Many thanks to my colleague Suzanne Agnew for this post giving an insight into the different routes for teacher training in England. If you’re considering this option then this post is essential reading to give you an overview of the different routes – Rebecca
You want to train to teach in England? Well that’s the simple part! Deciding on the right route for you will require a bit more thought. Do you want to begin with university-based study? (PGCE) Would you prefer your training to take place in school? (SCITT, School Direct) Do you want teaching to be the launchpad to a leadership role in business? (Teach First) Are you a PhD student looking to move into teaching? (Researchers in Schools) All lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) but what they involve is very different.
A good first step in understanding the options available is to read Overview of your postgraduate teacher training options This is written by members of the AGCAS Education Advisers’ Group and provides a really clear and concise starting point.
If you are interested in training in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you can access similar information although the training routes are considerably reduced.
Applications for all of these options are now open and, on the whole, early applications are advised. Remember that the Careers Service can support you with your applications, whatever stage you are at.