University Challenge star Bobby Seagull has teamed up with a government campaign to encourage more people to get into teaching.

Bobby, who is a Maths teacher at Little Ilford School, started teaching in 2015.

He says the positive influence he has on the lives of pupils makes the job extremely rewarding.

The 35-year-old author and co-host of the BBC show Monkman and Seagull began teaching after a career in investment banking and chartered accountancy.

He has appeared in one of seven short films – part of the national Get Into Teaching campaign – showcasing the positive influence he has as a teacher.

Bobby said: “I’m proud to be part of this new social media campaign, as it helps showcase how rewarding a career in teaching can be. Like many careers, teaching comes with its challenges, but knowing you can have a positive influence on students, both inside and outside of the classroom, is so rewarding.

“You have the opportunity, through every lesson, to support, inspire and ultimately shape lives. My favourite part of being a teacher is knowing that as a profession, we help inspire the next generation. I hope this passion and enjoyment in the films will inspire other people to consider teaching."

The seven new films feature a cast of real teachers from across England, who highlight how teaching engages, supports and inspires the next generation.

The launch of the first video coincided with World Teachers’ Day on Saturday, October 5.

Roger Pope, spokesperson for the Get Into Teaching campaign, said: “Great teachers can help shape the lives of students on a daily basis. We hope that our new social media films will convey the many rewards that a career in teaching can bring, for anyone who is passionate about inspiring the next generation.

“I would encourage anyone looking for a rewarding and purpose-led career to explore teaching as an option by visiting the Get Into Teaching website and registering their interest.”

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