Thinking of going into teaching after university? Declan Spinks of EduStaff has been telling us the best ways for undergraduates to do just that…
“Teaching is a career that provides stability, structure but also an undoubted sense of social and moral responsibility. In recent years the government has put together strategies and incentives to attract the best teachers possible into the profession, which means it is a better choice than ever for those who want a rewarding career that gels well with almost any degree subject.
However, despite the best intent teaching has become decidedly more confusing as our education system continues to change. As The House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts recently reported routes into teaching need to be better defined and their success must be evaluated.
The most well established route is still the university led Post-Graduate Certificate of Education. This one-year course combines intensive classroom study with two placements in local schools. The idea is that this structure allows candidates to gain an appreciation of the theory behind teaching (pedagogy) while also gaining some practical experience. However, many prospective teachers are beginning to turn away from this traditional route in light of higher tuition fees and the need they feel for more actual experience working in a school.
One of the most recognised alternatives to a PGCE is the school-based and aptly named School Direct route. This is a yearlong process that sees candidates work in two school placements, with the aim of landing a job in one at the end. The course gives you some practice teaching and you leave most schemes with credits that equal a MA or PGCE, in addition if you have worked full time for three years you can apply for funding.
However, School Direct is by no means the only alternative available. Teach First are a charity that have carved their own niche in Initial Teacher Education by plunging their new teachers in the deep end with just six weeks learning theory before beginning to teach lessons. This has resulted in a high fallout rate with those in the scheme five times less likely to remain in teaching for more than five years.
A final consideration for graduates are a new and exciting name in teacher training. Premier Pathways, working in collaboration with EduStaff a recruitment consultancy who specialise in teaching assistant jobs and teaching jobs, have provided a new scheme that focuses on giving graduates 2 years’ experience, support and a PGCE while providing then with paid school roles. At the end of the course the graduates should have QTS, the confidence to teach and up to £30,000 paid throughout the course.
Though all these options may seem initially confusing, what is clear is that prospective teachers now have more options than ever before when it comes to how they want to train.”
EduStaff are a specialist recruitment company who only deal with permanent school recruitment not supply. Unlike other recruitment companies, EduStaff “only place candidates in schools where they will thrive long-term”. Learn more about EduStaff and how they can help you at their website: http://www.edustaff.co.uk/.
This article has been provided by an external organisation, as such the views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Careers Centre.