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Advice on becoming a teacher and graduate careers in education

The teaching profession offers the possibility of generous funding to help with the costs of training, a choice of different kinds of school to work in across the UK, and good prospects for progression, promotion and salary increases – not to mention the chance to help develop the potential of children and young people. You could also make direct use of your degree and teach a subject you love. No wonder teaching is so popular, but that means you could be up against stiff competition for training places and jobs. Put yourself in the best possible position to get hired with the help of our advice on applications, interviews and personal statements, and pick up ideas about where a career in education could take you. There are various different routes to qualification to choose from, and you’ll find out more about them all here as well as tips to get you a place on the course you want.

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Interviews and assessment centres

  • Typical teaching interview questions

    Alison Proudlove from the Manchester Metropolitan University lets you know the questions that are likely to come up during the interview for your first graduate teaching job, whether in a primary or secondary school.

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  • Perform your best in your teaching interview

    Alison Proudlove from the Manchester Metropolitan University lets you know how to to impress at interview for your first job, whether it’s a panel or pool interview, and gives tips for the sample lesson.

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Pay and progression

  • Salary prospects for teachers

    Alison Proudlove from the Manchester Metropolitan University shares her knowledge on what you can expect to earn as a newly qualified teacher in a state school in England.

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Training and qualification

  • Join a teaching union as a graduate

    Joining a teaching union will offer you protection throughout your career.

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  • How do you train to become a teacher?

    Paul Barnes from the University of Portsmouth provides an overview of how to train to become a teacher and explains the different options open to you, including the PGCE and the School Direct training programme.

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  • The induction year for newly qualified teachers

    Newly qualified teachers in England and Wales undertake a year-long induction period to develop their skills and enable them to teach confidently in any school.

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  • What different types of school can you teach in?

    Jill Valentine from Sheffield Hallam University provides an overview of different kinds of schools in England, helping you to discover the range of types of state-maintained schools, such as academies and free schools, as well as the independent sector.

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  • How to write your personal statement for teacher training

    Your personal statement is a crucial part of your application for a teacher training place. Gill Kilvington from the University of Hull lets you know what training providers will be looking for and what to cover, from reasons for applying to school experience.

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  • What qualifications do you need to become a teacher?

    Jill Valentine from Sheffield Hallam University lets you know the qualifications you need to apply for teacher training and gets you up-to-date with the requirements around GCSEs, professional skills tests and your degree.

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  • Interview questions for teacher training

    Gill Kilvington from the University of Hull helps you to prepare for your postgraduate teacher training interview with a list of typical questions, covering areas ranging from why you want to teach to your choice of degree subject.

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  • What to expect from the teacher training interview and selection day

    Your teacher training selection day could include written tests, a presentation and teaching a mini lesson in school, as well as a panel interview. Gill Kilvington from the University of Hull explains what admissions tutors are looking for.

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  • Overview of your postgraduate teacher training options

    Are you considering a PGCE, PGDE, SCITT, or the School Direct or Teach First programmes? Do you want to teach children in the early years? Paul Barnes from the University of Portsmouth guides you through the different types of teacher training programme that lead to qualified teacher status. Paul Barnes, University of Portsmouth

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  • Write a great application for teacher training

    Gill Kilvington from the University of Hull explains the process for applying for teacher training across the UK, including a timetable to fill you in on what to do when.

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  • Funding for teacher training

    You might be surprised by the bursaries, scholarships and early career payments available to train to teach some subjects. Paul Barnes from the University of Portsmouth gives information about the financial support and loans provided in England.

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  • Training and qualifications for alternative careers in education

    Interested in teaching children with special educational needs, or going into museum education or TEFL? AGCAS editors explain training options for alternative careers related to education that don't involve teaching children in a classroom.

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  • How do you apply for postgraduate initial teacher education and training?

    The application process for teacher training varies depending on the programme you want to carry out. Paul Barnes from the University of Portsmouth fills you in on how to apply for PGCEs, PGDEs, early years initial teacher training, School Direct and other routes.

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  • Training to teach in further and higher education

    Paul Barnes from the University of Portsmouth shows you the range of qualifications available to train to teach in further education and how to become a higher education lecturer.

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  • Training to teach in Northern Ireland

    You apply directly to institutions for postgraduate teacher training in Northern Ireland. Kirsty Osman from Cardiff University helps you to explore your options with an overview of qualification requirements and list of course providers and PGCEs.

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  • How do you become a teacher?

    Jill Valentine from Sheffield Hallam university gives you the answers you need before you decide where to apply to train, including what QTS is and the subjects taught at primary and secondary level.

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  • Training to teach in Scotland

    Suzanne Agnew from the University of Edinburgh explains the Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE), which is the main graduate entry route into teaching in Scotland. Check out the entry requirements and how to apply.

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  • How do you get a job in teaching after training?

    Alison Proudlove from Manchester Metropolitan University explains the essentials about starting your career after training, including what you can earn as a newly qualified teacher, when you should apply for jobs and the induction period.

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  • Training to teach in Wales

    Kirsty Osman from Cardiff University provides an insight into the university based PGCE route and the new salaried PGCE route for teacher training in Wales, along with the qualifications you'll need and the Welsh learning you'll undertake.

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  • How to get the work experience you need to teach

    Jill Valentine from Sheffield Hallam University discusses the expectations of teacher training providers when it comes to school experience, in light of the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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