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BEING A TEACHER IS SO MUCH MORE THAN STANDING AT
THE FRONT OF A CLASS TALKING TO A GROUP OF PUPILS.
HERE'S HOW TO GET INTO THIS FULFILLING PROFESSION
or anyone wishing to pursue
a rewarding and progressive
career, teaching - with its
myriad options and ﬂexibility
- comes high on the list of
professions to explore. The routes
into this career are varied too, and
range from completing a university
degree to pursuing postgraduate
courses. There are a number of
funding opportunities too, with
bursaries of up to £26,000 available
that make paying for training less
of a burden than it once was.
It's no wonder, then, that
increasing numbers of graduates
are going into teaching after
completing their ﬁrst degree. In the
2015-2016 academic year, there
were nearly 30,000 new entrants
to postgraduate teacher-training
courses, compared with just over
25,000 for the previous academic
year. Indeed, there are now 15,000
more teachers in UK schools than in
2010. After all, those who can, teach!
CHOOSE YOUR ROUTE
To teach in an English state school,
whether at primary or secondary level,
you need to be educated to degree level
and gain qualiﬁed teacher status (QTS)
by following a programme of initial
teacher education or training (ITET).
This option is designed for
graduates who would like 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 a university or college
campus. Most courses last a year,
after which you'll gain QTS. Most
courses also oﬀer a postgraduate
certiﬁcate in education (PGCE).
School-centred initial teacher
training (SCITT) involves in-school
courses provided by governmentbacked schools that provide hands-on
training from experienced, practising
teachers. They result in QTS and
some, but not all, also award a PGCE.
School Direct courses oﬀer schoolbased teacher training via a network
of schools that are signed up to the
initiative, and are a great choice if you
hope to teach at one of those 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
plausible 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.
Higher or further education training
is more suitable for those who would
prefer to complete their teacher
training at a university or college.
You'll 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 QTS and a PGCE.
FUNDING YOUR STUDIES
If you're a graduate, a government
bursary (tax-free funding) of up
to £26,000 could be available
to you, depending on the
postgraduate course you apply
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