Taking Up Teaching
Since the days of the credit crunch, job security and stability has become a beacon that some see as a vital part of their career and perhaps, an important factor in the surge of interest into entering the systems of becoming a teacher.
The basic requirements for anyone to consider teaching in their future, are grade C (or above) GCSE’s in English and maths, and if you’re looking to teach primary or key stage 2/3 ((ages 7-14), a science subject to the same GCSE standard.
The routes through teacher training are many and varied, depending on how far or high you wish to go, or how far you have been along the education systems or workplace world.
There are three basic lanes that take you into teaching, undergraduate teacher training, postgraduate teacher training, and employment based teacher training.
Whichever route is the option for you, it will be a mixture of academic style learning and “hands on” classroom experience.
A popular route for many primary school teachers is a three to four year course to achieve a Batchelor of Education (BEd) which gives initial teacher training along with a degree, needing a minimum of two A levels as entry requirements.
Another recognised undergraduate route which requires the same entry qualification of two A levels give the opportunity of a BA or Bsc with QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) which is also can be either three or four yours.
The post graduate certificate in education (PGCE), is, at full time, a one year course which rather assumes you know your academic stuff, and concentrates wholly developing teaching skills.
This certificate includes at least eighteen weeks of practical classroom teaching, with at least twelve weeks of tutorials and college seminars, or the School-Centred initial Teacher Training which is actually the same length course, (one year), but concentrates more heavily on the classroom syllabus and less on the college side.
In the uncertain world of employment in certain sectors of industry and commerce, and possibly across the whole commercial spectrum, there are the possibilities to embark upon a second career by joining one of three main options to becoming a teacher.
A very popular option is the Graduate Teacher Programme, which is a year in length and pays a basic salary. The salary amount varies with location and job experience.
Non graduates can enter the system with the Registered Teacher Programme, which provides the same salary, but is a two year course.
Teach First is open to those who graduated with a minimum 2:1 degree, and can display positive skills such as leadership and original thinking. This course is often seen as a spring board to higher levels within the teaching hierarchy, and will include a two year inner-city secondary school challenging environment.