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1. Teaching as a career is highly rewarding, fulfilling and has a real impact upon lives.   

2.There are many potential routes and pathways into a career within education  

3. Early Career Teachers are provided with a two year supportive programme  

4.Teaching has many additional benefits

5. Education provides multiple opportunities for CPD and Career Development

Interested in the Research?

Get into Teaching: Department for Education (2023) https://getintoteaching.  

Delivering worldclass teacher development: GOV (2022) ://assets.publishing.service.






Prefer to watch?

First Two Years: Tips for having a successful first 2 years as a teacher with Samir Richards  Early Career Teaching: How to thrive, not just survive    

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TeacherTalk: Why Teach?

Welcome to our educational blog. Here we explore all things pertinent to education, discuss current topics and provide tips, from research and educational experts, to aid practice.


If you are considering a career change or have a passion for creating a legacy, then consider teaching. As a teacher, I’d argue that no other profession gives you a greater sense of purpose, achievement and impact upon so many incredible individuals. From the sea of wonderful faces to working with passionate, remarkable colleagues - you really can’t imagine the difference you will make on a daily basis. 

What are the routes into teaching?

Within the UK, teacher training is provided by a variety of institutions, including: universities; schools, and training organisations. It’s important that you research what type of training and provider is best for you. Whatever you pick, ensure you check that the programmes on offer are fully accredited by your chosen provider to ensure you achieve qualified teacher status (QTS) upon completion of your course, which enables you to teach in any educational setting. 

What Years? Subject? Or Educational Setting do I want to teach in? 

Educational settings offer a wealth of potential career opportunities and pathways. Do you want to work with Early Years students? In a Primary setting, Secondary or even, Post-16? The answer to this question is entirely your choice and decision. If you are unsure, take time to speak with individuals in roles and settings that you think you’d like and better still, see if you can gain any first-hand experience. 

Here are some of the main teacher training providers in the UK but this is not a fully extensive list: 

1. Universities: Many universities across the UK offer teacher training programs, including Bachelor of Education (BEd) degrees, Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) courses, and other specialised teacher training programs. These programs typically combine academic study with school placements to prepare aspiring teachers.

2. School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) Providers: SCITTs are school-based teacher training programs. SCITTs provide hands-on training in school settings.

3. Teach First: Teach First provides a unique two-year leadership development programme for high-achieving graduates. Participants work as teachers in challenging schools while working towards QTS and a master's degree.

4. School Direct: School Direct is a school-led teacher training program that allows schools to recruit and train their own teachers. Training is delivered in partnership with a university or SCITT. School Direct offers both salaried and non-salaried routes.

5. Further Education Colleges: If you want to teach in further education (FE) colleges, you can find teacher training programs offered by these colleges themselves. FE colleges also partner with universities to deliver teacher training.

6. Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) Providers: Specialised EYITT programs are available for those interested in teaching early years (ages 0-5). These programs prepare teachers to work in nurseries, preschools, and early years settings but they do not award QTS.

7. Online and Distance Learning Providers: Various institutions and organisations offer online and distance learning options for teacher training, allowing flexibility for those who may not be able to attend traditional in-person programs.

8. Apprenticeship Providers: Higher apprenticeships can be a route to teacher training, especially in further education. These programs combine on-the-job training with academic study.

The start of your career

As an Early Careers Teacher (ECT), you’ll receive two years of support, training and continual development. Support for each ECT is through the Early Career Framework (ECF) and once completed, leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). 

As an ECT in your first two years of teaching, some of the support you will receive consists of the following: 

  • Mentoring and Coaching
  • Reduced Teaching Load
  • Structured Training
  • Assessment (against the Teacher Standards: Year 1).
  • Collaborative Learning Communities
  • Structured induction process
  • Professional Development and Growth opportunities

The benefits of teaching

Highly Rewarding and Fulfilling Career Choice Teaching is an incredible career choice. It provides you with an opportunity to work with passionate colleagues and role models. You will have the opportunity to impact lives and future generations on a daily basis - forging wonderful professional relationships with your students, parents and wider community. You will also get the chance to work in an area you are passionate about e.g. if you pick a subject at Secondary or further education and be given constant opportunities for CPD and career progression (should you wish for it). The list continues and teaching really is an incredibly fulfilling career choice. 

Qualified Teacher Salary As a qualified teacher, your salary will depend on the type of school you work in, where the school is, and the pay range you’re on. Academies and private schools can determine their own pay scales but often use the pay ranges applied by local authorities. The starting salary, as a qualified secondary or primary teacher in England, as of September 2023 is £28,000 (potentially more for London based schools). You may also receive additional payments, often called Teaching and Learning Responsibility for taking on an additional responsibility within your school e.g. Becoming a Head of Department, Literacy Lead or Senior Staff member. 

Career Progression Within Education, Continual Professional Development (CPD) ensures teachers are continually supported, progress and develop within their careers. This is part of the DfEs ‘Golden Thread’ 

Holidays Education offers more holidays than many other professions. In school, full-time teachers work 195 days per year.

Pensions Teachers are entitled to The teachers’ pension scheme, which gives an employer contribution of 23.6% (at present).

To Conclude

Take a moment to have a read of the links and watch our videos to see if a career in Education could be right for you. You never know - it might be just what you were looking for!


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