3rd August 2023
Preparing to become a school teacher
Becoming a school teacher can be a rewarding and fulfilling career choice. Not only does it offer the chance to make a difference in the lives of young people, but it can also provide a sense of purpose and job security. However, the path to becoming a teacher can be challenging and requires dedication as schools can be a difficult place to work, with students going through emotions as they develop into adults, and take essential exams.
What requirements must I meet to become a school teacher?
To become a Primary or Secondary school teacher, you must meet the educational requirements set by the UK government, typically you will need the following:
- GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths (and science if you want to teach primary)
- You can then take A-Levels. You will need 2-3 A levels or equivalent so that you are eligible to take a degree
- Following on from that, you will require a bachelor’s degree (this does not have to be in teaching)
- From there you will need to take a postgraduate teaching course (At Engage we offer a Teacher Training Programme)
- If you would like to check your eligibility on the government website:
- Primary School Teacher
- Secondary School Teacher
When you train with Engage, you can get a certified qualification from the National Institute of Teaching and Education. We currently work with UK-based universities to provide a completely free, salaried route into teaching for graduates. If you’re a recent graduate hoping to begin teaching with your new undergraduate degree, we can provide free training and support to start you on your new teaching journey.
Are you interested? If so you must meet the following requirements:
- Trainees are required to have GCSE Grade C (or Level 4 equivalent) in English and Maths
- An undergraduate degree
- If you’re looking to train as a primary teacher, you will also require a GCSE of at least a grade 4 (C) in science
To find out more about our Teaching Training Programme and your eligibility, visit here
To work as a school teacher in a state-maintained school in England, you must have a degree and achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). Independent schools, academies and free schools are permitted to employ teachers without QTS but, in practice, this is uncommon, so obtaining your QTS is a necessary step towards teaching in a school.
What experience do I need to become a school teacher?
Once you’ve met the educational requirements, it’s important that you gain teaching experience. This can be done through student teaching, substitute teaching, or working as a teaching assistant. These experiences will give you a better understanding of what it’s like to be a teacher and will help you develop the skills necessary to succeed in the classroom. Our teacher training programme will allow you to gain this experience.
Applying for a teaching position
At Engage, we can help you find your dream classroom-based role, so check out our vacancies. It’s important to tailor your CV, personal statement and cover letter to each job you apply for, highlighting your relevant experience and skills. For tips on writing the ideal CV check out our blog – Ideal CV.
Preparing for the Classroom
As a teacher, you will be in school for 39 weeks out of the 52 in the year and your hours may vary. You may be in the school before the learning day starts and remain after school is finished, showing how time-consuming it can be for dedicated teachers. Being prepared to work long hours is important if you want to work a full-time teaching job. If you would prefer a more flexible role or can’t work as many hours, check out our part-time vacancies.
Teaching in a school can be a challenging but rewarding experience. As a teacher, you have the opportunity to shape young minds and help students develop the skills they need to succeed in the future. However, preparing to teach in a school can be overwhelming, especially if you are a new teacher. Here are some tips to help you prepare for your role as a school teacher:
Familiarise yourself with the curriculum
One of the first things you should do when preparing to teach in a school is to familiarise yourself with the curriculum. This will help you understand what you will be teaching and what your students are expected to learn.
Develop lesson plans
Once you are familiar with the curriculum, you can start developing your lesson plans. Lesson plans should be designed to meet the needs of your students and help them achieve their learning objectives. Having a lesson plan and different strategies for school students can be vital as guidance and planning are needed to keep students engaged and motivated.
Create a classroom management plan
Creating a classroom management plan is essential for any teacher, but it is especially important when you’re new to teaching as it establishes clear expectations for behaviour and consequences. This will help you maintain a positive and productive learning environment.
Build relationships with your students
Building relationships with your students is crucial for creating a positive learning environment. Take the time to get to know your students, their interests, and their strengths and weaknesses. This will help you tailor your teaching to their needs and ensure they feel valued and supported, this can help them enjoy your lessons more meaning they are more engaged.
Seek support from your colleagues
Teaching can be a challenging profession, so it is essential to seek support from your colleagues. Attend staff meetings and professional development sessions and collaborate with other teachers to share ideas and resources. This will help you grow as a teacher and improve the quality of education for your students, it will also help you to build professional relationships within your workplace.
By familiarising yourself with the curriculum, developing lesson plans, creating a classroom management plan, building relationships with your students and seeking support from your colleagues, you can set yourself up for success as a school teacher. If you are looking for a role as a school teacher, check out our vacancies and we will help you find your desired role! If you would like to read more blogs like this, check out our reading corner.
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