Get into Teaching – your questions answered

So hopefully the recent Tales of a Trainee Teacher blog series has inspired you to take the next step towards your teaching career. But you have so many questions! “Will I get on the course? Where should I apply to? What different course options are available? How long are teaching courses? Will I get funding for my studies?” Look no further! I completely understand your confusion as I was in the same boat! So, in order to answer some of your questions about getting into teaching I have done lots of research and put together some answers below. 0058 What are my options? If you want to become a teacher in the UK then you have to complete Initial Teacher Training (ITT) in order to obtain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). There are a few different options available to you, including a university-based training course (PGCE), a school-based training course (Schools Direct or School-centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)), or through employment-based training (Teach First), which focuses on helping you to become an effective teacher in a challenging school. For more information on the different types of courses available to you see Teacher Training Options. What should I teach? Firstly think about what age you want to teach and whether you would prefer to specialise in just one subject or a range of subjects. Think back on any experience that you have with children and what ages you enjoyed working/interacting with the most. Below I have listed just a handful of aspects of teaching different ages, of course there are many other things to consider. Primary • Teaching all subjects in the primary curriculum • Teaching one age group and one class for a whole year • Working with children between the ages of 5-11 years • Responsible for developing the children’s social and life skills Secondary • Specialising in teaching one subject area • Teaching a range of different ages and classes across the school • Working with children between the ages of 11-18 years • Fostering and reinforcing the skills that the children have already learned in primary school You will also need to find out whether your degree subject is taught in secondary school or whether it is accepted for applications for primary teaching. If you have studied one of the shortage subjects including maths, physics, chemistry and modern foreign languages then you will have a much higher chance of securing a place on a course than those with non-priority subject degrees. Whether you know what you want to teach or you are unsure, it is crucial to get some experience in a UK school. Not only is this a requirement to apply for the course in most cases, a discussion point in your interview will be what you have learned and observed during your school experience. How can you demonstrate an understanding of the national curriculum, the way that children learn and the day to day activities of maintsteam schools if you haven’t recently visited one? For information on how to arrange your school placement then click here. Where should I study? Teaching courses are available at a wide range of institutions throughout the UK and there are many things to consider when deciding where to study. Are you going to live with your parents or guardians? Do you want to live near home? Can you afford to study in a city where living costs may be considerably higher than other cities? How will you fund your living costs if you’re studying away from home? Which universities offer the courses that you’re interested in e.g. any preferences for certain specialisms? Target jobs have put together a list of PGCE course providers in England and Wales which are arranged by geographical location. Consider where you want to work and browse through the different institutions and what they can offer you here. Who is eligible to apply? In order to be accepted onto a teacher training course then you will need to meet the minimum requirements. These will vary according to the institution and course that you are applying to, but generally include the following as an absolute minimum: • A degree with a 2:2 classification (although many institutions expect a 2:1) • Around 5-10 days observation experience in a UK school (at the level that you’re applying) • Grades C in GCSE maths, English and science Check your course provider for the exact requirements. How can I afford it? The Teaching Agency offer training bursaries to postgraduate students which are calculated according to the subject you decide to teach and your degree classification. To see how much you could receive visit their website. Student Finance also help postgraduates with the cost of their teacher training courses by offering tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and maintenance grants to both full-time and part-time England and EU students. To see what you are eligible to apply for see their website. When should I apply? Applications for teacher training courses generally open in the autumn (mid October – but it varies from year to year, sometimes it can be as late as November) and the applications are reviewed and places are offered on a rolling basis, applications can be made as late as August. Check the GTTR (Graduate Teacher Training Registry) in the upcoming months as the dates for 2014 applications should be announced soon. The application process will vary across insitutions but interviews will typically be held from the end of November to June the following year, and universities often have set dates in which you must be able to attend assessment days. More Information For more information on how to apply for a teacher training course then please visit the Department of Education www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/teacher-training-options. There is also an Introductory Guide to Teacher Training information sheet on the Careers pages of the student portal https://students.coventry.ac.uk/Careers/Pages/CareerDecisions.aspx produced by the Careers and Add+vantage team. The Tales of a Trainee Teacher blog series posted in the past few weeks has documented my experience working as a volunteer classroom assistant in a local primary school. The aim of the series was to highlight the importance of gaining work or observation experience in a school if teaching is a career that you are considering. It demonstrated how easily expectations can be challenged and how without it you probably wont have a true view of everything that teaching involves. • Tales of a Trainee Teacher: My StoryTales of a Trainee Teacher: First Day at SchoolTales of a Trainee Teacher: A Day of ChallengesTales of a Trainee Teacher: Finding my Authoritative VoiceTales of a Trainee Teacher: A Final Reflection Still have unanswered questions? Leave a comment below with your queries about teaching. Alternatively, give us a call on 02477652011 to book an appointment with a Careers Consultant. Michelle 🙂

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Posted on July 23, 2013, in Teaching and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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