Teacher training can be completed as part of an undergraduate degree in education or as part of a Bachelor of Arts or Science which includes qualified teacher status (QTS). Teachers can also qualify in postgraduate study or through school-based training. In order to get onto the correct teacher training course, you’ll need to have a good standard of education and/or a degree.
Getting onto the right course
Because becoming a teacher is an increasingly popular choice for graduates and those who are re-training, it can be competitive to get onto the course of your choice. Having voluntary experience will help, as will being open-minded about the kind of experience you want to get. You may also need to pass QTS skills tests before beginning your course.
What does each course involve?
If you opt for university-based teacher training, you’ll need to have an undergraduate degree which is relevant to the subject that you want to teach. The postgraduate teaching course will then focus on developing your teaching skills, rather than your subject knowledge.
If you learn through a school you’ll spend time learning practical skills within the classroom. You may also need to complete a pre-training course if your degree isn’t related to the subject you want to teach.
Graduate Teacher Programmes are sometimes available to those who want to gain QTS while working in a paid teaching role. In these programmes you’ll be employed by a school and earn a salary while completing on the job training.
What happens next?
Once you’ve completed the period of training and skills tests required, you’ll gain qualified teacher status. After this point you’ll be known as a newly qualified teacher and will be able to teach in schools. Depending on which age group you would like to teach, you could also gain experience in further education or sixth form colleges.
How to find work
Schools often advertise their vacancies through the local authority in which they’re available. There are often dedicated staff members who support teacher recruitment, providing advice, support and opportunities for NQTs who are seeking their first post. Those who are looking for work as an English language teacher can visit BLC English school for advice.
You can also search for jobs through the internet or through the Schools Recruitment Service which takes the hassle out of the job search by putting the whole application process online. You may be able to find work at the school where you performed your initial teacher training.
The benefits of teacher training
There are many benefits to undertaking a teacher training course, and you may be surprised at how rewarding a career teaching can be. Starting salaries are around £22k a year (or £27k for inner London) and you may find yourself progressing to a leadership pay scale within a few years.
Aside from pay, you’ll be able to find joy in seeing the difference you make to your students. Those studying as a training teacher in Bristol, London or anywhere else in England will be able to support the futures of their pupils and develop their views and understandings of the world. In this sense, teaching is one of the most valuable jobs around – you’ll never just be working as a means to an end. You’ll be making a valuable contribution to the lives of others.
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