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Teacher training advisers

Teacher training advisers give you free, one-to-one support, whether you’re just thinking about teaching or you’re ready to apply.

They have years of teaching experience and can answer all your questions about life in the classroom, as well as how you can get there.

They would answer any question I had, small or big, in a relaxed environment.

How does it work?

You’ll be matched with your own dedicated adviser. You’ll have the same adviser throughout your journey into teaching.

How often you talk to them is up to you – this could be every week for more than a year, or just a few times for some one-to-one support.

You can chat by phone, or by:

  • email
  • text
  • WhatsApp

How can your adviser help you?

If teaching is just an idea

Your adviser can talk to you about what teaching is really like and help you understand if it’s right for you.

They can:

  • talk through your questions and any doubts ​
  • help you find school experience
  • explain the steps to becoming a teacher

If you’re ready to apply

Your adviser can talk you through the application process step by step.

They can support you with:

  • writing your personal statement
  • understanding your different training options
  • preparing for interviews
  1. Habiba, teacher with a hearing impairment

    The application process went smoothly thanks to the help of my teacher training adviser, Ellie.

If you’ve applied and been unsuccessful

Your adviser can help you improve your application if you were not successful the first time around.

They can help you:

  • act on any feedback
  • make your application stronger

If you’re thinking about returning to teaching

Your adviser can help you understand how to get back into teaching if you already have qualified teacher status (QTS).

They can help you:

  • brush up on your subject knowledge
  • find a role
  1. Stephen, returning teacher

    [My teacher training adviser] took considerable time to understand my situation.

Can I get 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
  • an overseas qualification equivalent to a bachelor’s degree with honours, grade 2:2 or higher

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.

If you completed your degree overseas, you can call us to check your qualifications on 0800 389 2500.

Get an adviser

Answer a few questions about your situation and we'll match you with an adviser.

If you’re a veteran

If you’re a veteran, you do not need to have or be studying for a degree to get support from an adviser.

Call us on 0800 389 2500 to get an adviser.

Our telephone service is available Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 5:30pm, except on bank holidays(opens in new window).

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.

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