How to Decide
Anyone wanting to teach in state-maintained schools across England and Wales must achieve qualified teacher status. This means completing a programme of initial teacher training (ITT).
There are many different types of ITT courses, and the one you take will be specific to the age group and/or the subject that you want to teach. All involve a mix of learning the principles of teaching and gaining valuable practical experience in schools. In school you will start by observing teachers and then move on to practise giving lessons yourself, preparing you for your first job as a newly qualified teacher.
People become trainee teachers at different stages of their lives, and there are various routes as to how you complete your ITT. It can be completed as part of a degree, straight after a degree, as a part-time course alongside work or as a full-time course after years of working in other fields.
Plan your route into teacher training by downloading a routes map here Enjoy your journey!
How to gain classroom observation
- In what way you enjoyed working with children
- How you would communicate with other teachers and parents
- How you would engage your students in your specialist subject knowledge
- How you enjoyed responding to daily and sometimes unpredictable challenges
- How you would motivate and engage others