Training to teach English

The job satisfaction of teaching English is hard to beat. You’ll put your knowledge to brilliant use by inspiring pupils of all abilities to achieve the best attainable levels of literacy.

English is a vital subject at the core of the curriculum, one that can be integral to young people’s long-term prospects and success. That’s why schools need the very best professionals and graduates to bring their skills as English teachers to the classroom. As part of the curriculum, you get to use your knowledge and creativity to:

  • provide your pupils with the ability to express themselves to the best standards, both verbally and in writing
  • help your class to become critical thinkers, working together to explore and dissect modern and classic literature
  • ensure students meet the mandatory minimum requirement at GCSE that further education and professions demand

Your training will have a strong focus on helping your classes to become effective communicators. You’ll learn the teaching methods and strategies that will help them hone their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills to stand them in good stead for the future.

And once you’ve qualified, you’ll benefit from a competitive starting salary of at least £22,467, or £28,098 in inner London. You'll also have lots of opportunities for rapid career progression and pay increases. 

Enhance your subject knowledge 

If you don’t have a degree in English, or need to refresh your knowledge, you could complete a fully funded subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course before you start your training. During the course, you could get a SKE bursary of up to £2,400 for a shorter course of 8-12 weeks and £5,600 for a 28-week course – find out more

In 2016/17,


of trainee English teachers had a 2:1 or first

Starting salary of up to


once qualified

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Upcoming events

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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.