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Starting your journey into… Academia: school educator

Can you see yourself on the other side of the classroom? Sculpting future scholars is amazingly rewarding, but where do you start?

The education sector is a large employer of graduates. The responsibility may be large, but the satisfaction will definitely out way the pressure!

The path to your dream job in academia should be clear as soon as you’ve decided the sector you would like to pursue. Education isn’t just about teaching, you can be influential in the sector in other ways.

What key skills do you need?

Ability to lead and support learners: this role requires decisiveness, patience and a willingness to persevere.

Self-motivation: you need to be able to manage your time effectively and maintain high levels of organisation.

Creativity and enthusiasm: You should come up with innovative plans to aid learning for varying abilities

Ability to remain calm in stressful situations: you need to think on your feet and remain emotionally resilient.

Communication: written, verbal and visual conveyance of information is part of day-to-day tasks.

Ability to follow regulation: You will be responsible for following regulation about what you can and can’t do

How does School Education work?

To become a school teacher, graduates require a postgraduate certificate, unless you have a BEd or BA/BSc with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Through the postgraduate route you will complete Initial Teacher Training (ITT) through a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) or School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT). This will lead onto you then being granted Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

School teachers can work at a number of different levels, from primary to secondary school. Maths and science teachers are in demand with financial incentives on offer to graduates interested in teaching these subjects.

As well as teachers, schools need teaching assistants, heads of department, head teachers, examiners, moderators, policy makers and curriculum administration.

Your professional body:

National College for Teaching & Leadership

They say: The National College for Teaching and Leadership, part of the Department for Education (DfE), is responsible for Initial Teacher Training (ITT) in England. If you’re interested in becoming a teacher we’ll support you throughout the application process.

Graduate scheme:

Teach First

They say: Teach First harnesses the energy, enthusiasm and drive of outstanding graduates and experienced professionals and equips them with leadership skills to enable inspirational teaching in schools in challenging circumstances across England and Wales.

Useful Links

UCAS Teacher Training

This is the new way to apply for postgraduate teacher training in the UK, replacing the Graduate Teacher Training Registry (GTTR).


Edustaff is a teacher recruitment agency providing permanent and interim staffing solutions to schools and teachers in the UK.

Institute for Learning (IfL)

IfL is the professional body for teachers and trainers in further education (FE) and skills.

Department for Education

The Department for Education is responsible for education and children’s services in England. We work to achieve a highly educated society in which opportunity is equal for children and young people, no matter what their background or family circumstances.

Schools Web Directory

This list points to the website of each Local Education Authority. Each Local Authority has lists of its own schools and details of application procedures.