A "DEDICATED and inspiring" Bedford High School teacher is the star of a new national TV advert that aims to inspire people to get into teaching.

Addison Brown, who teaches science at the Leigh school, features in the advert that follows in the classroom for a day.

It celebrates the energy and care he pours into his job and the impact this has on his students’ learning and their lives.

Addison, 27, a former member of the GB water polo team, decided to train to teach following a successful sports career that saw him travel the world to compete in tournaments.

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Science teacher Addison Brown

He said: “The filming was a really enjoyable experience, completely different to anything I’ve done before.

"I’m proud to be involved in this campaign, it truly captures my experience in teaching so far.

"As the advert shows, life as a teacher is incredibly varied and keeps you on your toes, with lots of opportunities to be creative.

“Like many jobs, teaching comes with its challenges but having a positive influence on students and seeing them succeed makes it a hugely rewarding career and motivates us every day.”

The new film, created as part of the national Get Into Teaching campaign, will air across national TV in the commercial breaks of popular family shows such as the Great British Bake Off, Coronation Street and Dancing on Ice.

It will appear on TV networks, video on demand and in cinemas throughout January.

Get Into Teaching campaign spokesman Roger Pope said: “This film captures a single day in the life of one dedicated and inspiring individual whose enjoyment of the profession is palpable.

“It celebrates the variety and creativity of being a teacher and we hope it strikes a chord with people searching for a rewarding and worthwhile career.

"There are thousands of fantastic teachers helping to shape the next generation - and you could be one of them.

“I would encourage anyone with the passion and potential to teach to visit the Get Into Teaching website to find out more about the career and the support available.”

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School Standards Minister Nick Gibb said: “Teaching is a rewarding career and Addison is an example of how a teacher can inspire and shape the lives of their pupils.

“There’s never been a better time to become a teacher – this year we have announced a 2.75 per cent pay rise for teachers, alongside outlining plans for starting salaries to rise to £30,000 by 2022-23.

“I would urge anyone interested in a career where they can have a real impact on the lives of children to consider joining the thousands of dedicated teachers working in our classrooms.”

The Get Into Teaching team has experienced advisers available to give free support and advice.

For more information about teaching as a career and to register your interest click here or call the Get Into Teaching line on 0800 389 2500.