Teacher training will set you up to succeed from the very beginning. The variety of opportunities available means you’re always learning as a teacher and adding to your range of professional skills. You’ll develop the talents to succeed in your career, and realise many professional and personal ambitions.
Being a leader in a school could encompass a number of different roles, from taking charge of a year group or a particular key stage, all the way up to becoming a deputy or headteacher. In these areas you’ll have a large influence in the school, setting high standards and ensuring continuous improvement throughout the school.
There are also schemes such as the Future Leaders accelerated leadership programme, which offers opportunities to qualified teachers who are ready to lead challenging secondary schools and tackle educational disadvantage.
Focus on your subject
If you’re passionate about your subject area, you can pursue a career as a head of department or even as a leading practitioner. In these positions you’ll still have time in the classroom, but enjoy additional responsibilities – from training new teachers to acting as a leading authority on your subject within the school.
If you’re particularly interested in ensuring the welfare of students throughout their education, a pastoral role might be for you. This can range from guiding a tutor group through school to becoming a head of year. You could also take on the role of a mentor for young people with special educational needs.
A salary to match your talent
The pay rises generally happen quickly too – and recent reforms mean that schools now have more freedom over how to pay their teachers. This means that your salary will be linked more closely to performance, so you can get out what you put in and access greater rewards even earlier in your career – find out more about teachers’ salaries.
Early Career Framework
As part of the Department’s Recruitment and Retention Strategy, which launched in January 2019, the DfE published the Early Career Framework. This sets out what all early career teachers should learn about and learn how to do. It has been developed in close partnership with the profession and draws on the best available research evidence, and has been designed around the most effective forms of professional development. The framework is underpinned by an entitlement to a funded, two-year package of structured training and support for early career teachers.
Early roll out of the framework will take place from September 2020 in the North East, Doncaster, Bradford and Greater Manchester, with national roll out starting in September 2021. Find out more about the framework.
Financial support for teacher training
08 April 2020 - 13:00
Find out about the range of financial incentives and support available to help fund your teacher training. Our panel will answer all of your questions about bursaries, scholarships and salaried School Direct courses. We'll also discuss the eligibility criteria for bursaries and scholarships, and how to apply for financial support.
Change career to teaching
04 May 2020 - 19:30
Considering changing career to teaching? Not sure about the next step? Our teaching advisers will discuss the different routes available to help you retrain and experiences of the obstacles faced when changing career.
Secondary school teaching
11 May 2020 - 19:30
This online event will provide advice on all things secondary teaching. It will offer helpful hints and tips on the different training options available and how to choose the right option for you.