Felix offered to speak to Teacher Training Adviser, Jane Wilkinson, about the challenges faced by someone who lives with additional needs and their progress towards achieving the dream of becoming a teacher.

1. What inspired you to teach?

I wanted to be a teacher when I was in secondary school, but I was put off it as I didn’t fit in well with my peer group and felt that the behaviour issues would be too much for me to handle. But in every other aspect of my life, I always ended up teaching. I took up figure skating while at university, and though I set out…

Habiba Cabdi offered to speak to Teacher Training Adviser, Jane Wilkinson, about the challenges faced by someone who lives with additional needs and their progress towards achieving the dream of becoming a teacher.

1. What inspired you to become a teacher?

Growing up as a profoundly deaf child, I had a positive upbringing in my mainstream primary school and the teachers there were amazing in terms of support and treating me equally. …

By Giorgio Rubbo

In addition to supporting aspiring teachers to achieve a place on a teacher training course, Teacher Training Advisers run a number of groups hosted on Facebook, to allow those who are thinking about training, those what are doing their training and others who are now qualified teachers to support one-another.

Following the successful completion of his training year, Giorgio Rubbo invited aspiring teachers to ask him questions about a day in the life of a beginner teacher. Here are some of his answers.

1. What inspired you to teach?

My inspiration to teach was my love of biology and science in general. I am passionate about…

Kathleen Kruiniger spent six years teaching Geography, six years as a teacher training adviser, and now works as a faculty employability adviser at the University of Bristol. Here she shares how the skills and knowledge she gained as a teacher have proved useful throughout her career.


Good teaching hinges on good communication — but success in so many other roles is also dependent on this.

In teaching you are always working to understand what makes your students tick, and what they will respond well to. …

A step-by-step-guide

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Man at computer filling out a form

From effective preparation, to submitting your application, we’ve broken down the whole process into manageable steps, so you can see exactly what’s involved.

Preparing to apply

1. Check your qualifications

Although different training providers may have specific recruitment criteria, there are some basic eligibility requirements you’ll need to meet to become a qualified teacher in England. In summary, you’ll need or be working towards:

  • a degree
  • GCSE grade C / 4 in English and maths — and a science subject for primary trainees

Visit the Get into Teaching website for more detail, this also includes information if you have overseas qualifications.

2. Get…

More than 2 in 5 people looking to make new career plans in 2021

New market research has revealed how many people in England are looking to 2021 for the career plan shake-up they had envisaged at the turn of the new decade, before the Covid-19 pandemic struck.

Our survey of over 2,400 people explores the public’s views on their career aspirations and plans for the future following a turbulent 2020.

Nearly three quarters (71%) of those surveyed agree that 2020, and all it brought, was the year that made them realise what is important to them; and over four in 10 (44%) agree they are looking forward to making new career plans this…

Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT), Olivia Lee, did her teacher training in Drama with the Outwood Grange Academies Trust. Here she explains how being herself in the classroom has made her the teacher she has become.

Finding the right course for me

Throughout my education and career in performing arts, my enjoyment has come from supporting and teaching others. After doing some research, I decided to apply for a teacher training course with the Outwood Grange Academies Trust, who were searching for candidates that were passionate about teaching.

From the day they replied to my email, I haven’t doubted my decision…

Teacher Training Adviser, Jane Wilkinson, asked aspiring teachers about their top classroom concerns. Here she tackles questions about behaviour management.

While I know that the majority of students will be well-mannered and well-behaved, how do I manage more disruptive behaviour?

Managing behaviour is a learning curve, and exactly what a teacher training course is designed for, so don’t worry if you don’t get it right every time.

Whichever teacher training course you choose, you will be offered practical guidance and support to allow you to make your classroom a harmonious learning environment.

It’s all about the relationships you build with…

History teacher, Lila Cherrih, 26, on the daily rewards of teaching

I believe that education is the single most powerful vehicle for social justice and mobility. I grew up in a single-parent working-class home in Haringey, north London, and education was the gateway to opportunities that might otherwise have been out of reach for me.

My mum placed a strong emphasis on working hard and being successful at school. I went on to get a First in History from Oxford University, before completing a Master’s in Palestine Studies at SOAS, University of London.

After volunteering in Israel and Palestine, I…

By Matthew Francis

Matthew studied law at London University and Exeter University before training as a solicitor. He then worked as a Management Consultant for 15 years.

Throughout his career he has passionately believed in enabling organisations and individuals to achieve their full potential. This was the main motivator to take a PGCE in Secondary Education .

In July 2020 he joined Brentwood County High School as a teacher of Business Studies & Economics.

Finding the right school

In July, I received a call from academy schools trust in Essex. They wanted to discuss the possibility of me joining one…


Providing help and advice on how and why to get into teaching.

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