Teaching is a highly valued career all over the world, offering an exciting mix of work and interesting days. Here’s our guide to becoming a teacher and the skills required.
The first thing you’ll need to do before commencing any teacher training is to be good at English and Maths. In the UK, it is essential that you pass what are known as “skills tests” which check the level of maths and english you posses. This is done through timed tests. Once you have passed these tests, you can begin your teacher training.
Most teacher training courses are offered as one year PGCE (post graduate certificate in education) courses. This means you already hold a degree and wish to add a year on to complete teacher training. If you do not have a degree, you can complete a degree in education, which offers the teacher training as part of the main degree.
The PGCE can be offered through a university, or through a school which is allocated as a “training school”. Here, you will learn on the job and will be teaching in class from day one. This is a great way to gain valuable experience in the classroom, which university based PGCE courses cannot always offer.