A teaching recruitment campaign hoping to inspire the next generation of educators are staging an event in South West London this weekend.

The Get Into Teaching (GIT) campaign was launched by the Department of Education and is currently touring in the UK with a series of Train To Teach events hoping to inspire more people to consider teaching as a profession.

Last week they announced the next event on their extensive list would be held on the border between Surrey and London, in Twickenham, on Saturday April 27.

Speaking ahead of the event, spokesperson Roger Pope said that the rewards and opportunities for prospective teachers were fantastic.

Mr Pope said: "The teaching profession is a great way to make your degree, skills and knowledge really count.

"Knowing every lesson shapes a life is a wonderful feeling – as a teacher you’re inspiring learning, helping children to stand on their own two feet and opening their eyes to what’s possible.

"You’ll start on a competitive salary too, have the opportunity to progress fast and can work anywhere you want to go, whether that is locally or further afield."

At the event, experienced teacher training advisors will be on hand to guide visitors through the training options and next steps.

Representatives from schools and universities will also be there with insights on how to make a strong application.

Meanwhile, financial advice will be provided, including information on the £26,000 tax-free bursary available to some trainee teachers.

On the day, anyone interested in teaching as a career can also register for an upcoming school open day where they will be able to get a taste of school life, including observing a range of lessons and meeting teachers.

At the London Train to Teach event, visitors will be able to sign up for an open day being held by Coombe Girls School in New Malden later this year.

The free Train to Teach event is being held at St Mary's University, Twickenham, Waldegrave Road, Strawberry Hill, London on Saturday April 27 from 11am-3pm.

Applications for teacher training starting this September are now open.

To find out more about becoming a teacher, go to https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk or call the Get Into Teaching Line on 0800 389 2500.