Training to get into Teaching

What qualifications do I need to be a teacher?

According to The Guardian, more than 600,000 pupils are being taught by adults with no formal teaching qualifications.

The Department for Education claims that, “we have a record number of teachers in our classrooms – 95% of whom hold qualified teacher status”.

“The rest include some trainees working towards their professional qualifications as well as experts, such as leading scientists, sports people or musicians, who head teachers think can add value to individual lessons and enrich the learning experience for children.”

If you speak to anyone who is working as an unqualified teacher, they will tell you that by taking this route into teaching you are severely limiting your earning potential and future career prospects.

 What is teacher training?

Formal teacher training, leading to qualified teacher status (QTS), ensures you have the necessary knowledge and skills for safeguarding children, controlling a class or adapting teaching to respond to the strengths and needs of all pupils, but also guarantees you reach your maximum potential financially and professionally.

Finding a teacher training course can be quite confusing and many of them have very restrictive requirements.  The Castles Education teacher training course offers the maximum degree of flexibility possible, tailored to your own needs….and it’s free.

Where does it the training happen?

The Castles Education teacher training course is school based.

Doing it this way means you get a feel what the job is really like from day one.

You can only learn so much by sitting in a lecture theatre at university listening to someone tell you about teaching, or reading about it in a book.

On a school based teacher training course, trainees learn from experienced teachers, observing what works (and what doesn’t!) while developing their skills and building confidence gradually.  A huge part of being a good teacher comes down to experience.  So the sooner you get inside the classroom and start building up that experience, the better.

Your teacher training will take place in one of the partner schools in our network of primary and secondary schools across England.

What does the training involve?

It usually takes 2 years to reach qualified teacher status (QTS).

If you already have classroom experience, perhaps gained while teaching English abroad as a TEFL teacher or from working as a teaching assistant previously, you may be able to prepare your portfolio more quickly.

The teacher training team at Castles Education will work with you to tailor the programme to you and your needs.

School based teacher training – Year 1

In the first year at the placement school trainees usually experience a variety of support roles such as teaching assistant, pastor care, 1-1 tutoring or EAL support.  When you and your mentor teacher feel that you are ready, you will begin to take more responsibility in the classroom.

Once you start to take your own classes, you will begin to collect evidence in your portfolio using our market leading online portal.

School based teacher training – Year 2

In the second year most trainees will have their own classes on a reduced time table.  This is where you really start to take ownership of the learning outcomes and student progress.  At this stage you will have a good amount of strong evidence in your portfolio and you will be refining your methodologies.  Your mentor teacher and a Castles teacher trainer will make sure your portfolio reaches the standard expected to pass inspection by the QTS awarding bodies. 

Why become a teacher?

Although it is extremely hard work, teaching is still one of the most rewarding occupations anyone can do.

Make no mistake.

It is not easy.

Many people think teachers have it made.  They think that teachers finish work at 3pm every day and taking long summer holidays.  Very few people outside the profession understand the workload, the commitment and the enormous challenges teachers face.  Young people can be very difficult to work with, and government interventions can be very frustrating.

But ask any teacher how they feel about their jobs, and most will tell you that they love it.

Despite all the challenges they face, most teachers feel compelled to do whatever it takes to do a good job.

There are very few other occupations that people become as emotionally invested in as teachers do to theirs.

There is a demand for great teachers in this country and, for many people, reasons for becoming a teacher are personal.  Teachers do more than teach; their impact extends far beyond the classroom; they are united by a desire to positively impact young people’s lives.

By becoming a teacher, you are leaving a lasting legacy on the world by making a real difference to the lives of young people.

Why train with Castles?

Our rigorous and robust two year programme will enable you to flourish and qualify as a teacher.

Our core team is made up entirely of Senior School Leaders with over fifty years of teaching experience. We are in the best place to offer you constructive advice and to prepare you for application and interview.

Our graduate teacher training programme allows you to grow as a professional whilst gaining the skills you require to meet the recognised teacher standards and gaining qualified teacher status.

The course is completely free and you even earn a small salary while you train.

How we support you.

We support you every step of the way.  From school placement to preparing your final assessment, we’ll be with you every step of the way.

You’ll receive pre-placement training here at Castles HQ to ensure your first weeks go smoothly and a Castles teacher trainer will visit you regularly at school throughout the year.

Your mentor teacher and a Castles teacher trainer will make sure your portfolio reaches the standard expected to pass inspection by the QTS awarding bodies.

How to apply.

Call Dean on 0161 914 9185 or email your CV to dean@castles.education

Quick Contact


KS3/4 Mathematics Teacher

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Stockport

Salary: In line with MPS (2018-19)

Posted: 13th December, 2018

KS1 and KS2 Teacher

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Newham

Salary: MPS

Posted: 11th December, 2018

Physics Teacher

Job Type: Temporary

Location: East London.

Salary: DOE

Posted: 10th December, 2018

Chemistry Teacher

Job Type: Temporary

Location: East London

Salary: DOE

Posted: 10th December, 2018

Film and Media Teacher

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Enfield

Salary: DOE

Posted: 10th December, 2018

Engineering and Resistant Materials Teacher

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Enfield

Salary: DOE

Posted: 10th December, 2018

Science Teacher

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Newham

Salary: MPS

Posted: 3rd December, 2018

ASD Teacher

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Lewisham

Salary: MPS

Posted: 3rd December, 2018

Cover Supervisor (Graduate Opportunity)

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Bury

Salary: MPS

Posted: 23rd November, 2018

KS4 Geography Teacher (QTS)

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Tameside

Salary: MPS

Posted: 23rd November, 2018

KS4 Mathematics Teacher

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Tameside

Salary: MPS

Posted: 23rd November, 2018

Construction Tutor – Lincolnshire – ASAP Start – up to £160 per day

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Lincoln

Salary: DOE

Posted: 22nd November, 2018

KS4 French Teacher – ASAP Start

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Rochdale

Salary: MPS

Posted: 21st November, 2018

KS4 Maths Teacher

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Bolton

Salary: MPS

Posted: 21st November, 2018

KS3/4 Design Teacher

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Bolton

Salary: Main Pay Scale

Posted: 20th November, 2018

ASD Teacher

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Croydon

Salary: MPS

Posted: 20th November, 2018

SEND Teaching Assistant

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Lambeth

Salary: DOE

Posted: 20th November, 2018

KS3/4 Science Teacher

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Bolton

Salary: DOE

Posted: 19th November, 2018

KS3/4 English Teacher

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Rochdale

Salary: DOE

Posted: 19th November, 2018

Girls PE Teacher

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Rochdale

Salary: DOE

Posted: 16th November, 2018

Teachers, Tutors and Support Staff for Alternative Provision

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Lincoln

Salary: DOE

Posted: 14th November, 2018

ASD Teaching Assistant

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Manchester

Salary: £60 - 75 a day

Posted: 7th November, 2018

Engineering & Resistant Materials Teacher

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Enfiled

Salary: MPS

Posted: 6th November, 2018

Media and Film Teacher

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Enfield

Salary: MPS

Posted: 6th November, 2018

Design Technology Technician

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Oldham

Salary: £60 - 75 a day

Posted: 6th November, 2018

KS2/3 Transition Teacher

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Manchester

Salary: MPS

Posted: 6th November, 2018

Primary SEND Teacher

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Croydon

Salary: MPS

Posted: 31st October, 2018

ASC Teacher

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Lambeth

Salary: MPS

Posted: 31st October, 2018

Youth Worker

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Croydon

Salary: £60 - 75 a day

Posted: 31st October, 2018

ASC Teaching Assistant

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Lewisham

Salary: £60 - 75 a day

Posted: 30th October, 2018

SEND Teaching Assistant

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Greenwich

Salary: £60 - 75 a day

Posted: 30th October, 2018

Secondary Teaching Assistant

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Lambeth

Salary: £60 - 75 a day

Posted: 30th October, 2018

Cover Supervisors

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Bolton

Salary: £65 - 75 a day

Posted: 29th October, 2018

Business Studies Teacher

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Bolton

Salary: MPS

Posted: 29th October, 2018

Supply Teachers

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Bolton

Salary: MPS

Posted: 29th October, 2018

Learning Mentor

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Stockport

Salary: £65 - 75 a day

Posted: 29th October, 2018

SEND Teaching Assistant

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Oldham

Salary: £65 - 75 a day

Posted: 29th October, 2018

SENDCO

Job Type: PermanentContract

Location: Southwark

Salary: DOE

Posted: 26th June, 2018

Humanities Teacher

Job Type: Permanent

Location: Luton

Salary: DOE

Posted: 6th June, 2018

Teacher of English (3 Posts)

Job Type: PermanentContract

Location: Luton

Salary: DOE

Posted: 6th June, 2018

Core Subject Tutors

Job Type: Temporary

Location: West Yorkshire

Salary: DOE

Posted: 6th June, 2018

Core Subject Tutors – Manchester

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Manchester

Salary: DOE

Posted: 6th June, 2018

Primary SEND Teacher

Job Type: Permanent

Location: Croydon

Salary: DOE

Posted: 4th June, 2018

Specialist ASC Teacher

Job Type: Permanent

Location: Lewisham

Salary: DOE

Posted: 4th June, 2018

English Teacher

Job Type: Permanent

Location: Oldham

Salary: DOE

Posted: 4th June, 2018

Teacher of Music 0.6

Job Type: Permanent

Location: Kirklees

Salary: DOE (Pro Rata)

Posted: 8th February, 2018

Teacher of Science

Job Type: Permanent

Location: Kirklees

Salary: DOE

Posted: 6th February, 2018

Teacher of English

Job Type: Permanent

Location: Kirklees

Salary: DOE

Posted: 6th February, 2018

Teacher of Mathematics

Job Type: Permanent

Location: Kirklees

Salary: DOE

Posted: 6th February, 2018

SEND TA

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Croydon

Salary: £60 - £70/day

Posted: 26th January, 2018

SEND TA

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Greenwich, London

Salary: £55 - £65 per day / DOE

Posted: 26th January, 2018

Key Stage 1 Teacher

Job Type: Contract

Location: Oldham

Salary: £100 - £150/day

Posted: 26th January, 2018

Part Time Music Teacher (Primary)

Job Type: Part Time

Location: Rochdale

Salary: £100 - £150 a day

Posted: 26th January, 2018

Teaching Assistant – Mainstream SEN – Behavioral Support

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Oldham

Salary: £11,212 - £13,650

Posted: 26th January, 2018

Long Term Supply Teaching Opportunities

Job Type: Permanent

Location: Rochdale

Salary: £18,525 - £29,250

Posted: 26th January, 2018

Teaching Assistant – Mainstream Special Needs Support

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Middleton, Rochdale

Salary: £11,212 - £13,650

Posted: 26th January, 2018

ASD Teacher

Job Type: Permanent

Location: Greenwich, London

Salary: £23,400 - £27,300

Posted: 19th January, 2018

Head of Humanities

Job Type: Permanent

Location: London E16

Salary: DOE

Posted: 18th January, 2018

NQT Science Teacher

Job Type: Permanent

Location: London E16

Salary: £25000

Posted: 18th January, 2018

Deputy Curriculum Leader for Maths

Job Type: Permanent

Location: London E16

Salary: DOE

Posted: 18th January, 2018

Speech and Language Teacher

Job Type: Permanent

Location: Lewisham, Greater London

Salary: DOE

Posted: 16th January, 2018

MFL Teacher

Job Type: Permanent

Location: Mansfield

Salary: £25000 - £50000

Posted: 16th January, 2018

Science Teacher

Job Type: Permanent

Location: Mansfield

Salary: £25000 - £50000

Posted: 16th January, 2018

English Teacher

Job Type: Permanent

Location: Kirklees

Salary: £25000 - £50000

Posted: 16th January, 2018

Maths Teacher

Job Type: Permanent

Location: Walkden

Salary: DOE £25000 - £50000

Posted: 16th January, 2018

Science Teacher (Experienced)

Job Type: Permanent

Location: Sheffield

Salary: DOE £25000 - £50000

Posted: 16th January, 2018

Science Teacher (NQT)

Job Type: Permanent

Location: Sheffield

Salary: 25000

Posted: 16th January, 2018

English Teacher (Experienced)

Job Type: Permanent

Location: Sheffield

Salary: DOE

Posted: 15th January, 2018

English Teacher (NQT)

Job Type: Permanent

Location: Sheffield

Salary: £24000

Posted: 15th January, 2018

Maths Teacher (Experienced)

Job Type: Permanent

Location: Sheffield

Salary: DOE

Posted: 15th January, 2018

Maths Teacher NQT

Job Type: Permanent

Location: Sheffield

Salary: £22917

Posted: 15th January, 2018

Experienced Teaching Assistant

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Lambeth, Greater London

Salary: £60 - £75 a day

Posted: 15th January, 2018

Subject Specialist Teachers

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Stockport

Salary: DOE

Posted: 15th January, 2018

Special Needs Teaching Assistant

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Tameside, Greater Manchester

Salary: £55 - £65 per day

Posted: 15th January, 2018

Special Needs Teaching Assistant

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Didsbury, Manchester

Salary: £55 - £65 per day

Posted: 15th January, 2018

Behaviour Mentor

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Tameside

Salary: £55 - £65 per day

Posted: 15th January, 2018

SEND Teaching Assistants

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Greenwich, Greater London

Salary: £60 - £70/day

Posted: 15th January, 2018

Art Teacher

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Southwark, Greater London

Salary: £125 - £160

Posted: 15th January, 2018

English Teacher

Job Type: Temporary

Location: Southwark, Greater London

Salary: £125 - £150/day equal to MPS

Posted: 15th January, 2018

SEND Primary School TA

Job Type: Contract

Location: Croydon

Salary: £11,700 - £13,650

Posted: 6th December, 2017

School Experience for Graduates

Job Type: Contract

Location: South London

Salary: £12500

Posted: 4th December, 2017

Supply Teacher

Job Type: Contract

Location: Manchester

Salary: £90 to £140 per day

Posted: 23rd November, 2017

SEN Teaching Assistant

Job Type: Contract

Location: Lewisham

Salary: £12,000 - £15,000

Posted: 23rd November, 2017

SEN Teacher

Job Type: Permanent

Location: Lewisham, South London

Salary: DOE

Posted: 23rd November, 2017

Supply Teacher

Job Type: Contract

Location: Oldham

Salary: DoE

Posted: 22nd November, 2017

Teacher Training

Job Type: Contract

Location: Manchester

Salary: £300 per week

Posted: 10th September, 2017

Teaching Assistant

Job Type: Permanent

Location: Manchester

Salary: £15,000 to £19,000

Posted: 10th September, 2017

Teaching Assistant

Job Type: Contract

Location: Stockport

Salary: £12,000 - £15,000

Posted: 27th August, 2017

Castles Education have been so helpful in finding me a role which suits me down to the ground. It was so good to talk to a recruiter who knows the industry so well and wasn't too salesy. The advice you gave me about how to improve my CV was really useful.
Alex Thompson
English Literature Teacher - Secondary School