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Routes Into Teaching

Teaching is one of the most popular options for people wanting to change careers.

To get into teaching you will need C+ GCSE grades in English and maths for secondary school teaching and C+ GCSE grades in English, maths and science for primary school teaching. If you don’t have the necessary grades, talk to local colleges and Skills and Learning or you may be able to do an equivalency test. You will also need to be DBS checked (Disclosure and Barring Service).

Initial Teacher Education or Training (ITET) programmes can be school-led or university-based and will lead to a Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). If you have got a degree, consider the School-Centred Initial Teach Training (SCITT) programme.

School Direct has salaried and non-salaried routes. Usually, you will need 3 years’ experience in any career and entry requirements and salary will depend on the subject you want to teach. School Direct courses generally last a year and will result in a QTS.

For Teach First you need a 2:1 or a First Class degree and you will earn a salary. Teach First involves six weeks of intensive training before teaching in one of their partner schools for at least two years while completing a Leadership Development Programme.

If you have a degree you can also do a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE), which will last for a year. Around half of your degree should be in a relevant subject, although this may vary if there is a teacher shortage.

You also have the option of undertaking a degree specifically for teaching. You can do a three or four-year degree which includes a QTS where you study an academic subject at the same time as gaining the skills you need to teach.

All routes have funding available but this depends on your qualifications and which subject you plan to teach. Armed Service leavers do not need a degree on the Troops to Teachers programme.

Teaching is a demanding but rewarding job and you will need to prove your understanding and commitment to the work by doing voluntary work and work experience in schools. You could even consider a job as a Teaching Assistant first to try it out.

You can find out more at www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching