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Get support training to teach if you're disabled

The experience and perspective of a diverse workforce is valued in school culture.

If you’re disabled, have a mental health condition or educational needs, you can get support to become a teacher.

Adjustments can help you train

Teacher training providers can make adjustments so that you can attend an interview or do the training. For example, they could:

  • organise equipment like a hearing loop or an adapted keyboard
  • put you in touch with support staff if you have a mental health condition
  • make sure classrooms are wheelchair accessible

Sharing that you’re disabled when you apply for teacher training(opens in new window) can help providers make adjustments.

Your rights

Providers must not discriminate against you. They cannot:

  • ask disability or health questions if they’re not relevant to your ability to become a teacher
  • reject your application because you’re disabled

Anyone who’s offered a place on a teacher training course is asked to complete a fitness questionnaire before starting training.

Training providers should only ask relevant questions to make sure you’re able to teach.

Know your rights(opens in new window).

Other support

You may be able to get support if you’re a student and you’re disabled, have a learning difficulty or health problem(opens in new window).

If you do paid training you may also be eligible for support(opens in new window).

AbilityNet(opens in new window) or Disability Rights UK(opens in new window) may also be able to help you identify technology or other adjustments to help you study.

A teacher training adviser can help support your application for teacher training, including funding, personal statements and finding the right course for you.