Get clued up about teaching

Do you want to find out more about a career in teaching and don’t know where or how to start?

The first place we often refer aspiring teachers to is the Teaching and Development Agency (TDA) website.  This website has now moved to the Department for Education: http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/. Here you can explore the different routes into teaching, which subjects you can teach and also a bit more about whether life as a teacher is for you. Remember you can get feedback on your application – just book an appointment with us.

Knowing whether teaching is for you requires a good grasp of the bigger picture.  Teaching issues are often in the press, for example questioning schools’ responsibility for disciplining young people in the wake of the London riots*. In the last two years the structures of schools has changed quite dramatically with the growth of academies and free schools**.  There have also been proposed changes to how the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) inspects schools.  Keep up to date with newspaper education supplements like the TES, know a bit about how your subject is taught and get your head around education acronyms.

Why just read about becoming a teacher when you can also experience it?  You are not expected to be teaching a class (though it is possible to do) to get an idea about the skills and experience needed in teaching.  You could mentor, coach, tutor, volunteer, talk to teachers and observe lessons.  Come to Careers for more advice about doing this and look for opportunities on JobOnline  and QMSU Volunteering.

Many students ask when the deadline is to apply to teacher training.  There is not a single deadline for the different application routes because some routes involve applying to a central system like you did for your undergraduate degree and others involve applying to individual schools.  However like most things, it is best to apply as early as possible.

To read more about the issues mentioned in this post see the following articles:
*http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/mar/23/boris-johnson-bad-schools-london-riots?CMP=twt_gu
**http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10161371

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