It’s not surprising that top graduates are choosing a career in teaching.
Teachers have the opportunity to inspire the next generation on a daily basis. Not only this, there is funding available to support trainee teachers during their initial teacher training.
Dependent on the subject you want to teach, you may be eligible to receive a tax-free bursary of up to £25k to train to teach in 2021.
Postgraduate teacher training courses are available across England, led by universities or schools. The course you choose will depend on your subject, degree class and location. Whichever course you choose, your training will largely be the same.
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All teacher training courses will offer
Qualified teacher status (QTS), which is needed to teach as a qualified teacher in England.
Plenty of classroom experience in at least two schools – a minimum of 24 weeks of school experience.
Training to meet the Teachers’ Standards, which will include classroom management and making your subject accessible to your pupils.
Expert academic and practical guidance from mentors and tutors who are there to help you succeed.
Most courses will also offer a postgraduate qualification, usually a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) - speak to your chosen course provider(s) to find out what qualification their course offers.
Why become a teacher?
You’ll get the opportunity to inspire the next generation.
Earn a competitive salary of at least £25,714 (nationally) or £32,157 (inner London)
You’ll receive up to 13 weeks' holiday allowance.
Prior experience in a school is not required prior to interview, but if you have been able to gain experience in schools, providers might find reports from those schools helpful. Equally, if you believe you have other transferrable experience, such as volunteering, you should share this.
There is no requirement for a face-to-face interview. These can take place electronically, ideally by Skype or similar. Documentation such as degree and GCSE certificates may be scanned and sent electronically.
If you are eligible for a bursary/scholarship/student finance, this is still available to you.