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There’s a lot to consider if you are thinking about becoming a teacher, so we’ve gathered together the key information that you need to know. If your questions aren’t answered here, please email our expert Recruitment team who will be happy to provide advice.

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About Now Teach:

We recruit people who have had a successful career and now want to use their experience to make a difference by becoming teachers. Our participants often have decades of experience and come from a range of sectors.

We help career changers secure a teacher training place and provide support through recruitment, initial teacher training and beyond.  We also provide participants with a professional network of like-minded peers with similar backgrounds to smooth the transition and accelerate their progress in the profession.

The ongoing support, coaching, training sessions and professional network is designed to amplify impact and accelerate progress as second career teachers.

A great education is vital and schools are constantly working to make sure their students learn and thrive. This is particularly important for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, who are less likely to get the grades that lead to a job with good prospects or university. There is always a need for great teachers who can make a difference.

At the same time, our working lives are growing longer. Many experienced and highly skilled professionals are looking for new and rewarding challenges for the next stage in their careers. We know some of these people want to teach.

In the past, many career-changers moving into teaching have found the transition tough and have left the profession after only a few years. Now Teach helps career-changers successfully retrain to become great teachers, helping them secure a training place, and then supporting them to stay in the profession for the long-term. Now Teach provide career changers with a tailor-made support programme, including a new professional network of other career-changers, to amplify their impact and accelerate progress.

We want changing career later in life to become a normal, unexceptional step. We want talented people to bring their skills and insights into the teaching environment and, over time, use their experience to contribute to wider improvements in education.

Now Teach is the only teacher recruitment programme specifically designed for experienced career-changers. Recruitment Advisers help participants to secure a training place that suits them and dedicated Programme Managers provide on-going support during the first two years of training.

We match participants with training providers which will welcome the different perspectives and experiences that a previous working life can bring.

We connect them with a network of other experienced professionals who have all decided to retrain as teachers, giving them a ready-made professional network.

We work to ensure they are on a compressed training programme of four days per week, allowing them the flexibility to pursue other commitments or interests.

We ensure candidates who want the highest quality of training gain access it, ensuring Now Teachers have the best possible training

Now Teachers have typically held senior positions or been technical specialists and are now looking to use their skills and experience to make a difference in the classroom – whilst training to become a teacher.

Now Teachers are a diverse group who are all seeking a new challenge. They want to share a love of their subject and their life experiences to help realise their students’ potential.

How to apply:

There are several steps to applying for Now Teach.

During the process, we are looking for applicants to show they have had a successful career and are committed to becoming a teacher. We recommend people spending time in a secondary school before applying to make sure they are fully informed.

The application form is made up of two parts:

  1. You complete a simple eligibility form on our website
  2. You then complete the second longer part which is sent in an email link to you. This will require a CV and two questions on why you want to teach and on your previous career.

Your application will then be screened and you will be invited to interview.

Once you pass the Now Teach interview, your Recruitment Advisor will work with you to identify a teacher training provider or school that is right for you. When you are matched with a school or provider, you will be invited to a formal interview and typically, this will be a competency-based interview and a classroom-based exercise. A subject knowledge, numeracy and literacy test may also be included at this stage.

We run regular sessions to ensure you’re fully prepared and your Recruitment Advisor will be available to offer advice and guidance. If you are working towards a university-based route, we will support you with your UCAS application and, where applicable, your university interview.

Once matched you will then be invited to a formal interview by the appropriate training provider or school. Typically, this will comprise of a competency-based interview and a classroom-based exercise. A subject knowledge, numeracy and literacy test may also be included at this stage. Now Teach run sessions to coach you to ensure you’re fully prepared. If you are working towards a university-based route, we will support you with your UCAS application and, where applicable, your university interview.

Once you have an offer from the training provider and/or school, you will need to complete pre-training checks (more details below) including UCAS, DBS and subject knowledge enhancement courses where necessary.

To begin preparing for your training, we recommend you read websites such as Seneca learningTeacher Toolkit and Google Classroom.

Congratulations; you are now a Now Teacher and part of a pioneering network of experienced people on the same career-change journey as you. You will start your teacher training in early September.

Before then, you will meet your fellow Now Teachers. You will also start getting to know your Programme Manager.

Some trainees may have training or an induction during the summer. We want you to feel part of the network as soon as possible, so mare sure you meet others in your cohort by inviting you to Now Teach sessions to and our annual conference held in London in July.

We will advise you during selection when the right time for you to complete UCAS is. The exact timing will depend on your needs and interests as a potential trainee. We will guide you through UCAS and make the process as easy as possible.

You may still be eligible for the programme, however, if you have received the bursary previously, you may not be eligible for the bursary.

Speak to a member of Now Teach to discuss your eligibility for the training.

Now Teach follow Safer Recruitment procedures. The role of the teacher is to ensure the safeguarding of children and young people. If you have any unspent criminal convictions, please declare this in your application form and interview.

You may still be eligible to join the programme; however, it will be assessed by our on a case by case basis

Now Teach participants have carefully considered their interest in becoming a teacher, have experience of secondary schools, and like working with secondary school children. They are credible communicators and passionate about their subject.

The best teachers have a thorough understanding of their subject, whilst being aware of where they need to work on their subject knowledge and teaching skills.

Now Teachers aim to raise the aspirations of all their students regardless of background, so it is essential to have faith and trust in the pupils you teach.

Our participants are trainees and are not expected to be fantastic teachers from their first day. What is essential is that you are willing to learn and improve your teaching practice.

Teachers are learning something new in a new environment, embracing the challenge as well as feedback on your progress is essential.

It is possible to join Now Teach if you have already found a training position.

The Now Teach programme is not just about recruiting people into teaching; we want to support career changers and returners to work in their training year and beyond. We will work with you and your training provider to provide the best possible support alongside being part of the wider Now Teach network.

Please contact a member of the team on the contact us page.

At the end of the training year, Now Teachers will gain QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) which will allow them to teach in any state school in England. Most training providers enable you to opt-in to a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) which can count towards a Masters. In addition to being a fully qualified teacher, our employment rates are strong and our trainees that want to teach part time secure part time positions. You will also have a strong professional network to help you establish yourself as a second career teacher. 

Applicant Requirements:

Everyone applying to become a teacher must meet the criteria set by the Department for Education.

You require a GCSE Grade C or above in English and maths and an undergraduate degree (usually at least a second-class degree). If you have overseas qualifications, they must be equivalent to or above. Equivalencies can be provided by NARIC. Please contact Now Teach if you are unsure of this process and we can support.

You will need to have some qualifications in the subject you would like to teach. Usually this will be: 50% of your degree, a good A-level (A/B) or substantial relevant professional experience

We accept applications from non-UK citizens.

If you’re from within the EEA, you can apply if you have permission to work in the UK.  For non-EEA citizens, you can currently apply if you are eligible to work in the UK for the duration of the programme. If you have not lived within the EEA for the last three years, you may not be eligible for the bursary

NARIC is the body which check the equivalences for international qualifications. Now Teach can perform a short assessment of qualifications but you will need to verify your qualifications with NARIC.

If you have overseas qualification NARIC will check if they are equivalent to UK qualifications. In order to check your equivalencies, please see the following link.

We would recommend you can take the tests through organisations such as EquivalencyTesting.com or Astarequivalency.co.uk – tests are typically £150

They do require some study ahead of taking which can take several weeks. These equivalency qualifications are designed to ensure all UK teachers have an appropriate level of literacy and numeracy on entering the profession.

The professional skills and literacy and numeracy tests are online assessments which have been used for a number of years to assess the core skills of teachers ahead of starting training.

It has recently been announced that trainees beginning in September 2020 will no longer have to complete these tests, but we expect a new process for assessing literacy and numeracy skills to be introduced. We will support you through this process

You can still apply for Now Teach. However, candidates who have not lived in the UK or EEA for 3 years are not eligible for the bursary.

Now Teach cannot sponsor candidates who require their employer to sponsor their visa because we do not employ you. For most funding options it is recommended that candidates obtain residency. Each case will be taken on a case by case basis.

In instances where you have been outside of the UK and not paid UK tax for more than 3 months in the past 5 years, you may be required to undergo a police check in the country you lived

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions on more than four million people every year. The DBS checks for any unspent criminal convictions.

Teachers are required to undergo an Enhanced with Barred Lists Check. The role of the teacher is to ensure the safeguarding of children and young people.

You will undergo a DBS check regardless of whether you have had one before and the school will also need to do their own check.

All Now Teachers will need an original or certified copy of their certificates.

We know that some candidates have not kept the certificates they received some decades ago, so if you have lost them, get in touch with your school or exam boards to find these as soon as possible

We can’t accept applications from people who already have or are working towards QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).

If you hold QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills), you are eligible to join our programme if you feel you would like extra training in teaching at secondary school level. However, some schools may be happy to employ candidates without attaining QTS

Now Teachers have had all sorts of experiences before training to teach. Now Teachers have been journalists, chief executives, city professionals, artists; if there is a profession out there, a Now Teacher may well have done it at some point in their career. We want to encourage a wide variety of life experiences into the classroom.

In order to make a great Now Teacher you should have shown progression and impact in your career. Many Now Teachers were formally in senior positions, but we are not just looking for former managers. People who have had a portfolio career or gained technical expertise in their career are also encouraged to apply to the programme.

Based on advice from the British Council below, EU citizens applying to start teacher training in September 2020 will be able to apply for Now Teach and be eligible for government bursaries.

Advice on finances and eligibility: According to the British Council the fee status for EU students studying in the UK will remain unchanged until for courses starting in 2020. The UK government have stated that EU nationals will be eligible for the teacher training bursary for the same period. Based on this, Now Teach anticipate from these assurances that the financial situation will be unchanged for trainees starting in September 2020 even in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

If you are also moving to the UK, the UK Government advice is:

  • If the UK leaves the EU with a withdrawal agreement, ”there will be no change to the right to work of EU, EEA and Swiss Citizens arriving in the UK before 1 January 2021.”
  • If the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement, EU citizens will need to apply for “European Temporary Leave to Remain” after which EU citizens will “be able to live and work in the UK for 36 months.”

Information correct as of 29  August 2019

Picking Your Subject:

Our experience says trainee teachers should pick the subject they are most passionate about. Of the subjects you are eligible to teach, which are you most excited about teaching?

To train in a subject you must have:

  • at least 50% of your degree in that subject or
  • at least a ‘B’ at A-level or
  • strong and closely-related professional experience.

We recommend you spend time getting a feel for the subject(s) you want to teach by visiting schools and observing lessons. Seneca learning have some good resources which will help you understand the content and focus of different subjects in school.

Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) courses are designed to help improve or refresh trainee teachers’ subject knowledge ahead of starting training. The courses are between 8 and 20 weeks long and can be face-to-face or online.

We will advise you on the courses that other Now Teachers have found to be the best

If you are looking to train as a science teacher you will likely be asked to complete courses in the 3 sciences, although only one of these will attract bursary funding (if you are eligible for this).

It is strongly recommended that you complete your SKE ahead of starting your teacher training in September / January.

If you are interested in brushing up on your subject knowledge it is recommended you go to the Seneca learning site

Seneca learning is a valuable site which teachers, tutors and students use to improve their curriculum knowledge.

Even if you feel very comfortable in your subject, it is recommended you spend some time looking at the curriculum as it may be different to what you learnt at school. It is almost certainly taught in a different way so it is good to spend some time reviewing the resources

Certain subjects are termed shortage subjects because some have a more acute shortage than others and can fluctuate year on year depending on recruitment and retention. STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths), Geography, Computer Science and Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) are shortage subjects.

These shortages can vary depending where you are in the country

School Experience:

We recommend candidates get as much school experience as you can ahead of assessment and training. We have opportunities including a new school insight programme to gain experience. There are also opportunities to access school experience through charities such as Beanstalk or you can use the Get Into Teaching service.

Schools are busy places, but many teachers will be willing to share their experiences with you. If you have links locally it is worth asking the school if you can arrange some experience.  For links to our partner charities, please go here.

Career Change:

Now Teach first helps busy career changers navigate the teacher training process and find the teacher training role that is right for you. We place candidates in schools or with training providers which value career changers.

We then provide personalised support throughout your training from a Programme Manager and a network of like-minded trainees made up of other career-changers.

The Now Teach network provides advice, insight and fellowship from fellow career-changers also retraining as teachers. Your dedicated Programme Manager is also on-hand to offer advice and support and organise regular opportunities to collaborate, share and network with the rest of the cohort, giving you time to reflect together outside of the school and training context.

We support you throughout the two years needed to become a fully-qualified teacher. In your first year, you gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) when you complete your initial teacher training. Completing your second ‘induction’ year as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) means you can then teach in any state school.

During your first two years in the network, you will have access to a range of events, wellbeing and career coaches as a programme of support to aid and accelerate in your transition into teaching. These complement your Initial Teacher Training and induction year training, enhancing your progress

There is not a limit. It is never too late to train. Our oldest Now Teacher is 72. It is important to consider your own personal circumstances. The average age of the cohort is currently 51 with a wide age range.

You can offer decades of life experience that will really make a difference. Career changers are much more able to talk to students about what working life is going to be like and what sort of skills they’re going to need.

Teaching in return can be rewarding. You will learn a new profession and you will help young people learn the skills that will lead to a job with good prospects or further education. You have the potential to affect to pupils who need it most.

No two days are the same and the life and excitement of a school environment can be incredibly life-affirming

Self-awareness and reflection are key elements of teacher training. We would recommend anyone considering changing career should reflect on the following questions before applying:

  • How do you feel about becoming a trainee again?
  • How do you respond to feedback?
  • Do you want to work with teenagers?
  • How do you respond when things don’t go to plan?
  • How do you think you might manage pupil behaviour?
  • What experience have you had of schools or other similar organisations?
  • Consider the change in financial situation carefully
  • Can you picture yourself as a teacher?

The Now Teach network is for people with significant life and work experience. If you are returning to work after a break, but had a successful career prior to this, we can provide support for you as part of our network of career changers.

Teaching is one of the most rewarding professions. There are many reasons why teachers love their work. Teachers do more than teach, and their impact extends far beyond the classroom. As a teacher, you are more than just an educator: you are a mentor, a confidant and a coach. One of the most common reasons to become a teacher is to make a difference in the lives of as many students as you can

Your Teacher Training:

You have spent years growing your professional network in your current field: transitioning to teaching with Now Teach will provide you with access to a strong professional network from before the start of your training. This network and the relationships within it have the power to accelerate your progress and increase your impact as you begin your career as a teacher.

Your fellow trainees will be your biggest allies, providing support, insight and fellowship. Your dedicated Programme Manager will organise regular opportunities to collaborate, share and network with the rest of the cohort, giving you time to reflect together outside of the school and training context.

We provide bespoke support and development opportunities on a regular basis, complementing your Initial Teacher Training. You will have access to a range of events, well-being and career coaches to help make your transition into teaching a success.

Teacher training can be incredibly challenging and will push you to your limits. Now Teach are here to support and guide you through the process

An initial teacher training (ITT) provider is the organisation responsible for helping you learn the skills of teaching, assessing your progress and awarding you with your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Now Teach does not provide initial teacher training but helps career-changers to apply for teaching training and then supports them to successfully retrain.

Through the application process we will work with you to understand your needs as you enter teaching. We will explain the options to you and help you to find the right course. We have a range of preferred providers who are excited about working with experienced career-changers and supporting your transition to teaching.

There is a lot of diversity in the sector and there are a wide range of options for how to become a teacher. Broadly speaking you will either complete a school-based route where you will have one main school placement during the year and your school will be heavily involved in your training

School Direct and school-centred teacher training (SCITT) both provide a route into teacher training led by a partnership of schools where trainees learn in schools for the majority of their time. Both routes will award Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and some will also offer a PGCE.

The main difference is in who awards the QTS. In a SCITT this is awarded by the SCITT itself, whereas in School Direct this is awarded by a partner university.  The SCITTs that also offer a PGCE work with a partner university to award this element.

The university route differs because it is administered by a university who may arrange school placements through your course. All routes lead to qualified teacher status. Now Teach only work with organisations which have been judged by Ofsted as good or outstanding and we work with you to ensure you are given the best possible training

Your Now Teach Programme Manager will be on-hand to offer personalised support, act as a liaison between you and your school and training provider, and organise network development events.

Once you start in your school you’ll be assigned your Programme Manager. They are there to support you across the two years of training through QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) and NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher). Your Programme Manager has coaching skills to utilise if you’re facing a challenge, but also for helping to accelerate your progress as a trainee.

They also hold relationships with you, your school and training provider. We share with them the best practice we have learned by working with experienced career changers to help improve your training and experiences.

In addition, they design and deliver the networking events, outlined in the answer below

The second component of the Now Teach programme consists of giving you access to a new professional network made up of other Now Teachers.

Now Teach gives you a ready-made professional network of trainee teachers who have changed-career and are looking to positively impact the lives of pupils and the schools you are working in. We offer opportunities across the year to develop relationships and encourage networking.

Network nights: The chance to network with your fellow cohort and hear from those who are now in their NQT and fully qualified on their experiences and share progress so far and develop your teaching persona

Cohort Sessions: These sessions focus on a topic previous cohorts have identified as wanting to hear more about. They cover three sessions including a twilight and take you from an experts view of the topic through to helping you get it and do it in your classroom the next day. Topics this year include Behaviour, Planning and Assessment, Subject Knowledge and Preparing for your NQT year

Now Teach Conference: An event for every Now Teacher, designed and led by career changers tailored to addressing what you need to know for when you start in the classroom and your two years in teaching

Qualified teacher status (QTS or QTLS) is required in England and Wales to work as a teacher of children in state schools under local authority control, and in special education schools.

A similar status exists under a different name in Scotland and Northern Ireland

After gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), teachers undertake an induction period as a Newly Qualified Teacher. This induction aims to offer new teachers support and guidance in their professional development. The induction period currently takes one year (full time) and acts as a bridge between your Initial Teacher Training and your teaching career. It’s designed to ensure that you receive the right development and support. Throughout this period, you will have a slightly reduced timetable for you to carry out Planning, Preparation and Assessment (PPA). You are assessed throughout your NQT induction through demonstrating that you have met all the relevant professional standards to become an effective teacher.

Yes, you do have a choice.

A Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is an academic qualification which usually includes Masters level credits and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Broadly speaking if you are on a course at a university completing your teacher training, you will be working towards a PGCE.

If you are on a school-based route (which may include some training at a university) you may have some choice over whether or not to work towards only QTS or to also complete a PGCE. Some of our providers also have the option of completing the academic qualification (PGCE) later.

As part of your selection process we will talk to you about the options that are available to you and help advise you to select the best option for you.

There are more than 200 teacher training courses in England. These are all structured slightly differently and have cohorts ranging from <10 trainees a year to more than 1000.

Each year around 2% of teachers training to teach are in your demographic: experienced career changers. We know that entering the profession, you have a lot to learn and you will learn a lot from your tutors and the other trainees on your courses. We also know that in your career to date you will have built up a professional network in your sector who you can draw on for advice, support and to help you progress at different stages. We don’t think you need to be on your own for your training – but we do think that you will benefit from being connected to each other as you start this career. So, a training provider we aren’t, but your supporter, advocate, connector, and lots of other things we are – or are certainly striving to be.

We know that as experienced professionals Now Teachers will be used to having a strong network of peers within their current/previous profession they can draw on for help or support.

Our events are designed so that Now Teachers quickly establish themselves as part of a strong professional network. Training to teach is challenging – your peers are there to help you progress through training successfully.

Yes. The number of days you train each week will depend on the provider you train with.

 With our preferred providers you will be able to complete your schools-based training in only four days per week, giving you a greater degree of flexibility to fulfil other commitments you may have.

Now Teach have partnerships with a range of training providers enabling us to provide tailored programmes for career changers and people returning to work.

There are also some part-time training options available. Currently provider-led training is full time, but these courses are typically shorter than school-based courses

Your teacher training typically begins in September and ends in July, in line with school hours.

However, some of our training providers invite you to a summer school or additional training which takes place in the summer terms (e.g. Subject Knowledge Enhancements).

Your teacher training usually lasts a year (whether 4 or 5 days a week) and your induction year is your also called your You will be supported by Now Teach throughout

For trainees on a school-based route (with one primary placement and a shorter second school experience) your schools will usually try to employ you if they can.

Although there aren’t any guarantees, most schools will be looking for future teachers. If your school offers you employment, we would encourage you to take it as the school will have invested a lot and you will find knowing your environment helps accelerate your progress in your NQT year. 

Trainees on university-based or provider-led routes (with two or three similar length school placements) will usually have to secure employment for your NQT year. Your placement schools may be interested, but Now Teach will support you to secure an opportunity for your NQT year

Now Teachers complete their teacher training with one of our partners. There are two options for this: school-based or centre-based. With our school-based partners, unlike any other programme in the UK, you complete your first year of training in one year whilst being at school only four days per week, giving you a greater degree of flexibility to fulfil other commitments you may have. This is a compressed training programme. Having said this, you should not expect that your teacher training will ‘neatly slot’ into 4 days – like any training course, there will be reading, work and preparation that stretches beyond your core hours. The 4 day commitment should build more flexibility into your week.

By the end of your first year, you will usually have gained Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and in some cases also a PGCE. In your second year, you will be a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) and completing your induction to the profession which includes an assessment at the end of each term. It is a year to develop your skills and apply what you have learned in your training year. We will support you in seeking part time NQT opportunities should you want them. As an NQT you have a 10% reduction in your teaching schedule referred to as Planning, Preparation and Assessment (PPA) so you can expand your non-classroom skills and abilities. You will get direct support in this from a mentor in your school

There are many opportunities to take on a range of different responsibilities in school.

Sometimes these are formal management roles such as Head of Department or Key Stage leaders. In other instances, you could apply for ‘whole school responsibility’ for example as a careers leader, or developing numeracy or literacy or leading on another whole school priority.

Middle leadership roles are remunerated using a system of TLRs (Teaching & Learning Responsibilities) which are paid on top of your salary


Most Now Teacher participants receive a bursary or scholarship from the government which is paid to them in monthly instalments. This works in the same way as a salary but it is tax-free and does not need to be repaid.

Candidates may be eligible for a bursary depending on what subject they wish to teach. More information around bursaries and salaries can be found here.

For instance, science, geography, languages and computing trainees are eligible for bursaries of £26,000. To be eligible for a bursary in certain subjects’ candidates must:

  • Have at least a 2:2 at undergraduate degree level, or have a Masters/PhD.
  • Have been living in the UK or another EEA country for at least three years prior to starting their teacher training. The training provider is ultimately responsible for deciding whether candidates are eligible for a bursary.

For the latest subject allocation, please see our information on finance available here

In the first training year, Now Teachers will have to pay for their training fees which will be between £6000-£9250 depending on the training provider.

Participants may be eligible for a student loan to help with this or with their bursary. For information on how to apply please see our finance page. As fees can vary full details of fees are provided once you have been placed with a school and training provider. Student loans are only paid back whilst in employment.

Now Teacher participants do not have to pay Now Teach any fees

Once you have completed your training year, you’ll begin on a salary of at least £23,720, or £29,664 in inner London with opportunities for this to increase.

For example, Teaching and Learning Responsibility (TLR) payments are added to a teacher’s annual salary when they take on additional and ongoing responsibilities beyond classroom teaching.

Find out more here.


Lesson planning is key to a successful class. Teacher Toolkit has very good teaching resources. It is important to make sure your lessons are tailored to your class, enable you to effectively interact with your class and give you opportunities to check for learning. It is a class, not a presentation. 

Behaviour management is something which can be learnt. However, it takes practice and experience to get it right – that is part of the purpose of teacher training. Teacher toolkit contains a wealth of advice around classroom management. The lessons Now Teachers have learnt is that you must be consistent, you must maintain a standard, build relationships with both individuals and the class, and own the classroom. Our teachers top tip is to keep to a regular routine

Teaching is a job like few others. It can be stressful, rewarding, challenging, and funny, often within the same hour. Our founder Lucy Kellaway has documented her experience in training to become a teacher and we would recommend following some of her articles to see Lucy’s story. 

We would also recommend reading some of the case studies of our participants.

Your pattern will depend on whether you are on a school or provider-led training route. However, when you first start, you typically will have 6-8 hours a week contact time in class – there will be a mixture of lessons that you observe, and lead and this balance will change over time. The rest of the time you will be planning, training and reflecting. Contact time then increases through the school year as you progress.

You will sometimes be observed by qualified teachers and sometimes co-teaching alongside an experienced teacher. You will be asked to complete assignments as part of your teacher training course if you are completing a PGCE these will be masters level assignments. In addition to teaching and developing your practice you should expect to engage in extra-curricular activity, form time, school duties and meetings

We work with state schools that are ranked Good or Outstanding, and are keen to work to with experienced career-changers.

For trainees that are on a school-based training route that we match with a partner school, there are two ways that this can happen: we may match you directly with schools that we have a relationship with or we may match you with a provider that has schools well located for you. We aim to place Now Teachers in a school that will keep the commute from home to 45 minutes or under – and are building our network to minimise this commute.

We look for high-quality placements for our teachers for both the placements we source ourselves and those which our providers source. We are always looking to expand our network to ensure convenient and high-quality placements.

Your training provider will work with you to ensure you have the necessary skills to plan and deliver lessons. They will help you tailor your planning to the needs of the pupils in your classes and show you how to integrate different activities into your lessons. They will also teach you to check for learning within your lessons and help you be ready to adapt where you need to.

Key to teaching when you start is ensuring that you reflect, work closely with your mentor and lean on fellow teachers.

Your fellow Now Teachers are likely to be you biggest support. A key part of being a successful teacher is relying on the support around you.

Now Teach are there to advocate and coach you to succeed.

Historically, secondary schools in challenging circumstances were defined by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) as those where 25% or fewer of the pupils achieved five or more grades A*–C in GCSE and equivalent examinations. More recently, DfES has termed such schools as ‘vulnerable to missing the floor targets’, using the term ‘schools in challenging circumstances’ decreasingly. The notion of schools in challenging circumstances has also been extended to include all schools with 35% or more pupils on free school meals (Ofsted, 2002). Many schools in challenging contexts also serve communities with high levels of social and economic deprivation, low levels of pupil attainment on entry coupled with low levels of parental education, and in some cases high levels of pupil mobility. Such factors are not always fully reflected in the surrogate measure of free school meals entitlement, nor are they solely to be found in schools serving urban communities.

Challenging does however not refer to the school’s Ofsted rating. Challenging schools can be extremely well run and instead, the challenging nature of the school is a result of other factors.

Now Teach only work with schools which are measured by Ofsted as “Good” or “Outstanding”.

Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills) is a government department that inspects and regulates institutions in England providing education to learners of all ages and providers of care for children and young people. Now Teach usually work with ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ schools to ensure our Now Teachers have the best training experience.

GCSEs in England have been reformed to keep pace with universities’ and employers’ demands. The new grades have replaced letters with numbers.

They are based on new and more demanding subject content but are still suitable for the same wide range of abilities. The new grade scale makes it clear to everyone that students have studied the new GCSEs. It also has more higher grades compared to the old A* to G grades, to give sixth forms, colleges, universities and employers the opportunity to better distinguish between students of different abilities. For a table on equivalence see here.

DfE – The Department for Education

FE – Further Education

HOD – Head of Department

HT – Headteacher

HE – Higher Education

HEI – Higher Education Institute

ITT – Initial Teacher Training

KS – Key Stage

NARIC – National Academic Recognition Information Centre

NQT – Newly Qualified Teacher

OFSTED – The Office for Standards in Education

OTT – Overseas Trained Teacher

PGCE – Post Graduate Certificate in Education

QTLS – Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills

QTS – Qualified Teacher Status

SKE – Subject Knowledge Enhancement

SCITT – School Centred Initial Teacher Training

STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

SD – School Direct

SEND – Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

SENco – Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator

TA – Teaching Assistant

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