• Oliver Gosden

Why I set up Teachers Together

Updated: Apr 8, 2021

My name is Oliver Gosden and for over the past 20 years I have been working in recruitment; the last 15 of them within the education sector. I have never been a teacher - I do not think being a trampoline coach counts (or so I have been told) - but I have been listening to teachers for over a decade-and-a-half and there are so many horror stories that only people within the sector would believe.

There is a common trait shared between the thousands of teachers I have engaged with and that is the passion they have for educating children. Anyone can teach but it takes a special kind of person to inspire the next generation to want to learn. When you see this quality in someone, it’s infectious and it inspires me to use my skills and experience to ensure their qualities are put to good use in the classroom. This is the main reason why I chose to start Teachers Together; to try to invoke some positive change within my community and, hopefully, within the education recruitment sector more broadly.

For 15 years I had worked within a small but growing recruitment company and in this time, I made my way up to a senior level. It was financially comfortable and secure in the sense that I had been with the company for a long period of time and knew the organisation well. I slowly moved off the front line but I was unable to influence the fundamentals of the company which was a source of frustration for me. When the first national lockdown arrived, that blanket of financial security was quickly removed and it gave me time to think about the future.

My role meant I worked from 7am to 6pm with on call duties and responsibilities that did not stop at the weekend. In all honesty, I was not happy. I had lost my way and this was having a negative impact on my young daughter and wife. I wanted to set an example that I could be proud of, so I left the world of being employed and started on my own. And boy, did I underestimate how hard that was going to be.

Setting up a company is difficult at the best of times but there is nothing like the challenge of setting one up during a national lockdown. “What business are you opening?” Teacher recruitment, during a time when all the schools are closed... Yep, this was going to be tough!

I took some time to decide what I wanted Teachers Together to stand for and identify what I needed to do in order to build a differen