Teaching Jobs for Post-Graduates

Have a degree and thinking of a career in Teaching?

Some people know they want to get in to teaching even before university, but not everyone knows the career path to take at such an early stage of their professional and personal development. Many people now study for degrees at university without feeling any great pull toward a specific career direction.

A career in teaching can be hugely rewarding both financially and in terms of life experience. It is a little known fact that graduates of any discipline can complete in–school training to become a fully qualified teacher. Even if long term, a career in teaching is not an absolute definite for you, working in education beyond your graduation could help you to make up your mind on a career in teaching, or could simply furnish you with an income and excellent work and life experiences.

Castles Education have strong relationships with schools throughout the UK who are eager to leverage the skills and energy that teaching or non-teaching graduated can bring to their schools and pupils. As ex-school senior leaders we know the qualities needed and the reward to be gained by working with children and in training to become a teacher.

If you have a degree and would like to know more about the short or long-term opportunities teaching may hold for you. speak to one of our team today on on 0161 914 9185 or register for an account and send us your CV.


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 in to a career in teaching 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. 

The need for graduates to make great teachers?

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.

Castles Education work with education providers who offer school based teacher training.

Where does it the training happen?

Castles Education can provide routes in to schools who offer school based, hands-on teacher training for graduates.

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.

With school based teacher training, 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 working as a teaching assistant previously, you may be able to prepare your portfolio more quickly.

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.

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 support through Castles 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.


How to apply

Call on 0161 914 9185 or email your CV to kelly@castleseducation.co.uk