a newly qualified teacher specialising in English at St Edmund Arrowsmith.
She says: “The staff at St Edmund Arrowsmith have been so helpful and supportive, I really couldn’t have done it without them.”
Pictured: Laura Pollock outside 10 Downing Street.