Teacher training stories

It’s a great time to train to teach, with a wide array of training options and support available. Find out what you can expect from current trainees and teachers. 

Making the most of your training year

Katherine Hills, banker turned teacherKatherine Hills, banker turned teacher
After a four-year career in investment banking, languages teacher Katherine decided to retrain, opting for a School Direct course to learn “on the job”. Read her tips on getting the most out of your training year, and find out why teaching has made her more passionate than ever about languages.
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Realising a dream

Nathan Sproule, School Direct (salaried) traineeNathan Sproule, School Direct (salaried) trainee
Nathan qualified through a School Direct (salaried) course so he could continue to earn while training for his new career. Here, he tells us all about what his training year involved, and the academic qualifications he achieved alongside qualified teacher status (QTS).
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Gain the confidence to make a difference

Emma Maskell, trainee science teacher
Career changer Emma admits to having been apprehensive when she first started her teacher training on a School Direct (salaried) course. But the support she received from mentors and peers during her on-the-job training gave her all the confidence she needed to excel in her new profession.
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Making a difference every day

Hasina Nizamee, biology teacher
When mother of two and career changer Hasina decided to train to teach, she opted for a School Direct course that would offer something that felt more like a work setting. She also benefited from a generous training bursary to support her during this hands-on, school-based route. Find out why she found teacher training so fulfilling.
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