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LIZZIE DIAPER, 25

IS IN HER SECOND YEAR
OF TEACHING AT ST PAUL'S
PRIMARY SCHOOL IN
PORTSMOUTH, HANTS
'I did a degree in law and sociology
at Cardiff University, but having
felt sure when I started that I'd
take the law route, I increasingly
felt it wasn't for me. I wanted a
career in which I could be more
hands-on and the more I thought
about it, the more I thought how
satisfying it would be to work with

children, helping them to learn and
being a positive influence in their
lives. I graduated with a 2:1 and after
taking a year out, was sure teaching
was what I wanted to do.
'I applied to do my training with
Teach First and got a place at the
school in Portsmouth where I teach
now. That was in 2014, and in 2016 I
qualified and gained newly qualified
teacher (NQT) status.
'Training with Teach First meant
I was paid during my training, which
was a big positive. I also really liked
the ethos of the charity - some of
the children I teach have quite
challenging home lives and it's
satisfying to feel I can be a positive
influence and someone they can rely
on and feel secure with. I love
teaching - the days are long but as
I gain confidence, I'm able to be
more efficient in terms of my lesson
planning - I'm 'working 'smarter', as
they say. I've applied to St Paul's to be
a Phase Leader (equivalent to head of
year at secondary school) so very
much hope to continue my career
there. I think training via Teach First
will stand me in such good stead for
the future - all my experiences so far
have been nothing but positive.'

If you want to teach maths, physics,
chemistry, computing, languages or
geography, you can also apply for a
scholarship - as well as financial
support, you'll also have access to
resources and networking opportunities.

TEST THE WATERS
There's nothing like experiencing the
day-to-day to help you decide whether
teaching is right for you. Spending time
in a school, via the School Experience
Programme (SEP), allows you observe
experienced teachers in action (it will
also help your application if you do
decide a teaching career is for you).
You'll get a feel for the pastoral role
teachers undertake, too - a vital
component for the wellbeing of the
pupils in their care. You can apply to
schools via getintoteaching.education.
gov.uk or to schools independently.

1 3 2 /// J O B S & C A R E E R S

Some training courses, such as those
with Schools Direct or Teach First,
are salaried, meaning you earn as you
train (the amount you earn depends
on the school you train in and the
subject you're teaching).
You may also be able to apply for
loans to cover tuition fees and
maintenance of up to £9,000 and
£4,000 a year respectively,
depending on your circumstances (to
see what you're eligible for, visit gov.
uk/student-finance-calculator).
Remember, though, that although
bursaries and scholarships don't have
to be paid back, loans (for both tuition
and maintenance) do. You'll start
repaying your loan once you've
graduated and are earning more than
£21,000 a year - you pay back 9% of
anything over that figure every year
(so if you're earning £26,000, you'll
pay back £450 per year).

PAY SCALES

Teaching offers a competitive starting
salary and plenty of scope for career
progression. Here's a snapshot of
what you can earn (London weighting
applies to all positions):

UNQUALIFIED TRAINEE
TEACHER

£16,461 to £26,034 (England & Wales)
£20, 701 to £30,270 (Inner London)
£19,553 to £29, 130 (Outer London)

NEWLY QUALIFIED TEACHER

£22,467 to £33,160 (England & Wales)
£28,098 to £38,241 (Inner London)
£26, 139 to £36,906 (Outer London)
Heads of department or years can
expect to earn between £38,984
and £59,264 in England and Wales
(£46,350 to £66,638 in inner London).
A headteacher can expect to earn up
to £108,283 in England and Wales,
£115,582 in inner London.

FIND OUT MORE
* getintoteaching.education.gov.uk
* ucas.com/ucas/teacher-training/
getting-started/routes-teaching
* gov.uk/student-finance-calculator
* teachfirst.org.uk


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