Video entices teachers from across the globe to Southend-on-Sea

Published Wednesday, 3rd January 2018

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A new video, produced by Project 49, has brought teachers to schools in Southend-on-Sea from far and wide, in an innovative and collaborative recruitment campaign.

Highlighting the varied types of schools on offer in Southend-on-Sea, from academies to maintained schools, primaries, faith schools and grammars, the film-makers at Project 49 have given the education world a glimpse into a supportive career with opportunities to develop. Positive, and peppered with excitement for the borough’s offering, it has enticed teachers from far afield to consider relocating to Southend-on-Sea.

Teachers from Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney have kicked off their flip-flops and swapped “barbies” in the sunshine for Sunday roasts eaten by open fireplaces, with their upward inflections and positive outlook delighting the children of Southend-on-Sea.

The project, which came about following a conversation between Pete Shrimplin of Project 49 and Jane Elson from Services for Schools team, at a staff conference, is a shining example of the Council collaborating with other organisations and emphasises the value the Council places on diversity in our Borough.

Cllr James Courtenay, Executive Councillor for Children and Learning, says: “The video has been really successful and used as a recruitment vehicle that has helped pique the interest of British teachers from the north west of England and Cornwall, and as far afield as Australia. I am delighted that we have attracted a talented team of teachers from so far afield. They are an asset to the children in our borough.”

However it’s not just the children and schools of Southend-on-Sea who have benefited from the success of the video. The team, led by Ian Chapman, who planned, filmed, produced and edited the film, at Project 49, all have learning disabilities, and have benefited immensely from their involvement in producing the film.

Cllr Lesley Salter, Executive Councillor for Adult Social Care and Health, says: “Each crew member was delighted to be a part of the production of this film, and to have their skills recognised in a worthwhile project that is making a meaningful difference to the town and its children. The excitement of creating the film quickly resulted in a substantial growth in self-confidence as the film-makers saw their work used by local schools, the council’s learning team, and in teacher recruitment campaigns abroad.”

Project 49 is an award winning community based resource providing innovative services for adults with learning disabilities in the Southend-on-Sea area. Their focus is on putting people first, providing a wide range of activities, promoting healthy living and wellbeing, making informed choices and community inclusion.

‘Around the Edge Productions’ from Project 49, provides training opportunities in video and multi-media skills, and creates films for Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and other organisations and businesses.

The video was made by Project 49 in partnership with the council’s Services for Schools team and The Federation of Greenways Schools.

Film credits:

Ian Chapman - Director

Film crew:

Dee Gibson

Colin Smee

Nichola Todd

Editorial team:

Martin Bridge

Emma Frazer

Alan Marchant

With thanks to Ashley Eastwood, Principal at The Federation of Greenways Schools