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Department For Education

Updated: May, 2021

Still recruiting throughout COVID‑19

About Department For Education

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Get Into Teaching is a free service provided by the Department for Education to give information and advice to those who at looking at a career in teaching. The service provides expert advice and support to prepare a strong application to teacher training.

Good teachers are in demand and there are excellent employment prospects – in fact, once you’ve qualified, you’ll benefit from a competitive starting salary of at least £25,714 or £32,157 in inner London

To help attract graduates with the potential to be exceptional teachers, a range of tax-free bursaries and prestigious scholarships are now available.

Why work for us

Good teachers are in demand and there are excellent employment prospects.

Once you’ve qualified, you’ll benefit from a competitive starting salary of at least £25,714 or £32,157 in inner London. You’ll also have opportunities for rapid career progression, pay increases and a generous pension.

During your training year, you could benefit from a tax-free bursary of up to £24,000 or apply for a scholarship of up to £26,000, awarded to the most gifted trainees in chemistry, computing, maths and physics in partnership with highly regarded professional subject associations.

Training and development

Postgraduate teacher training courses are available across England, led by universities or schools. The course you choose will depend on your subject, degree class and location. Whichever course you choose, your training will largely be the same. If you don't have a degree, you can gain a degree and qualified teacher status (QTS) together on an undergraduate course.

All teacher training courses will offer:

  • qualified teacher status (QTS), which is needed to teach as a qualified teacher in England
  • plenty of classroom experience in at least two schools – a minimum of 24 weeks of school experience
  • training to meet the Teachers’ Standards, which will include classroom management and making your subject accessible to your pupils
  • expert academic and practical guidance from mentors and tutors who are there to help you succeed

Most courses will also offer a postgraduate qualification, usually a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

What we are looking for

We are looking for high-quality graduates that want to make their degree, knowledge and skills really count and use your creativity to bring your subject to life. You’ll be committed to ensuring all pupils have the chance to fulfil their potential in a subject that can change their lives for the better.

To train to teach as a teacher at secondary level, you’ll need a degree, and a standard equivalent GCSE grade C or four in maths and English.

100 teachers, 100 passions, 100 ways to shape lives

Every child is unique – and so is every teacher. Get Into Teaching have been working with The Guardian to shine a light on 100 education heroes who are using their passions to inspire the next generation. From the maths teacher using Fifa to explain percentages, to the breakdancing physics teacher, to the primary school teacher with her sights on the Olympics. Read their stories here - The Guardian - 100 Teachers

Work sectors

teaching and education


East Midlands, East of England, London, North East England, North West England, South East England, South West England, West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber

Contact details

0800 389 2500

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