This guide will give you the inside track on what it’s really like to train to be a teacher, and will also cover the following areas...
- Pathways into teaching
- Entry requirements
- Career progression
- Funding, bursaries and scholarships
The rewards of being a teacher
Teachers don’t just have an influence on the child they teach, but also the adult they become.
Teaching is a career where you know you can make a real difference and have a positive impact on a local community.
Here are the real rewards of being a teacher:
Teach something you love
Use your passion for your subject to inspire. If you love something, you’ll love teaching it, and there’s nothing better than seeing young people inspired by things you’re passionate about.
Lots of holiday
Teaching gives you more holiday than most careers, which means more time to explore other interests and passions.
Enjoy every day
There is zero chance to be bored in the classroom – no two days are the same in teaching.
Shaping lives has never been so rewarding. Depending on where you teach, your starting salary could be between £25k and £32k.
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Career progression in teaching
Start in the classroom – but from there, it’s up to you. There are ample opportunities to progress in and out of the classroom. With routes that fit into your personal interests and ambitions.
With a leadership role, you’ll have the chance to create real impact within a school. You could take charge of a year group, a key stage, or even become a deputy head or headteacher - leading, managing and motivating staff.
Alternatively, pastoral care roles provide opportunities to support, mentor and develop young people beyond the classroom.
Pathways into teaching
To start primary or secondary initial teacher training, you’ll need to have a degree or equivalent qualification. You’ll also need:
- English GCSE grade 4 (C) or above.
- Maths GCSE grade 4 (C) or above.
- Science GCSE grade 4 (C) or above if you want to teach in primary education.
Do your research
It is important to decide if teaching is for you, and what age group or subject you want to teach. The Get Into Teaching website is a great place to start.
You can attend an event, speak to an experienced teaching professional and read about other people’s stories and experiences.
Consider school experience
Before you commit to a training course, you may want to spend some time in a school.
This can give you valuable first-hand experience of what it’s really like in the classroom, and the kind of activities involved.
It can also be very useful if you’re unsure which age group or subject you want to teach.
Choosing your course
Once you have settled on a subject or age group that you want to teach, you need to consider how you want to train.
There are a few different options for this - so here are a few things you may want to consider...
- how long you want to study for
- if the course is in a convenient location for you
- what end qualification you would like
- whether you meet the eligibility criteria
- what funding you may need for any tuition fees or living expenses
Once you have decided what you want to teach and the best route for you, it’s a good idea to search for a course in more detail.
You may also want to take into account the individual course providers. You can look at their websites, attend one of their events, or look at Ofsted inspection reports for schools.
To apply for a course, you will need:
- a written personal statement.
- 2 references.
- GCSE (or equivalent) and degree certificates.
After you have applied you may be asked to provide copies of any supporting documents such as your degree certificate, or evidence of other qualifications.
Teacher’s salaries and career progression
A career in teaching isn’t just about being in the classroom, there are many different routes you can take depending on your interests and ambitions. You could work towards taking charge of a year group, a key stage or even become a deputy head or headteacher - or if you love what you teach a head of department or leading practitioner.
- As a newly qualified teacher, you could earn between £25k and £32k depending on where you teach.
- As an experienced classroom teacher, you could earn between £38k and £50k depending on where you teach
- Leadership roles earn, on average, £60k maximum depending on where you teach
- Headteachers could earn between £117k and £125k maximum depending on where you teach
Funding your training
Tuition fees and maintenance loans
You can apply for tuitions fee loan of up to £9,250 to go towards your course fees, and apply for a maintenance loan of up to £12,382 to help with living costs.
The student finance calculator on GOV.UK is really useful to find out how much you could receive.
Bursaries and scholarships
These are tax free amounts of money you receive to train to teach in certain subjects. You do not need to pay them back.
To be eligible for a bursary, you’ll need a first, 2:1, 2:2 degree or a PhD or Master’s in the relevant subject. For a scholarship, each professional body sets its own criteria.
For more information on bursaries and scholarships, take a look at the Get Into Teaching website.
Teaching internships in 2021
Some schools are offering the opportunity to embark on a paid summer internship programme. These internships provide you with the opportunity to get on-the-job experience as a teacher.
To qualify, You must be an undergraduate on a STEM-related degree and be interested in teaching secondary maths or physics.
To find out if you meet the criteria and to view the participating schools, visit the internships area on the Get Into Teaching website.
So, what next?
Get Into Teaching is a free service provided by the Department for Education to give information and advice to those who are looking at a career in teaching.
The first thing to do is register on Get Into Teaching to receive personalised information and support to help you start your teaching career, including...
- Advice and guidance on how to get into teaching
- Support on how to get one step closer to the classroom
- Inspiring stories from others training to teach
If you’re ready to get into teaching, you can get free support from an experienced teaching professional to help guide you through the process. This support can help with...
- Getting school experience
- Funding your training
- Choosing the right course for you, writing your personal statement, as well as interview tips.