How to Get Into Teaching
Would you like to know more about how to get into teaching?
So many parents across the UK have been homeschooling for the last few months. Whilst it may have been a shock to many, some are really enjoying the rewards that come from teaching. If homeschooling has made you interested in becoming a teacher, you are not alone.
Any teacher will tell you that the rewards of the classroom make the job worthwhile. The buzz when you have helped pupils to ‘get’ something, however small, is undeniably fulfilling and is what makes teaching a joy. There are obvious demands and challenges to the profession, but the dedication and commitment of teachers can be awe-inspiring. You can be part of that.
If you want to train as a primary or secondary teacher, there’s a few different routes you can take. There’s even the opportunity to build or refresh your knowledge before you start your teacher training. You may have an unrelated degree, but studied your chosen subject to A level. Or, you may have plenty of professional experience. Changing your career and getting into teaching isn’t as hard as you may think.
There’s lots of help to get you into teaching and it’s all about choosing what’s right for you. Let’s explore the questions you need the answers to.
How Do I Qualify to be a Teacher?
To be a teacher in the UK, you need to have what’s called QTS – Qualified Teacher Status. There are various ways to do this depending on previous qualifications and how you want to learn. We advise that you decide if you would like to teach at Primary or Secondary School level as this will help choose the most suitable route to achieve QTS.
Think about which you prefer. If you decide that Primary is your focus, then think about what age groups you’d like to teach. This can change the focus of any post-graduate training. If Secondary is your focus then this is where you would specialise. Whilst your specialism would normally be what you studied at A level or University this isn’t always the case. Checking what you qualification allow you to teach may actually give you more options that you think.
Different Routes to Get Into Teaching
School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT).
As a SCITT trainee you’ll spend the greatest proportion of your time in a school, teaching pupils and learning alongside expert practitioners.
You choose your own training base for the year. This gives you the opportunity to select a school that is close to where you live or one that you are familiar with. As well as this, you will also teach in a contrasting school for a six-week placement. You will also undertake shorter placement visits to a range of schools and settings. This route to teaching really gives you a lot of insight into different school settings. It’s a great way to learn!
But maybe you would prefer to be paid whilst you train?
School Direct (Salaried)
This is a great option for anyone changing careers. It gives you the option to train and earn at the same time. You still get the same benefits as the SCITT with a six-week placement and shorter placements at various schools, but with the added benefit of a salary of an unqualified teacher.
You may already be employed as an unqualified teacher. If you are already observing teaching in your school and meeting the Teachers’ Standards this could fast-track you to a QTS. This also means that you will increase your current pay grade to that of a qualified teacher.
The assessment only route takes no longer than one term. You present a portfolio drawn from you teaching experience and are also observed teaching. If you are having a positive impact on pupil progress then this will be taken into account when assessed.
So as you can see, there are many different options and one will suit you better than others. We’ve been providing teacher training to lots of people from all walks of life with all sorts of experience. Teaching is open to almost everyone and is genuinely one of the most rewarding careers you can have.
Want to know more? Get in touch with us today and let us talk you through the steps needed to get into teaching.