All Teaching recruitment agency listing
Teaching roles cover positions ranging from nursery, to primary, to secondary and on to tertiary education, at all levels of experience and ability, and there are a number of specialist recruitment agencies covering the sector.
There are various routes into teaching. You will need GCSEs in both English and Mathematics (minimum Grade C) and if you aim to teach children up to the age of 14 in a primary or secondary school, you will need a Science GCSE (again at Grade C or equivalent).
You then need to complete Initial Teacher Training (ITT). You can do this after taking a university degree, in parallel with degree studies, or on a part-time basis. You can also opt for a full-time teacher training course. You have to have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) as well, which is based on passing tests in literacy, numeracy and information and communications technology (ICT). Once in the profession, there is plenty of room for specialisation (for example, working with Special Educational Needs students).
For newly qualified teachers (NQTs) salaries start at a little over £21,000 or (for inner London) £27,000. Employment conditions are good, it is a financially secure career option with excellent benefits, and it offers a good degree of flexibility if, for example, you choose to work as a supply or cover teacher. Recruitment agencies will be able to advise on the full range of opportunities available.
Across the board in the education sector, demand for candidates outstrips supply and the need for qualified teachers in science and maths is particularly acute. Numbers of children entering primary school are projected to increase substantially over the coming ten years: prospects for teachers are strong.