As well as options to teach a variety of subjects and age groups, there are many other roles in the education sector for graduates to consider…
Employment opportunities can be grouped into:
Other education roles include:
For examples of job roles in this sector, see graduate jobs in teaching and education.
The main employers are:
Organisations that offer opportunities in education include Teach First , a charity which recruits and trains high-achieving graduates to teach in challenging schools in low-income communities. Graduates are employed by the Field Studies Council (FSC) for its trainee tutor scheme, and school trip and adventure holiday employers such as PGL , recruit instructors.
Graduates entering the teaching and education sector can expect:
To find out more about typical salaries and working conditions in your chosen career, see types of jobs.
On the 1 April 2013 the Teaching Agency and the National College for School Leadership merged to become the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). For information on funding and getting into teaching see Get into Teaching .
There are financial incentives to encourage graduates to teach shortage subjects such as:
Incentives include training bursaries, which range from £4,000 to £25,000, dependent on your degree classification and the subject you want to teach. For example in the academic year 2015/16 if you have a 2:1 and want to teach physics, chemistry, maths or computing, the full bursary of £25,000 is available. If you have a 2:2 and want to teach English or history there is no bursary, but you may be eligible for a tuition fee and/or maintenance loan.
Training for early years teachers in nurseries and pre-school education has become more structured. Completion of an early year's initial teacher training programme leads to Early Years Professional Status (EYPS), which is equivalent to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) - awarded to primary and secondary teachers. Course fees are paid and bursaries are available, depending on your degree classification. It is now possible to qualify to be an early year's teacher through work based training on a School Direct scheme.
Teacher qualifications for the further education (FE) and skills sector changed from September 2013. There are now a range of awards, certificates and diplomas in education and training from Level 3 - Level 5. See the Education and Training Foundation's advice on Becoming a further education teacher .
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