Becoming a teacher

Perhaps the best way to find out if teaching is for you is by volunteering in a school.

You could contact your child's school or your local school and offer to help with something in particular. You need to be good at working in a team, have a sense of humour and really care about the children and teenagers you are working with.

Teacher training courses

Teaching is a graduate profession so you must have a first degree, and then a post graduate certificate of education (PGCE). If your first degree is in education, then you will not need a PGCE.

There are many routes to attaining qualified teacher status (QTS). To achieve qualified teacher status you need to complete an initial teacher training (ITT) course. There are a number of options available so you can choose the one which most suits your needs.

All ITT courses include the opportunity to spend time in school to help develop your teaching skills and they are designed to build your confidence as you learn about key teaching methods. Learn more about the options for ITT courses on the Department for Education's Teaching Agency website.

School-based vacancies

Qualifications from overseas

If you have a degree or qualification from another country, you can check for the UK equivalent on the UK NARIC website.

UK NARIC is a National Agency managed on behalf of the UK Government, providing the only official source of information on international education and training systems and qualifications and skills attained outside the UK.