Why I chose to teach
Assistant headteacher, Grace Wilcox, talks about her career progression, her motivations, and the pride she experiences daily as a teacher.
“My own experience of education had a big impact. I had some great teachers, who I still keep in contact with via email. I applied for university because of two specific teachers; my life could have been different without them. In fact, my maths teacher helped me to realise my potential and I successfully applied for a place at Oxford. With the extra time and encouragement she provided, I went from a grade C to a grade A within a year. My teachers were among the reasons I was inspired to teach.”
“Now that I’m teaching, I love the variety teaching brings; no two days are really the same. This includes the many rewards – from seeing those lightbulb moments, to ensuring pupils get back on track.”
“So far I’ve done very well in my teaching career. It is helpful that my school encourages career development and help me to pursue my goals. In my first year, I was a lead maths teacher and took on additional responsibilities, which facilitated my career progression. Currently, I’m an assistant head, which is a position I’ve had for over three and a half years.”
To those considering teaching, it’s hard work but you have to ask; is there any other career that would be as rewarding? Probably not.
There’s no better time to start teacher training, you’ll also be financially supported – you could receive a bursary of £26,000 while you train as a teacher. There’s even support before you apply, when your register with Get Into Teaching.
Teacher training options
22 July 2019 - 18:30
Looking for a career with a real purpose? Join this online event to find out more about teaching as a career and the different routes you can take to qualify as a teacher in England. Our panel of experts will help you decide which route is best for you and provide lots of advice to kick start your new career.
Return to teaching
25 July 2019 - 18:30
Considering a return to teaching? Not sure about the next step? Our teaching advisers will discuss the different routes available to help you return, answering questions on arranging school experience, subject knowledge enhancement, preparing your application and finding vacancies.
Preparing for your teacher training
29 July 2019 - 18:30
If you've been accepted on a teacher training course, this online event is for you. Our panel of experts will provide useful resources and share hints and tips to help prepare you for your first day in school.
Change career to teaching
05 August 2019 - 18:30
Considering changing career to teaching? Not sure about the next step? Our teaching advisers will discuss the different routes available to help you retrain. Our panel will also include a teacher who will share his or her experiences of the obstacles they faced when changing career.