Teaching is seen as one of the most rewarding careers for those involved. Inspiring and shaping the next generation is your responsibility.
Students that you handle will remember the lessons you have taught them, whether it’s their times tables or a lesson in manners, this knowledge will stick with them for the rest of their lives. Watching your students develop and grow provides job satisfaction like no other.
A career in teaching provides many benefits from a generous holiday allowance to a competitive salary. As a good teacher, you will always be in demand, meaning there is no shortage of positions available with many chances to climb the career ladder.
How to become a teacher.
To become a qualified teacher, you must gain a qualified teacher status (QTS). To train as a teacher you will need:
- A degree (or equivalent) of 2:2 or above.
- At least a GCSE grade C/4 or equivalent in English and Maths.
- To pass the Professional Skills Test for numeracy and literacy.
- To have declared any previous convictions and undergone criminal records check through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
What a teacher training course will offer.
- Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which is needed to teach as a qualified teacher in England.
- A minimum of 24 weeks of school experience, in at least 2 schools.
- Training to meet the Teachers’ Standards, which will include classroom management and making your subject accessible to your pupils.
- Expert academic and practical guidance from mentors and tutors who are there to help you succeed.
- Funding your teacher training.
- Student finance offer loans to cover the costs of tuition along with maintenance loans to assist you through the duration of your course.
- Depending on your subject and degree class, tax-free bursaries are available to fund training.
What skills are needed to become a successful teacher?
- Enthusiasm and in-depth knowledge for the subjects you teach.
- Awareness of how to inspire and motivate your pupils.
- Confidence in your ability to convey your knowledge to the students in an engaging and understandable way.
- Dedication, commitment and resilience.
- The ability to be patient and calm during stressful situations to deal with conflict.
- Integrity, which enables pupils, colleagues and parents/carers to be able to trust you as a teacher.
- A good sense of humour.
Once you have completed your teacher training and gained a qualified teacher status, you will be required to complete an induction year to become a fully qualified teacher. During this time, you must demonstrate that you meet the Teachers’ Standards.
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