Train to Become a Teacher

Why become a teacher?

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.

Teaching is a job that offers a great deal of variety.  Each year, teachers get to work with a new group of students with unique personalities, experiences and ideas. Teachers can introduce new topics into the courses, change the way they teach a particular topic or design new classes to keep things new and exciting each year.

Your life as a teacher will allow you to be creative, interactive and engaging. Children are both easily amused and very amusing, so working with them provides many opportunities for laughter.

Entering the teaching profession brings a high level of responsibility and opens up the real prospect of development.  From moving into leadership positions, completing professional qualifications and managing your own teams the opportunities are endless.

What qualifications do I need to be a teacher?

The minimum qualifications you need to be a teacher are:

  • a university degree
  • GCSE Mathematics and English

You will also need to pass the Professional Skills Test for Numeracy and Literacy. 

How to become a teacher

There are various ways to become a teacher.  The route which is best for you will depend on your personal circumstances.

Whichever route you choose, the aim is to reach qualified teacher status (QTS).

PGCE

A Postgraduate Certificate in Education is an academic qualification which is awarded alongside QTS as part of all university led teacher training courses as well as some other school-based routes.  You will normally pay a fee of around £9,000 to study a PGCE.

School Based

If you train to become a teacher in a school based programme, you will earn a salary from day one.  You will work in the classroom as a teaching assistant or similar support role and build up your skills and experience gradually. School based teacher training is free.

To apply for a school based teacher training programme with Castles Education call Dean on 0161 914 9185

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