Getting into teaching – key info and resources from the Information Services Team

Posted in: Career Choice, Postgraduate Study, Work Experience

If you’re thinking about a career in teaching after your course then here is some headline information and key resources to start you off with.

Applications for 2019 teacher training courses are now open, so if you’re in your final year then now is the time to finalise your application. There are usually no fixed deadlines for applications but there are a limited number of places per course. Training courses in competitive subject areas such as Primary and secondary PE can fill up really quickly – sometimes in just a few weeks! So make it a priority to find out when you need submit your application to be in with a good chance of success.

If you are ready to go and would like some feedback on your application or personal statement, book a ‘CV and applications advice’ appointment via MYFuture.

The main source of information for anyone considering teacher training in England and Wales should be the Department for Education’s Get into Teaching website. It contains loads of key information and if you register on the site (quick and easy to do) then most applicants will be able to access tailored, personalised support, starting with a telephone call-back from an adviser and a personal checklist aimed at guiding you through the whole process.

Full details about free ‘Train to Teach’ events are listed here; the next event takes place at Bristol on 16 October 2018. This is an opportunity to hear about the various routes into teaching, receive personalised advice on your UCAS application and to talk to teachers in the region.

You can also book onto the School Experience Programme (SEP) via the Get into Teaching website. Classroom experience is essential to help you decide if teaching is right for you and to strengthen your application. You can also get all of the most up-to-date funding information and help with the professional skills tests, which all candidates for teacher training have to pass.

Another useful website to consider is the TARGET Postgrad section on teaching and education. The breakdown of the different routes into teaching is really useful on this site and provides a detailed overview of each of the main options.

Last year, one of our Careers Advisers wrote a detailed two-part blog for students thinking about teaching, including details on the support available for international students and those with a disability. Be aware that things in the world of teacher training can change rapidly, so some details may need checking, but for a wealth of information, read it in full here.

If you prefer to browse your information in hard copy then we have a few books in the Careers Service you could come and peruse. Getting into Primary Teaching and Working in Teaching are accessible, clearly written and neatly packaged books which would be useful for anyone wanting to explore their motives for teaching and find out more about learning to become a teacher. We also have a copy of Success! Passing the Professional Skills Test for Teachers, which is full to the brim with practice exercises, guidance and strategies on passing these mandatory tests.

And last but not least, we have upcoming events on campus aimed at those of you interested in this career path. We have a Careers Service Panel event: Getting into Teaching on 30 October and various talks and workshops from TeachFirst. Search ‘Events’ for full details and to book via MyFuture.

Remember that you don’t need an appointment to get expert information and resource suggestions the Information Services Team. Pop in, call us on 01225 386009, email us at or ask us a question in MyFuture.

Posted in: Career Choice, Postgraduate Study, Work Experience


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