THOSE WHO CAN, TEACH.
This phrase has been recreated from George Bernard Shaw’s original quip which used to be disparaging about those who teach. But now, the Department of Education are really pushing forward to get more qualified people in a job that suits them.
There’s a new buzz phrase now, Mr Shaw. And it’s one that’s been going around for the past couple of years. It’s a phrase used help encourage those who are growing despondent about their chosen profession start out a new journey and to consider a teaching profession. And it’s definitely something that many have considered starting.
Amy for example has been thinking about a teaching career since finishing University in 2016. My aunt is currently working on becoming a teacher as we speak. And I also have a few friends who are researching this line of work too. They want a career. Which is exactly why I agreed to do this collaborative post. Because I believe that teaching is a rewarding career and some people just need that push!
It’s a path that many are seeing as incredibly desirable. But where do you start?!
If you’ve never considered teaching, or are unsure of where to start, here are some things you need you need to know.
FUNDING AND BURSARIES
Funding is usually provided by Student Finance, as is the case with the majority of funded degrees in the United Kingdom.
Your course fees will depend on the university that you choose. However, as of 2017 they are mainly set at £9,250 for the year. If you are doing a full-time course, it should only take you a year to complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (or PGCE, as it’s more commonly known), but part-time studies can take up to three years to complete, meaning more funding needs to be applied for.
You can also apply for maintenance loans and grants to see you through the year. Depending on what your chosen subject of study is, you could get a bursary/golden hello bonus of up to £30,000, but this is more commonly seen in those who are Maths/Science/Languages based and choosing to teach in a secondary education setting.
There are several routes to get you into teaching apart from applying to a university and doing a PGCE. School Direct is an option which is preferred for those who have been in a line of work for a number of years and need a salary to sustain their lifestyle. There are unsalaried School Direct places, and they either give you QTS (qualified teacher status) or PGCE with QTS at the end of the year dependent upon which course you choose.
School Direct is usually ran by schools in conjunction with a university to give you more of school-based learning route. There are pros and cons to each course. One may be more suitable to your way of life than the other, but ultimately they still lead to the same thing. Once you have gained your QTS, you can then go on to find which teaching jobs are available to you. The great thing about it is that once you’ve got that qualification under your belt, you can go anywhere in the world to teach – you don’t just have to stick to good ol’ Blighty!
There are many perks to teaching. The starting salary for one.
And then there are the holidays. This is the main thing which jumps out to people who want to teach! And do you blame them?! Remember when you were at school and you had all that time off? Well, with teaching you can have at least 13 weeks off a year if you are in a state school. 13 weeks. With many office and admin jobs you are given 25 days. This is perfect for those who have their own kids too.
Of course, you should realistically be doing it for the love of teaching children more than anything else. That way it it won’t feel like you’re doing a day at work! It will become more a hobby that you enjoy that is also rewarding.
I personally would love to teach. How about you? Have you thought of this as a career option?
THIS IS A COLLABORATIVE POST
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