There are a number of recognised routes to gain Qualified Teacher Status including PGCE, Schools Direct, SCITTs, Teach First and Teacher Apprenticeship QTS.
Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
QTS is a one-year course which is needed to work in a state-maintained school. This qualification confirms that you have met the government’s Teaching Standards and is followed by two years of induction in a school. Remember that you will need to decide whether you are going to opt for Primary or Secondary training.
Post-Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE)
A PGCE qualification can include or not include QTS. This includes academic study and essay writing.
Routes into teaching
Barnaby Lenon, ISC Chairman.
Although many starting a teaching career are new graduates, teaching is also an increasingly attractive choice for those wishing for a career change. Age is no barrier to training.
It may be possible to teach a main stream school curriculum area even if you don’t have a degree in that subject. The teacher training provider you apply to may ask you to take an SKE course if they feel you have the right qualities to become a teacher, but need to complete additional subject training first. This could be for several reasons, including:
These courses are also sometimes recommended for someone wanting a career change as a refresher to their original degree subject. Universities running these courses are listed in SKE Directory and there is further information available at getintoteaching.education.gov.uk.
It is worth being aware, though, that some independent senior schools are very academically selective and will expect teachers to be able to teach up to Oxbridge entrance level. They may only be looking at teachers who have very good degrees themselves in the subject they teach.
If you have a degree from an overseas university, you can still gain a teaching qualification in the UK. To do so you will need to check your qualifications for UK equivalency by contacting UK ENIC. You will also need to check with the training provider of the teaching qualification. The University of Buckingham offers an online international PGCE.
If you have been teaching overseas for a number of years and your teaching qualification and degree were gained overseas, in order to get a teaching job in a British independent school, you will need to check current immigration and employment legislation. You can also read information on how schools can recruit teachers from overseas.