Teacher training programmes for career changers

Many people with established careers retrain as teachers every year, and making the switch is easier than you might think. You could apply for Now Teach or Transition to Teach – these are bespoke teacher training support programmes developed exclusively for career changers.

The programmes are delivered in partnership with teacher training providers over two years, during which you’ll achieve Qualified Teacher Status and complete the Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) induction year.

Both programmes offer the flexibility for you to choose to fund your training through a tax-free bursary, and/or a Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan, with extra financial support if you’re a parent or have a disability. Alternatively, you could earn a salary while you train.

  • Now Teach are recruiting career changers in London, Hastings, the West Midlands and East Anglia
  • Transition to Teach are recruiting in the East Midlands and the north of England

If these programmes aren't available in your area or you're not eligible, you can still apply for teacher training that can also attract a bursary or salary.

Now Teach 

What’s on offer:

  • a salary, bursary or scholarship while you train, depending on your eligibility
  • depending on the school you are in, most Now Teachers work four days a week
  • monthly Now Teach peer support sessions
  • bespoke transitional support through the application and assessment process
  • advice about making the most of your past experience to benefit your school community
  • additional mentoring during your teacher training year and NQT year
  • continuous support regarding your training and employment
  • contribution to research and advocacy

Now Teach support those that are looking to start teaching in secondary schools and typically on a bursary or scholarship route. They are mainly looking for teachers to train in maths, computer science, languages (French and Spanish), geography and all sciences. Find out more about Now Teach and their programme on the  Now Teach website.

Transition to Teach

What’s on offer:

  • a salary or bursary while you train  
  • bespoke transitional support through the application and assessment process
  • additional mentoring during the teacher training year
  • early career support in the NQT year
  • support to help you and your school identify how existing skills and experience can be applied to the classroom environment

Transition to Teach are looking for teachers to train in maths, English, languages (French and Spanish), geography and all sciences. Find out more on the Transition to Teach website.