Do I need a degree to become a teacher?  

To become a teacher in England you must have a degree. If you're looking to teach in primary schools then applying for a Bachelors of Education (BEd) degree is the way to go. If teaching in a secondary school is the route you're looking to take then it's recommended to get your degree in the subject that you'd like to specialise in. 

As well as your degree you will also need to complete Initial Teacher Training (ITT) which is where you'll go into schools to carry out all of the normal teacher duties. Your ITT will usually consist of three different placements in three different schools, each usually lasting between 6-8 weeks. This is where you'll get a real insight into school life and everything that comes with being a fully qualified teacher. Once you have completed your ITT and met the required standards you will gain your QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) and become a ECT (Early Career Teacher). 

What salaries do UK teachers get paid? 

The salary will vary across different parts of the UK, including London salaries which are generally slightly higher than average. Remember that salaries will also vary when it comes to the different teaching positions available in schools. As an Early Career Teacher in England or Wales you can expect a salary starting from £25,714 and £32,157 depending on location.  

What skills will I need to be a good teacher? 

As mentioned at the start of this blog post - teaching is a big responsibility and commitment! A variety of skills are required to be able to take on the role of a teacher successfully. Here's just a few to think about...

Organisational skills - lesson planning, marking work, student records and managing a busy schedule are all parts of the job. As a primary school teacher you'll be teaching all subjects to your pupils whereas if you're a secondary school teacher you'll be teaching one subject to all different ages and levels. 

Communication skills - this one goes without saying, you need to be effective at communicating as a teacher. Remember you'll be standing up in front of a class of up to 30 students. 

Passion - you need to be passionate about the subjects you're teaching. If you don't show that you're interested in the topics that you're covering then it will be unlikely that your students will be either.  

Is there career progression for teachers? 

There is a clear career progression for teachers from becoming Head of Department or Head of Year all the way up to Head Teacher. Not only is there the more traditional teaching career path you can also explore other avenues such as supply teaching, private tutoring or special needs education. 

What perks are there for becoming a teacher?

One of the main perks to being a teacher is that it's an extremely rewarding job. You will have the power to inspire your pupils and share a subject that you're truly passionate about. Job security is also a popular perk as teachers will always be needed. If you fancied a career change further down the line then teaching has a whole host of transferable skills that can be used in other careers.