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

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