So you’ve decided that you would like a career in teaching, but where do you start to find out all the information you need? Follow our step by step guide below to start your new career!
1. Do I have the basic requirements for teaching? – In order to be a teacher you need a degree and GCSE grade C or equivalent in maths and English (and science if you want to apply for primary).
2. What age range do I want to teach? – Primary, where you will work with a specific age range of children from age 3-7 or 5-11, or secondary, where you will work with children from age 11-18.
3. What subject do I want to teach? – If you are interested in secondary training then what subject would you like to teach? You need to have a degree in or related to the subject that you would like to teach. If you don’t have that then do you might have to complete a subject knowledge enhancement course.
4. Register with us – Register your details with us and receive a comprehensive programme of support to help you go from interested in teaching to application and interview. You can also find out if you are eligible for extra support as part of our Premier Plus programme.
5. Do I have enough classroom experience? – Classroom experience is a vital part of your application as you will need to show that you have spent time in a school observing lessons. It can also help you decide which age range you might want to teach if you are unsure. If you don’t know where to start then read our guide on how to find classroom experience and then read our guide on what you need to observe when you are in the classroom.
6. What routes are available to me? - University, SCITT, School Direct… there are lots of university-led and school-led options available to you and each one might have different positives and negatives depending on your personal circumstances. Spend some time finding out about each route to choose one that will suit you, or have a look at our quick-reference table which outlines the characteristics of the most popular postgraduate routes.
7. What funding is available? – Different routes have different funding options. Teacher training is currently offering big tax-free bursaries and scholarships for high quality graduates, especially in shortage subjects in secondary, and for primary teacher training too. Visit the funding pages on our website to find out what you might be eligible for.
8. Am I ready to submit my application? – When you are ready to apply, there is a comprehensive programme of support available from us to help you. We have an application form assistant along with application tips and interactive interviews to help you really make the most of your skills and submit the best application possible.
9. I’ve been invited for an interview, what should I do? - Make sure you give yourself a good amount of time to prepare and read our advice on how to prepare to make the best of your interview and present yourself in the most positive light possible.
After an amazing interview you will hopefully be offered a place on a training course - welcome to your new career!
If you weren’t successful at application or after interview then don’t give up. Is there a different route available to you? Can you spend time getting more experience? Can you get feedback from the provider to find out areas to improve on? Look at all the options available to you and if you still feel teaching is for you then give it another try.