About Department for Education
Get Into Teaching is a free service provided by the Department for Education to give information and advice to those who at looking at a career in teaching. The service provides expert advice and support to prepare a strong application to teacher training.
To help attract graduates with the potential to be exceptional teachers, a range of tax-free bursaries and prestigious scholarships are now available.
Why work for us
Good teachers are in demand and there are excellent employment prospects – in fact, once you’ve qualified, you’ll benefit from a competitive starting salary of at least £24,373, or £30,480 in inner London. You’ll also have opportunities for rapid career progression, pay increases and a generous pension.
During your training year, you could benefit from a tax-free bursary of up to £26,000 or apply for a scholarship of up to £28,000 awarded to the most gifted trainees in physics, maths, chemistry, computing, languages or geography in partnership with highly regarded professional subject associations.
Training and development
Postgraduate teacher training courses are available across England, led by universities or schools. The course you choose will depend on your subject, degree class and location. Whichever course you choose, your training will largely be the same. If you don't have a degree, you can gain a degree and qualified teacher status (QTS) together on an undergraduate course.
All teacher training courses will offer:
- qualified teacher status (QTS), which is needed to teach as a qualified teacher in England
- plenty of classroom experience in at least two schools – a minimum of 24 weeks of school experience
- training to meet the Teachers’ Standards, which will include classroom management and making your subject accessible to your pupils
- expert academic and practical guidance from mentors and tutors who are there to help you succeed
Most courses will also offer a postgraduate qualification, usually a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
What we are looking for
We are looking for high-quality graduates that want to make their degree, knowledge and skills really count and use your creativity to bring your subject to life. You’ll be committed to ensuring all pupils have the chance to fulfil their potential in a subject that can change their lives for the better.
To train to teach as a teacher at secondary level, you’ll need a degree, and a standard equivalent GCSE grade C or 4 in maths and English.