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Explore my options

There are plenty of great ways to make a difference by getting into teaching. How you go about it will depend on your personal circumstances, qualifications, and the subject and age group you want to teach.

If you want to train as a primary or secondary teacher, you can explore your options using the boxes below.


As a teacher, you can use your passion to inspire the next generation and make a difference. Use this section to find out more about the different subjects you can teach.

Secondary subject options

Because you’ll be teaching your subject from key stage 3 right through to A level, you’ll get to see pupils’ understanding develop over the years you teach them. You may also be eligible for a tax-free scholarship or bursary to support your training – even if your degree isn’t in the subject you want to teach.

Priority subjects

These secondary subjects are particular priorities, so attract additional support and higher levels of funding. Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) courses are also available for eligible candidates who want to enhance their knowledge so that they can teach a priority subject.

Training options

Whether you’d like your training to be led by a school or a university, there’s a training course available to suit you. Explore this section to find out which is the best fit for you.


There’s lots of support available to help fund your teacher training, including tax-free training bursaries. What you’re eligible for will depend on your degree class, course, and subject.

Primary funding options

​Tax-free bursaries are available for trainee primary teachers with a 2:1 or above, with higher financial incentives if you want to train for a primary maths specialism and have a 2:2 or higher. If you’re not eligible for a bursary, you can still access standard loans and grants to cover your tuition fees. Your training provider will make the final decision on eligibility for financial support, so it’s worth asking what might be available to you before you apply.

Secondary funding options

​The subjects that attract bursaries and scholarships are listed below. If you are not eligible for this support, you can still access standard loans and grants to cover your tuition fees. The schools and universities that lead teacher training make the final decision on trainees’ eligibility for financial support – so it’s worth asking what might be available to you before you apply.

Upcoming events

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  • Teach Surrey - Information Events

    06 October 2015 AT 09:30

    Come and find out why you should train to teach with Teach Surrey (accredited by George Abbot SCITT). Learn how we run our programme and get tips on your application.

    Guildford Open
  • Get Into Teaching – Education overseas?

    06 October 2015 AT 11:00

    An information event at Lampton School for those with overseas education.

    Hounslow Open
  • Wildern Partnership SCITT information evening

    06 October 2015 AT 17:00

    The Wildern Partnership SCITT offers a school-based, high-quality, cross-phase and coherent training programme, which is continually developed to your individual needs. The evening will include a presentation at 5.15pm and will be followed by the opportunity to meet the team, ask questions and meet some current and past trainees.

    Southampton Open
  • Train to Teach at Poole High 061015

    06 October 2015 AT 17:00

    Our Train to Teach Roadshows are designed to provide you with a wealth of information on pursuing a career in teaching and how to apply for training in your region. To help you get the most out of the event, we strongly encourage you to attend a presentation when you first arrive. These 45-minute sessions run once every hour, providing general guidance on the routes into teaching and invaluable information on writing a great application. After attending a presentation, you can find out more by: • speaking to our teaching experts at the National College for Teaching and Leadership stand; they can give you one-to-one advice on your training options • meeting initial teacher training (ITT) providers from your region, who can tell you about the courses they offer and their entry requirements • meeting School Direct schools within your region, who can tell you more about the places they have on the School Direct Training Programme • meeting with current participants from ITT providers If you haven’t registered with us already, you’ll need to create an account on this site to book a place at this Train to Teach event. Once you’ve registered, you can also log in at any time to book places at other events near you, or take part in our online events.

    Poole Open