Steps to becoming a teacher

Steps to becoming a teacher

November 19, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


The journey to becoming a teacher isn’t
as complicated as you might think. The process is split into three phases – depending on
where you are in the process, you’ve got various different options to consider. The
three phases are ‘prepare’, ‘apply’ and ‘post application’. The first thing you need to do is register. It’s really quick and easy to do and when
you register you get access to lots of extra support. So, for example, you might have access
to the Premier Plus programme that helps you into our shortage subjects, you could get
access to our school experience programme to help you to explore teaching for yourself.
And there’ll be other things, like access to events that are going on locally to help
you find out what teacher training is available in your area.
It’s really important to go into schools to see if you like the job, see what it’s
really like these days. To get school experience, our school experience programme can help you
into schools and get you up to 10 days in a school. If you can’t get on the school
experience programme, then approaching schools yourself is a good idea.
One other key thing to do is to consider what your local training options are. So, start
looking on the UCAS website where you can search for different training providers to
see what’s available locally and to consider whether your qualifications match what they’re
looking for. You might find that doing a subject knowledge
enhancement (SKE) course would be a good idea to help boost your subject knowledge. If you
think your subject knowledge might be a little bit short in some areas, talk to the training
provider, have an open conversation with them about it. They’ll tell you whether they
think you need to do an SKE course or not. One thing you can do just to get yourself
ahead in the process is to – as well as registering with us for extra support – but
also to register with UCAS. So that if you do find you’ve got time to just start filling
in bits of the application form well before you’re ready to complete it and submit it,
you might as well do that and just get yourself a bit ahead. But the UCAS website has a good
search function for looking for training providers in your area. The first thing you need to do in the apply phase is to choose where you’re thinking
of training, so it could be with a school, or it could be on a programme led by a university.
Once you’ve found some schools or universities you’re interested in applying to, it’s
definitely worth trying to speak to them, or if they’ve got open days or open evenings,
go along to those, try and find out more about what it is they’re offering and what it
is they’re looking for as well. Then, you can list them on your UCAS application form
as your three chosen providers. Writing a personal statement is the key to
getting an interview at teacher training. It’s the main thing they will look at first
when determining if you’ve got what it takes and if you’ve got the right kind of passion
to be a teacher. What I always say with a personal statement is the first paragraph
has got to be a strong statement about why you want to be a teacher and why you’re
passionate about teaching children and why you’re passionate about teaching this particular
subject if it’s a secondary subject. The rest of the document is quite easy, why you’ve
got the right skills, why you’ve got the right experience and the right knowledge,
all interlaced with just references to the fact that you’ve been into schools and you’ve
seen it for yourself and that you know actually what this job is all about.
In order to actually get your application submitted, you need to have two referees who
are able to submit your references for you online. They have to submit those references
before you can then pay your application fee, and then at that
point your application goes live and it goes straight to your three chosen providers.
As soon as you have submitted your application, you can then sit what are called the professional
skills tests in literacy and numeracy, where you’ll go to a test centre and you’ll
sit these tests. You can do them both on the same day or you can do them on different days
if you want to. If you go to our website you’ll find a link through to where you can book
the skills tests. Once your application has been submitted,
the training providers will get back to you hopefully offering you an interview. That
can happen quite quickly, usually by email. You can also track your application on the
UCAS system to see what’s happened to it. If you’ve got an interview coming up, there
are various things to do. Obviously very carefully read the information they’ve sent you and
prepare for anything they’ve asked you to prepare. Bring things with you that you’ll
need to bring – so they’ll almost certainly ask you to bring some kind of ID with you,
so make sure you follow all those instructions. Things to prepare ahead of the interview,
think about the obvious questions they’re going to be asking you. They’re going to
want to know and hear you say why you want to be a teacher. They’ll want to know why
you want to train there – so what is it about that school or that university that’s
special that you’re interested in? You will be toured around the building in
a school, they’ll show you all around the building, take you into classes. If you find
things that you like there, tell them about it. Say ‘I really like that display, that’s
a good idea what you’re doing there’. Try and find things that you like about the
place – and also while you’re at it, try and be honest with yourself, have a look and
see do you actually like the place? Do you want to be here?
So after you’ve had your interview, hopefully the school or the university will get back
to you quite quickly and let you know if you’ve been successful or not. In addition to that
you can check on the UCAS site, log into your file, and it’ll tell you fairly quickly
whether you’ve been successful or not. If you have not been successful in your three
applications in Apply 1, or if you decide once you’ve made your three applications
that you want to change your choices and add a different choice in, you can go into what’s
called Apply 2. You can then, on the UCAS system, choose another school or university
and have your application sent to them. It’s the same application, so the personal statement
is exactly the same, everything you put on the UCAS form is the same, the references
are the same, but it goes off to a new training provider. If that doesn’t work out, you
can then add another training provider, then another, then another and so on until hopefully
you get a place.