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Geography isn’t just an important subject that teaches young people about the world around them – it’s also increasingly popular. That’s why good geography teachers are always in demand, and you could be eligible for a generous tax-free bursary to support you during your training. Alternatively, you could earn a salary while you train on School Direct (salaried) or with Teach First.
As a core academic subject of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), the number of students taking geography at GCSE level reached a nine-year high in 2013/14. But that’s not the only reason to teach the subject.
Your teacher training will set you up for long-term success on a career path where you get to use your knowledge to inspire young people’s interest in the world and its environment. You’ll develop the skills to devise and deliver enlightening lessons and teach pupils about our planet’s people, places, landscapes, processes and fascinating natural history.
In doing so, you can benefit from a competitive starting salary and excellent opportunities for rapid career progression. Exceptional teachers can reach leadership roles in just two years.
Subject knowledge enhancement courses and financial support
Don’t worry if you feel like you’ll need to brush up on your knowledge to teach geography. If the school(s) or university leading your training think you have the right skills to teach the subject but could do with refreshing your know-how, they might ask you to complete a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course to get you ready for your teacher training.
These courses are fully funded, and you could be eligible for a bursary of up to £7,200 to support you during your SKE course, should you need to take one. Your training provider will discuss this with you. Find out more.
Plus, even if your degree isn’t in geography, you may still qualify for a top-end bursary – it’s always worth enquiring with your chosen training provider about this. Find out more about funding for training to teach geography.
Get tax-free financial support of up to £27.5k
as a trainee geography teacher in 2017/18
Starting salary of up to£28k*
once qualified*Find out more
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