2 What will we cover today? Why train to teach?The rewards of teachingHow can I train to teach?Routes into teacher trainingWhat do I need to train to teach?QualificationsSchool experienceProfessional skills testsApplying
3 The rewards of teaching Teachers start on a salary of between £22k and £27k9 out of 10 newly qualified teachers, who want to teach, find teaching jobs in the first 12 months after qualifyingThere are excellent opportunities for career progression – many teachers are in a leadership role within two yearsYou could receive up to £25k tax-free to train to teach
4 Bursaries and Scholarships for 2015/16 Trainee with 1st/PhD2:1/Masters2:2OtherPhysics£25,000£15,000£9,000Maths£20,000Chemistry, computing£0Languages-Biology£12,000£10,000Primary mathsGeography, D&T£4,000MusicEnglish, history, RE, primary
5 Financial supportYou can apply for a scholarship instead of a bursary from a subject association in physics, maths, chemistry and computingYou may be eligible for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance EnglandYou may be eligible for a maintenance loan or a non-repayable maintenance grant from Student Finance England to help with living costs
7 All teacher training courses include: A minimum of 24 weeks in at least two schools to give you practical classroom experienceAcademic study to give you the knowledge and understanding to teach successfullyAn assessment of your teaching skills (through classroom observation)
8 School-led teacher training School centred-initial teacher training (SCITT) and School DirectLearn 'on the job' in a schoolWork as part of the teaching team from day one – similar to student medics in hospitalsLearn from experienced, practising colleagues, immediately putting your new skills into practiceTraining generally lasts a yearLeads to qualified teacher status (QTS)A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) and/or master's-level credits are often included
9 School-centred initial teacher training Schools that have been given Government approval to run their own training are called SCITTsProvide practical, hands-on teacher training delivered by experienced, practising teachers based in their own school or at a school in their network
10 School DirectIf you're successful in your training, there is an expectation that you will get a job offer in one of the schools when you qualifyPractical, hands-on training and education based in good schools across the countryCourses are designed by groups of schools based on the skills they are looking for in a newly qualified teacher (NQT)The schools recruit you as a trainee onto their School Direct course with a job in mind just for you
11 School Direct – salaried route Available if you have been working for around three yearsEarn a salary during your training – and you can expect a job offer when you qualifyThe cost of your training to achieve QTS is covered by the school – check with the school you are applying to whether this also includes a PGCE
12 University-led training Universities and colleges offer teacher training courses for both graduates and undergraduatesUniversities work with school partnerships to offer at least two school experience placements as part of your trainingSupport from university tutor as well as school staffIf you don’t have a degree, you can study for your degree and complete your teacher training at the same time
13 Other routes into teaching Teach FirstTeach First is an education charity that runs a two-year course for outstanding graduates where you can earn while you train and work in a challenging school in a low-income community. Visit to learn more about its vision and its leadership development programmeArmed ForcesIf you are ex-Service personnel, find out how the invaluable skills and experience gained in the Armed Forces can enable you to become an outstanding teacher through the Troops to Teachers programmeAssessment OnlyIf you're already an experienced teacher with a degree but you don't have qualified teacher status (QTS), you may not have to do any further training
15 Minimum entry requirements C-grade GCSEs (or standard equivalents) in English and maths, plus a science subject if you want to teach primary or key stages 2/3 (up to age 14)UK undergraduate degree or a recognised equivalent qualificationMost providers and schools will expect applicants to have some school experience
16 School experienceSpend as much time as possible in schools before you apply for teacher training; the insight you gain will be an invaluable part of your applicationThe amount of school experience you need will vary from one school or university course to another. On most courses, you'll be expected to have at least 10 days' experience before you start your trainingContact your local schools to ask if you can observe lessonsPremier Plus candidates may be able to get help with school experience by joining the School Experience Programme
17 Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) If you're interested in teaching physics, maths, chemistry, computing, languages or design and technology, but studied for a different degree, you can boost your subject knowledge before you begin training by completing a subject knowledge enhancement courseIf your school or provider feels that you have the right qualities to become a teacher but you need to up your subject knowledge before you start training, they will talk you through the range of SKE programmes that are available
18 Professional skills tests Tests in numeracy and literacy must be passed before you begin trainingYou can’t take the tests until you have applied for teacher training, but you can book your test in advance for a date by which you expect to have submitted an applicationFor practice papers and registration visit the DfE website
19 How and when to applyThe application round for teacher training courses starting from September 2015 is now openUCAS Teacher Training is used for applications to all routesSee the UCAS website for details on how to apply
20 Personal statementThis is your moment to stand out from the rest and is the most crucial part of your applicationExplain why you will enjoy teaching – and, more specifically, why you will enjoy teaching your chosen subject and/or age groupEmphasise the relevance of your previous studies and any work experience to your chosen subject or age groupMake sure you give examples of what you have learnt from your experience, and how it will have a positive effect on your teachingInclude examples from your school experience and any other experience that you may have of working with childrenProvide plenty of evidence of your skills and qualities. Communication and motivation are important skills for teachers
21 Your interviewMake sure you research the course and institution you're applying forUse the internet to research the latest developments in educationThink carefully about your reasons for applying for the course and your interest in becoming a teacherTry our interactive interview and application assistant on the Get-Into- Teaching website. Search “Interactive Interview” on the site
22 Premier Plus*There is a comprehensive programme of support available to help you, providing guidance throughout the application process which could include:personalised one-to-one advice and guidance from a named adviser on becoming a teacher, including support with your applicationHelp in securing school experience, including a placement for up to 10 days on one of our programmesregular communications from us with important news, application hints and tips, and updates on funding*Available to those who those who hold (or are predicted) a first class, 2:1 or 2:2 degree and are interested in teaching secondary maths, physics, chemistry, languages, computing or design and technology.
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