A guide to becoming a teacher

Career Advice
21 March 2019 | Career Advice | Guest Author

When looking for a graduate job, you may not have considered teaching but there are a lot of reasons it could be the perfect choice for you after university.

For instance, did you know 94% of newly qualified teaches are employed in a teaching role within six months of qualifying?

Additionally, it provides the kind of variety rarely available in office jobs, allows you to work with young people making a noticeable difference in their lives, and has the potential for great career progression and development.

Salary and benefits

Starting salary for newly qualified teachers is from £23,720 or £29,664 (in central London). There is also lots of potential for career progression that could lead to higher salaries. Some of the different ranges available are outlined below.

 

England and Wales (excluding London) Inner London Outer London London Fringe

 Head teacher

£45,213 - £111,007

£52,771 - £118,490

£48,383 - £114,147

£46,318 - £112,105

 Leading practitioners

£40,162 - £61,005

£47,751 - £68,652

£43,348 - £64,245

£41,268 - £62,164

 Upper pay ranges

£36,646 - £39,406

£29,664 - £40,372

£27,596 - £38,963

£37,758 - £40,520

 Main pay ranges

£23,720 - £35,008

£29,664 - £40,372

£27,596 - £38,963

£24,859 - £36,157

 Unqualified teachers

£17,208 - £27,216

£21,641 - £31,644

£20,441 - £30,452

£18,339 - £28,343


You could also be eligible for additional financial rewards. For instance, if you work with children with special educational needs you could be eligible for an allowance of £2,149-£4,242 per annum. If you take on additional teaching and learning responsibilities (TLRs) you could gain a salary uplift of £13,288.

Other benefits include longer holidays than other professions (although most full-time teachers will work through part of their holidays), inclusion in the teachers’ pension scheme, and the ability to make a real difference to your students’ lives.

 

Support while you train

When you train to become a teacher you will probably gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). It is a recognised postgraduate qualification that prepares you to educate the next generation as you work towards qualified teacher status (QTS).

While you train, you may be eligible for tax-free scholarships or bursaries, the general allowance is listed on the table below.

 

 

Scholarships*

Bursaries (with a 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master’s)

Physics

£28,000

£26,000

Chemistry

£28,000

£26,000

Languages

£28,000

£26,000

Computing

£28,000

£26,000

Geography

£28,000

£26,000

Biology

-

£26,000

Classics

-

£26,000

English

-

£15,000

History

-

£12,000

D&T

-

£12,000

Music

-

£9,000

RE

-

£9,000

Primary with maths

-

£6,000

*Scholarships are awarded in place of a bursary to some candidates with a 2:1 or above. Find out more here.

Some teacher training schemes allow you to work with top employers to gain industry experience and leadership skills that you can apply in the classroom or to a career in industry.

If you want to find out more about becoming a teacher, you can register for more information here.

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