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SPOTLIGHT ON TEACHING

COULD YOU ENERGISE
THE NEXT GENERATION?
IF SO, TEACHING NEEDS
MANY SMART YOUNG
PEOPLE LIKE YOU TO
HELP EDUCATE OTHERS

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or those keen to explore teaching
as a career path, the good news is
there's never been a more flexible
way to do it. Multiple training
programmes exist and more
funding opportunities, too, to help
finance this next step of your career,
a fact reflected by the increasing
numbers of graduates going into
teaching after completing their degree.
In the 2015-2016 academic year, there
were nearly 30,000 new entrants to
postgraduate teacher training courses,
compared to just over 25,000 for the
academic year 2014-2015 - indeed, there
are 15,000 more teachers in UK schools
than in 2010, and with government
bursaries of up to £25,000 on offer, the
cost of funding further training is no
longer the burden it once was.

Words: Claire Lavelle. Images: Shutterstock

TEACHER TRAINING ROUTES

To teach in an English state school,
whether at primary or secondary level,
you need to be educated to degree level
and to gain Qualified Teacher Status
(QTS) by following a programme of Initial
Teacher Education or Training (ITET).
School-led training is for graduates
who want the bulk of their training to
take place in a school, enabling them to
immerse themselves in a teaching
culture from day one. You'll do four days
a week on site, learning from more
experienced colleagues, and one day a
week on university or college campus.
Most courses last a year, after which

you'll gain Qualified Teacher Status
(QTS), and most courses also offer a
postgraduate certificate in education
(PGCE). School-centred initial teacher
training (SCITT) are in-school courses
provided by government-backed schools,
which provide hands-on training from
experienced, practising teachers. They
result in a QTS and some, but not all,
also award a PGCE.
School Direct courses offers schoolbased teacher training via a network of
schools signed up to the initiative, and
are a great choice if you hope to teach at

I'M A TEACHING
ASSISTANT - CAN
I WORK MY WAY UP?
If you're currently working as a TA and
want to take the next step, you can apply
for a university-led undergraduate
course, which means you get a degree
and complete your teacher training at
the same time. You can opt for a
Bachelor of Education (BEd), a Bachelor
of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science
(BSc). The former focuses more on
teaching and academic principles, while
a BA or BSc will give you specialist
knowledge in your chosen subject as
well as plenty of time in the classroom.
You can start your first teaching job as
soon as you graduate.

one of the schools after qualifying.
Courses last a year and result in QTS
- again, many, but not all, also award
a PGCE. School Direct (salaried) is a
route that makes teacher training
more doable for those considering a
change of career - if you're a graduate
with at least three years' work
experience, you'll earn a salary while
you train and can expect a job offer
when you qualify.
University-led or further education
training is for those who'd prefer to
complete their teacher training at a
university or college. You'll still spend
at least 24 weeks on placements to
develop your practical skills, and can
train full-time for a year or part-time
for two. All courses lead to qualified
teacher status (QTS) and a PGCE.
'Teaching is a challenging but
amazing job,' says Daniel Lewsey,
senior innovator for Teaching,
Learning and Assessment at East
Kent College. 'You don't know what
each day will bring but what you do
know is you're making a positive
impact on people's futures. We are
passionate about finding talented
people, and training and supporting
them to become great teachers.
'We have a range of programmes to
ensure all new teachers get off to a
great start,' he says.
Then there's Teach First, a charity
that offers two-year training
programmes to graduates with a
degree of 2:1 or above. The aim of
Teach First is to end educational
inequality by putting exceptional
teachers into challenging schools in
low-income areas and trainees receive
a salary during their training. During
the first year, you'll receive the basic
salary for an unqualified teacher
(minimum £16,461), which goes up
to that of a newly qualified teacher in
the second year (minimum £22,467,
up to £28,098 for inner London).
Find out more at teachfirst.org.uk

FUNDING YOUR STUDIES

If you're a graduate, a bursary
(tax-free funding) of up to £25,000
could be available to you depending
on the postgraduate course you apply
for, the subject you wish to teach and
your degree classification.
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