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Thinking of becoming a teacher?


last updated:30 Mar 2009

If you are thinking of becoming a teacher, the first step towards training is to contact one of the organisations providing guidance and further information on teaching as a career:

Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA)

  • different ways into teaching
  • training options
  • finding a training provider
  • the application process
  • accessing funding
  • gaining teaching experience e.g. by visiting a classroom or trying a 3-day taster course.


  • developed by the Department for Children, Schools and Families to support the education profession
  • features a comprehensive teaching and learning section
  • information on issues such as the national strategies
  • free online teaching resources, including teachers reviews of more than 2,000 lesson plans.

The Careers Advice Service

  • what it’s like to teach in various settings, such as primary or secondary school
  • details of the qualifications and experience sought by potential employers.

The Open University

  • runs a flexible initial teacher training course
  • produces a detailed guide, Becoming a teacher 2008-2009.
  • provides detailed guidance to help prospective and current students who are seriously considering teaching as a career.

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