Career changers

As a career changer, you’ll get the chance to use your life and work experience coupled with your passion for your subject to inspire young people. You’ll be responsible for ensuring children receive a quality education, setting them up to succeed in life. If you’re a qualified teacher considering coming back to teaching after pursuing another career (including if you qualified but never taught) you could access our Return to Teaching programme.  

Many people with established careers retrain as teachers every year, and making the switch is easier than you might think. When you decide to take that step, you will receive all the training and support you need to get ready for the classroom. 

There is lots of financial support in place to make your transition as easy as possible. During your training, you could benefit from a generous tax-free bursary or prestigious scholarship, so taking a year out to train is more viable. 

And if you want to train to teach maths or physics, you can now train on a part-time programme over two academic years, or complete an accelerated programme usually over two terms. 

If you’re thinking of applying but you’re not sure where to start, we’re here to help. When you register with us, you will get access to tailored one-to-one guidance from our dedicated advisers to help you through every step of your journey, including advice on financial support and childcare funding you may be eligible for.

We can also help you gain valuable experience of school life with the School Experience Programme. In addition, our regular online events can help you find out more about teacher training and what a career in teaching has to offer.

9 out of 10 newly qualified teachers were employed within six months of completing training

Progress your career into teaching

Just one year after completing his postgraduate teacher training, Owen Mather progressed to head of department. Four years later, he is now undertaking consultancy work at various schools alongside teaching.

Many aspects of the job attracted him to teaching – particularly the clear-cut career ladder. He explains: “There’s an open field of play, due to the fact that wherever you are, there’s always a school nearby offering opportunities.

“The salary is also much better than most expect. Although you may take a hit when you initially change careers, you can climb back up quickly.”

Read more about Owen’s move from senior research scientist to teacher.


If you need further information, call us on Freephone 0800 389 2500 or use our online chat service between 8am and 8pm.

On average, a teacher earns £37,800 a year

Watch our ‘Steps to becoming a teacher’ video to find out how your journey into teaching needn’t be complicated. Transcript (PDF, 207KB)

I do not regret my career in computing – it has contributed to my teaching skills. Becoming a teacher has been the best decision ever.

Steven Li, Deputy Director of Learning

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Train to Teach University of Cumbria

22 June 2017 15:00

This event in Lancaster will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.


Preparing for your teacher training

05 June 2017 18:30

Have you accepted a teacher training place for September 2017? Join us to find out how you can prepare for the best possible start.

Advice for First and Second Year Undergraduates

12 June 2017 18:30

This online event is for first and second year university students interested in teaching. Find out what you can do now that will help you make a great application for teacher training.

Support with your application

19 June 2017 18:30

This online event will provide hints and tips on how to draft a great personal statement.