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How to get into teaching

So, you want to teach, that’s amazing! What are the next steps?

If you’ve just graduated, you're studying for a degree or you want to change your career, take a look at the Get into Teaching website to help you understand what training you need to do to get qualified teacher status (QTS).

Choose the right course for you

The first thing you need to do, if you want to become a teacher is to complete an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) course. There are many different routes into teaching within our region. Visit our ITT page where you can find out more about the different courses available.

Find a provider

See our list of ITT providers in the region to help you choose a suitable provider.

Get some school experience

If you are looking to get some school experience and would like a taste of what it’s like to work as a teacher, then come along to our ‘Get School Experience’ days. You’ll get the chance to observe lessons, speak to current teachers and trainees, see how classrooms are managed and learn more about teacher training. Get School Experience days are also great to include on your application form. 

Complete an application form

Take a look at our How to apply page for details on how to apply for a teacher training course.

Attend the interview

If your application has been successful, you will be invited to interview where you will have the chance to talk about why you want to become a teacher and discuss your skills and experience with the provider. This will be your chance to sell yourself, meet the provider and discuss your skills and experience and explain why you want to become a teacher.

The interview will generally consist of a formal interview, a written task, and you may also be required to deliver a plan and deliver a short lesson.  

Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE)

You may be required to complete a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course before you start your teacher training to top-up your subject knowledge in a specific subject.

Keep in touch

After successful interview, you will be offered a place. Most providers will keep in touch with you throughout the year to keep you updated on key dates and provide you with information on how to prepare for your course.

Start the course

Courses usually start in September and some providers may ask you to attend some course information or welcome events where you will get the chance to meet other trainees and staff from your provider.


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