Seven things you probably didn't know about becoming a teacher

There are loads of reasons to become a teacher, but here's a few you probably didn’t know about…

From generous training bursaries to impressive earning potential and employability, there are lots of reasons why teaching is a great career choice (and not just because of all the school holidays).

If you’ve never considered teaching before, here are seven things you probably didn’t know…

1. You could get a £26,000 tax-free bursary to train as a teacher...

Did you know that for selected subjects, such as physics, chemistry, biology and geography, you could get a £26,000 tax-free bursary to train as a teacher? This helps ensure that you can focus fully on your teacher training without worrying about money. Depending on your location, language, computing and science teachers could also benefit from the Teachers’ Student Loan Reimbursement scheme. This means that if you start teaching, the scheme will pay back your student loan payments for your first 10 years in teaching.

2. … and the numbers really add up if you’re training to become a maths teacher

OK, so maths isn’t for everyone - but if you’re great with numbers, you’ll know that a £20,000 tax-free bursary and a further £10,000 after tax once you’re in teaching adds up to a pretty sweet £30,000. If you’ve always been a mathematical whizz and have a knack for explaining complex concepts to others, this could be the ideal way to challenge yourself and share your skills with the next generation of learners. Your skills + teacher training = £30,000. Not bad, right?

3. There are tuition and maintenance loans available

Just like other higher education courses, you could receive tuition and maintenance loans to support your teacher training, even if you receive a student loan for your undergraduate degree. Depending on the subject you want to teach, this could be in addition to any bursaries or scholarships you’re eligible for, meaning you won’t be out of pocket. This makes teacher training a brilliant way to further your studying without having to worry about the costs upfront.

4. There’s some impressive earning potential

The average starting salary is £23k for new graduates, but as a new teacher, you’ll earn between £23k and £29k. But that’s not all - if you work your way up to a leadership role, you’ll be looking at an average of £58,100, with the potential to earn significantly more. Passion and hard work are really rewarded in teaching, so if you’re committed to making a difference, you could end up with a fantastic role and a salary to match.

5. You’ll probably end up putting your skills directly into practice - and quickly

Loads of graduates end up working in roles completely unrelated to their degrees – like history graduates ending up in business development, or psychology graduates working in recruitment. But, if you train to become a teacher, you’re looking at some amazing employment prospects where you can do what you love every day. Also, 94% of newly qualified teachers are employed in a teaching role six months after qualifying, meaning it’s highly likely that all your hard work will lead to a role where you can make the most of your new skills.

6. You can hit the ground running

In teacher training, you can start gaining practical teaching experience from day one. Whatever course you study, you’ll be placed in a real classroom to develop your teaching skills from the very start of the training process. That’s ideal if you’re a proactive person who’s keen to learn on the job and start making a real difference from the beginning of your new career. If you’re wondering if teaching is for you, you could always get started early by securing some school experience to strengthen your application and to find out if you’ve got what it takes.

7. There’s a service designed to help you get started

How many other professions offer you a dedicated expert to help you out with your application? Applying to become a teacher may feel a bit daunting, but the Teacher Training Adviser service gives you a qualified teacher as a dedicated adviser to guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have, whether that’s writing a personal statement, getting school experience or information about financial support. Having the support of someone who’s done it all before is invaluable, and will help you kick off your teaching career feeling confident and well informed.

If you’re looking for a career that’s fast-paced, varied and rewarding and you want to make your skills and knowledge really count, teaching could be for you. To find out more about becoming a teacher, visit the Get Into Teaching website for more information.

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