So you want to be a teacher…
I think I might want to be a teacher …… What do I need to do??
The Options Process • A good range of GCSEs is a good idea • If there is a subject you would like to teach it is a good idea to try to take this • If you are thinking of Primary school subjects such as Geography, History, Languages, P.E can be a good idea.
GCSE Choices It’s best to keep your choices as broad as possible. If you are considering primary teaching, a foreign language is useful, as you may be asked to teach one in school. Geography and History are also particularly useful for primary.
Work Experience In year 10 you will completing work experience In order to help you begin to decide if teaching might be for you it might be a good idea to complete your experience in a school or care provision (competition for these places is high)
A-level Choices If you want to teach at secondary level, you would usually be expected to have some A-levels related to the subjects you want to teach.
Routes in: • PGCE • GTP • (Teach First and SCITT)
PGCE • The PGCE course is run and managed by a university. • You apply via the GTTR. (www.gttr.ac.uk). • On a full-time basis, it is a year long and it includes 24 weeks based in school. • Tuition fees are charged, but you can apply for a student loan to pay for these.. • Some subjects are very competitive.
GTP – Graduate Teacher Programme • A route which allows you to become a teacher while training and working in a paid teaching role. • Takes one school year, usually working full time as a teacher to complete. • Apply electronically through the TDA website. Application dates vary between providers. • Competition is strong and places are limited.
What might a typical day look like?? • 7.15 am – Leave for work. • 8 am – Arrive at work. Catch up with emails, a little planning, and prepare classroom for lesson 1. • 8.45 am – Morning briefing, varies depending on the day. • 9am – Lesson 1 : Y7 Spanish • 10 am – Lesson 2 : Y10 French • 11am – First break – break duty (once a week) • 11.20am – Lesson 3: Y9 French • 12.15pm – Lesson 4: Y7 Spanish • 1.15pm – Lunchtime – possible detentions, meetings or revision classes. • 2.10pm - Tutor time and registration with form. • 2.20pm - Lesson 5: Y13 French • 3.20pm - After school duty (once a week) • 3.30pm - After school meeting (once a week) • 4.30pm - Leave for home. • 5.30pm - Arrive home, begin planning or marking! • 6.30pm - Eat! Usually, spend 8am – 4.30pm in school, and then do around an hour of extra work three to four evenings a week. I also do about five or six hours of planning on a Sunday.
Why Teach? Although teaching requires long hours and hard work it is incredibly challenging and rewarding