Routes into teaching

Although there are now hundreds of training providers and different courses from which to choose, an awareness of some basic distinctions can help enormously in deciding what type of programme you want to follow, and clarifying your options. One essential distinction is between fee-paying programmes, on which you are effectively regarded as a trainee, and employment-based salaried routes, on which you assume the role of a regular staff member, with sole responsibility for your own classes, often from the beginning of the school-year.  These pages will provide you with general details about each type of programme – but there can be important differences between courses of the same type so you also need to look carefully at the course details for specific providers. Read more

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  • Guidance for would-be history teacher trainees

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    Are you considering history teaching as a career option? Knowing where to start, what to expect from teaching and whether teacher training is right for you can feel like a leap into the unknown. We spoke to three recently qualified teachers, Ben Kirby, Liam Frondigoun and Alex Schmidt, all based...

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  • School Direct: Salaried and Fee-paying routes

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    What is the School Direct route into teaching? The label ‘School Direct’ refers to training places that the government has allocated directly to a group of schools working in partnership to offer teacher training. Each partnership includes at least one school designated as a ‘Teaching School’, which is likely to...

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  • ‘Traditional’ or ‘University-led’ PGCE

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    What is a PGCE?   ‘PGCE’ or ‘Post-Graduate Certificate of Education’ is simply the title of the award that is made to postgraduate students who successfully complete a university-accredited programme of initial teacher education. It isn’t actually a very good label for the traditional route into teaching since all the...

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  • The importance of subject specific training

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    It is my passion for history and interest in young people that has sustained me both as a teacher and latterly as a PGCE history tutor. Last term a number of seemingly unrelated issues began to coalesce in my mind. Over the summer I met a number of teachers that...

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  • Teach First

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    Teach First’s vision is that no child’s educational success should be limited by their socio-economic background and it places highly motivated graduates in schools in areas of greatest need.     Teach First differs from other routes into teaching in a number of ways. It describes itself as a ‘two-year leadership development...

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