Get Into Teaching Blog

  1. A diary of a trainee teacher

    Published 7 October 2021
    By Mel O'Connor

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    Mel recently started a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) teacher training course in maths with the Sheffield Teacher Training Alliance and the University of Sheffield. She kept a diary of her first days on the course.

  2. Choosing the right teacher training course provider

    Published 30 September 2021
    By Get Into Teaching

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    When choosing a course provider for your teacher training, it’s important to consider what will suit your individual circumstances. Here are some tips on what you may wish to research.

  3. Back to school as a trainee teacher

    Published 28 September 2021
    By Jane Wilkinson

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    This September, trainee teachers across the country began their courses. Jacob describes their last-minute application and their first few days as a trainee.

  4. My first week as a trainee teacher

    Published 17 September 2021
    By Cindy Ventura

    Trainee teacher Cindy Ventura wearing a red polo shirt

    Cindy recently started the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) teacher training course at Sheffield University. She kept a diary during her first week on the course and shares her experiences here.

  5. 5 reasons to attend a Train to Teach event

    Published 26 August 2021
    By Get Into Teaching

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    Whether you’re ready to apply or it’s just an idea, here are five reasons why a Train to Teach event can help you on your journey to the classroom.

  6. The benefits of the Teachers' Pension Scheme

    Published 10 August 2021
    By Get Into Teaching

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    A teaching career offers a range of benefits including a secure pension that will help you save for your future. Here are six things that you need to know about the Teachers’ Pension Scheme.

  7. Abigail's career progression story

    Published 5 July 2021
    By Get Into Teaching

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    Abigail Beeley is a maths teacher at St John Fisher Catholic High School in Wigan. After achieving promotions in her NQT year and her third year of teaching, she has recently been appointed as Head of Maths six years into her career. Here, she shares her career progression story.

  8. Top tips for returning teachers

    Published 15 June 2021
    By Get Into Teaching

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    Do you already hold Qualified Teacher Status? Bring your valuable experience back to the classroom with help from the Department for Education.

  9. How to find school experience

    Published 22 April 2021
    By Get Into Teaching

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    Experiencing life in a school and a classroom can help you to decide whether teaching is right for you.

  10. Maria's return to teaching story

    Published 21 April 2021
    By Maria Bateson

    Returning teacher, Maria Bateson

    After more than 10 years outside of the profession, Maria re-entered the classroom in November 2020. She describes how and why she returned to teaching.

  11. How to ace a video interview

    Published 6 April 2021
    By Anna Shirley

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    From logistics to presentation, Sheffield SCITT communications manager Anna Shirley shares her top tips for video interviews.

  12. Overcoming challenges to become a teacher — Hearing impairment

    Published 22 March 2021
    By Habiba Cabdi

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    Habiba Cabdi offered to speak to Teacher Training Adviser, Jane Wilkinson, about the challenges faced by someone who lives with additional needs and their progress towards achieving the dream of becoming a teacher.

  13. Overcoming challenges to become a teacher — Autism

    Published 22 March 2021
    By Felix

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    Felix offered to speak to Teacher Training Adviser, Jane Wilkinson, about the challenges faced by someone who lives with additional needs and their progress towards achieving the dream of becoming a teacher.

  14. Why I became a teacher

    Published 1 February 2021
    By Giorgio Rubbo

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    Giorgio Rubbo talks about what inspired him to become a teacher, his application process, concerns he had, and why you should become a teacher if you're thinking about it.

  15. How to apply for teacher training

    A step-by-step-guide
    Published 25 January 2021
    By Get Into Teaching

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    From effective preparation, to submitting your application, we’ve broken down the whole process into manageable steps, so you can see exactly what’s involved.

  16. How to fund your teacher training

    Published 6 November 2020
    By Get Into Teaching

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    There are plenty of funding options available to support you during your teacher training year. You can access Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loans regardless of whether or not you have an existing student loan and you will only begin to repay these once you're earning more than £27,295.

  17. Managing behaviour in the classroom

    Published 9 October 2020
    By Get Into Teaching

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    Teacher training adviser Jane Wilkinson answers some common questions from aspiring teachers about behaviour management

  18. What to expect on your teacher training

    Published 6 March 2020
    By Jan Ashbridge

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    A university-based PGCE year is an exciting, challenging and exhilarating one — a real roller coaster of an experience. Find out more about what you can expect on your teacher training course.

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