To teach within England and Wales you need to undertake Initial Teacher Training (ITT) to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
The basic entry requirements for ITT are as follows:
There are a number of different routes into teaching which provide options to suit everyone.
If you prefer to spend more time training in the classroom, putting theory into practice and gaining confidence through increased contact with the school environment, then a school-based route will be a good option for you. Many schools in Kent are involved in leading and participating in school-based routes.
If you are interested in a school-based route, you may wish to contact your local primary or secondary school to ask if they are involved.
School Direct is available in primary and secondary schools across England and programmes generally last for one year. Some schools may offer training on a part-time basis; you should contact your chosen school to discuss this. Successful completion of a School Direct course will lead to the award of qualified teacher status (QTS). School Direct programmes may also include a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) including credits at Masters level.
In order to help tailor training to your skills and experience, there are two separate School Direct training options:
For further information regarding funding, bursaries, eligibility and the application process go to http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/
For information regarding eligibility and the application process go to www.teachfirst.org.uk
Both postgraduate and undergraduate courses are available at universities and colleges throughout the UK. Canterbury Christ Church University, the University of Brighton, the University of Greenwich and several other universities work closely with Kent schools to deliver their teacher training programmes. See http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/ or university websites for further guidance.
If you have a degree and wish to train as a secondary or primary school teacher then this route may be suitable. A PGCE course focuses on developing your teaching skills and many courses may also provide support for the development of your subject knowledge. It involves lectures, seminars and other taught sessions at the university plus teaching placements in school. Dedicated subject knowledge enhancement courses may be available in some secondary subjects prior to embarking on the course.
If you do not currently have an undergraduate degree, you can complete a Bachelor of Education (BEd) or Bachelor of Arts (BA)/Bachelor of Science (BSc) with qualified teacher status (QTS) course. These courses enable you to study for a degree and complete your initial teacher training (ITT) at the same time.
More information on Online ITT can be found on the Open University.
Applications for all routes into Teacher Training are handle by UCAS. Please visit UCAS - Teacher Training for more information and to apply.
To register and apply to this programme go to http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/school-experience
For further information go to http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/premier-plus.aspx
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