To work as a teacher in England and Wales, you will need to complete an initial teacher training (ITT) course...
Your initial teacher training (ITT) can be completed:
For information on teacher training in other areas of the UK, see:
As part of your initial teacher training (ITT), you will gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
QTS is awarded by the Teaching Agency , to achieve it, you will need to:
Anyone applying for an initial teacher training (ITT) course from September 2013 will be required to pass the skills tests before starting their course. Pre-entry test appointments will be available from 1 September 2012.
Once you have gained Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you will need to complete a period of induction known as the newly qualified teachers (NQT) year. There is no set time for starting and finishing this induction period, but it is recommended that induction takes place soon after gaining QTS.
To work as a teacher in further education (FE) colleges or sixth form colleges, you need Qualified Teacher, Learning and Skills (QTLS) status or QTS. Since 1 April 2012, further education teachers with QTLS from the Institute for Learning (IfL) and membership of the IfL are recognised as qualified teachers in schools.
If you're an experienced teacher and don't have QTS, see Teaching Agency - Qualified Teacher Status .
With so many alternatives to choose from, you need to think carefully about your options:
To find out more about a training option that suits you, see Teaching Agency - Teacher Training Options .
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