Training to teach languages
As a languages teacher you’ll be in demand. The government is committed to increasing the proportion of pupils gaining language qualifications, to do this there is a need for more languages teachers. Additionally, for schools to enter and achieve the English Baccalaureate, pupils will need to study a language GCSE. The most popular languages taught in schools are French, German and Spanish. If you’re a non-UK EU national, read our helpful summary on preparing for teaching - you could receive a tax-free bursary of £25k to train as a teacher.
Teaching languages introduces pupils to other cultures and improves their communications skills. A language GCSE can also give them an edge when applying to study a wide range of degree courses at university. In addition, languages will prepare them to compete in a global jobs market. In fact, around three quarters of employers responding to the CBI’s Education and Skills Survey 2015 said they needed their employees to have some foreign language skills.
So as a languages teacher you’ll not only be providing pupils the chance to become fluent in another language, you’ll be providing them a solid platform from which they can succeed in life.
On top of the job security and satisfaction, teaching languages also offers a competitive starting salary of at least £22,467, or £28,098 in inner London and a diverse range of opportunities for rapid career progression.
You could benefit from tax-free financial support while you train – either as a £27,500 scholarship, or a £25,000 bursary to support your training. Alternatively, you could earn a salary if you train on a School Direct (salaried) course or with Teach First.
Language teachers often teach two languages in their school. In order to equip you with the subject knowledge to teach an additional language and to increase your employment prospects, you can now complete two subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) courses to refresh your main teaching language and to study another language. Your training provider will decide the length of each SKE course you may need, but it is expected that a SKE course to refresh your main language should take around eight weeks and a SKE course in another language should take up to 28 weeks. Both courses will be fully-funded and can take place before or during your teacher training.
There’s even support in place before you apply. With a 2:2 degree or higher, you could be eligible for our free Premier Plus adviser service. This will give you access to free tailored advice from a teaching professional throughout the application process.
Get tax-free financial support of up to £27.5k
as a trainee languages teacher in 2017/18
Get your own dedicated adviser –
an experienced teaching professional throughout the application process
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