Teaching is a hard job, but one which brings rewards not to be found in other careers.

Now Teachers are people who have already succeeded in one walk of life and who are ready for a new, quite different challenge. They are excited at the thought of starting all over again. They want to learn a new craft and they want to give back to the next generation.

Whether you are committed or just curious about starting a new career in teaching, visit our programme page to find out more.

To succeed in this challenging profession you must:

  • Believe that every child deserves a great education regardless of their background
  • Want to do something that matters, and be prepared to spend a lot of time and energy doing it
  • Want to teach a subject that you love and re-immerse yourself in it; teaching children to like it as much as you do
  • Be open to working with colleagues who may be twenty or thirty years younger than you, and be able to take instruction from them

The transition from the office to the classroom is not going to be easy.  You must be prepared to fail at first but go on trying until you work out how to do it.

If you master the new skills required, this may be the most rewarding thing you’ve ever done.

It’s a big step. We are here to help you decide whether it is right for you. See how others have got on by reading our case studies.


Fill in a short form to express your interest in the Now Teach programme and find out if you are eligible to apply.

Not ready for teaching? Why don’t you try Volunteering?

If you are not yet in a position to commit to a teaching career, perhaps you could help in a voluntary capacity. We have partnered with a range of organisations which offer voluntary opportunities for working with young people.

The Careers and Enterprise Company

Become a Schools Enterprise Advisor (Nationwide)

The Access Project

Volunteer as an Academic tutor (London and the West Midlands)

Coram Beanstalk

Volunteer as a trained reading helper (Nationwide)

Tower Hamlets EBP

One-off volunteering opportunities with secondary school students (London)

Inspiring the Future

Help inspire the next generation by visiting schools. (Nationwide)

Governors for Schools

Become a school governor and help improve a local school.

Literacy Pirates

Support young people with their literacy in Hackney and Haringey

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