Teaching is a career like no other.
There aren’t many jobs where you go home each day knowing you have made a real difference to a child’s life. Here are 5 reasons why you should consider teaching and some information about where to start.
1. Inspire the next generation and shape lives
Everyone remembers a teacher from school who made a real difference to their life. Teaching allows you to use your knowledge, skills and passion to help children unlock talents they didn’t know they had.
2. Endless variety
Every day is different with never a dull moment in teaching. Teachers are encouraged to think of creative ways to engage their students and you’ll be able to use your experience to help bring your subject to life.
3. Financial support while you train
Depending on the subject you want to teach, there is plenty of financial support available during your teacher training.
- Find financial support for teachers in England (external website)
- Find financial support for teachers in Scotland (external website)
- Find financial support for teachers in Wales (external website)
4. Competitive salary and career progression
You will earn a competitive salary (external website) and have access to a wealth of other benefits including a generous pension scheme. And once qualified, there are lots opportunities for you to climb the career ladder in teaching (external website).
5. You won’t be alone
Every year thousands of people make the change and use their experiences and passion for their subject to inspire the next generation. Read about people who have made a career change into teaching (external website).
To be eligible to teach you’ll need to meet some standard criteria, like GCSE level qualifications in English and Maths, and usually an undergraduate degree. This may vary in different parts of the country.
In some jobs, you’ll need to pass a DBS check (external website). Learn more about the DBS process with this video guide (external website).
Find out more at Get Into Teaching (external website) in England, Teach in Scotland (external website) or Discover Teaching (external website) in Wales. If you’re already a qualified teacher, these sites also include details of teaching jobs available.
Events offer a brilliant opportunity to find out more about teacher training and what a career in teaching has to offer search here to find teaching information events happening near you or online (external website).