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Teacher training advisers

Teacher training advisers give you free, one-to-one help and support.

They’re all former teachers with lots of experience, so they know the process inside out.

What an adviser can do for you

It's tailor-made to individual needs. I received an abundance of help.

An adviser can give you as much or as little help as you need.

Other trainee teachers say they are particularly helpful with:

  • arranging school experience
  • seeking out financial support
  • writing a personal statement
  • preparing for interviews

Meet Emma, a teacher training adviser

Helping you decide if teaching is right for you

[My adviser] was extremely helpful as well as thoughtful and understanding.

Teaching is an exciting career, but if you have caring responsibilities, people dependent on your earnings, or you are living with a disability you might need some help to take your next step.

Your adviser can help you navigate your path into teaching, and make sure you get any additional help that is available. Your adviser will be just a call, message or email away.

Meet Simon, a teacher training adviser

Already applied and been unsuccessful?

Our advisers can help make your next application stronger. They’ll help you:

  • act on any feedback
  • understand the qualifications you need to become a teacher
  • improve your personal statement

Are you ready for an adviser?

To sign up, you’ll need (one of the following):

  • a bachelor’s degree with honours, grade 2:2 or higher
  • to be a final year student studying for a bachelor’s degree with honours, with a predicted grade of 2:2 or higher
  • an overseas qualification equivalent to a bachelor’s degree with honours, grade 2:2 or higher

If you’re applying from overseas, you can check your qualifications by calling us on 0800 389 2500.

If you’re a returning teacher who already has qualified teacher status (QTS), you’ll need to be returning to teach at a secondary school in England to get an adviser.

Get a teacher training adviser

Teacher training advisers can help you with everything related to applying for teacher training.

Not a final year student or graduate?

You can still get an adviser if you’re an undergraduate student not in your final year.

Our explore teaching advisers can help you find out what teaching is really like.

Find out more about explore teaching advisers.

Find out how a teacher training adviser helped:

After 20 years as a BBC Producer, Charlotte was ready for a change. She knew she wanted to teach science and work in the public sector, but the idea of a whole new career seemed intimidating. Her teacher training adviser supported her through the switch.

“I had registered an interest with Get Into Teaching, and the call from my teacher training adviser, Simon, really focused my attention into teaching. I probably would not have pursued teaching without this support, as at first the prospect seemed rather daunting. His advice was invaluable - he was very encouraging right from the start and took me through the process in small, easily manageable steps,” says the now biology trainee.

Having a friendly, practical advisor responding to questions and emails was so helpful. He provided unbiased, useful advice at every stage.

“Most importantly, Simon also set me up with great school experience which kick-started my journey into teaching. Once this was completed, it was just a matter of going through the application process and he couldn’t have been more supportive with this.”

“Simon’s help along the way made it so much easier - from advising on referees to proofreading my personal statement. He took a great deal of care and I really felt he wanted me to succeed. I’ve also already recommended the Teacher Training Adviser service to two friends considering maths teaching.”

“Everyone experiences cold feet at some point during the application process, but keep on thinking that you will soon be qualified for a wonderful, fulfilling job. I am very excited and cannot wait to start teaching.”

After 25 years in industry, Matt wanted to switch careers and do something where he could really make a difference. He enjoyed helping his daughter with her maths homework, but didn’t know where to start. By chatting through his options with his teacher training adviser, he was able to navigate his way into an exciting new career.

“The Teacher Training Adviser service is an essential advisory programme which answers all the questions that a potential trainee may need assistance with at every stage of moving into teaching. It’s also free, so don’t think twice about using this service.”

“I wouldn’t have known where to go or what to do without my adviser, Simon. He took me through the requirements of my teacher training application. Additionally, I received significant advice on the two routes into teaching and the tax-free bursaries. Importantly, I was provided with advice on my personal statement where you have to write about why you want to become a teacher.”

“The advice provided was invaluable. The service took my application from good to excellent.”

With a degree and 20 years’ worth of professional experience, Sue decided she wanted to use her passion for geography to inspire young people about the natural world. The move was made even easier by her adviser, who was able to tailor advice and support to Sue’s circumstances.

“I found it most helpful to have each step of the teacher training process explained to me, as this helped me to identify what I needed to do at each stage. There’s also quite a lot of confusing terminology used around teaching and my adviser helped me get to grips with this. Additionally, the constructive feedback I received was especially useful, especially for my personal statement.”

“The support is tailored to your needs rather than being a generic ‘one size fits all’ approach. There were some parts of the support that I didn’t need and others that I definitely did.”

“I was supported throughout the application process – specifically for me I was provided support with my personal statement, interviews and with the skills tests. Importantly, my adviser helped with arranging my school experience to support my application,” says the now geography trainee.

There’s a peace of mind that comes with knowing there’s someone you can ring or email. Without the Teacher Training Adviser service, I wouldn’t have pursued my application. I would recommend you should take the plunge, take the support on offer and get going!

With your own dedicated and highly experienced adviser, you’ll receive a programme of free support at each stage of the application process. Your teacher training adviser will help you maximise your chance of submitting a successful application and help you smoothly transition into your exciting new career.

With his professional background in computing, trainee teacher Stuart really wanted to pass on his knowledge to others: “I personally found mentoring and studying in my subject very rewarding and in turn wanted to give back my enthusiasm to new generations of students.”

And the transition into teaching was made even easier for Stuart with free support from his teacher training adviser. By registering for the service he was offered guidance from an experienced teaching professional throughout his journey into teaching.

“Coming into teaching late, my professional experience didn’t prepare me for the teacher training application process. However, my adviser provided the guidance, support and confidence I needed to make a successful application.”

The service will encourage and support you to maximise your potential, so that you can successfully apply for teacher training.

“My adviser was extremely helpful and proved invaluable to me successfully starting my teacher training. From:

  • reviewing my personal statement
  • interview techniques - the interview process can feel quite daunting, but my adviser was on hand to provide me with the right skills to prepare
  • understanding the importance of the two references that were crucial to the success of my application – and answering any other teaching-related queries.”

“I would highly recommend the Teacher Training Adviser service to anyone wishing to apply for teacher training - having personalised one-to-one advice and expert knowledge throughout the application stages are extremely helpful for successfully applying.”

With your dedicated and highly experienced adviser, you’ll receive a programme of tailored support at each stage of the application process.