Get on Course to See If Teaching Is for You; ADVERTISING FEATURE TEACHER TRAINING
IS teaching for you? If you believe this is the six million dollar question, then the best way to discover whether you are suited to this career is to spend time in a school.
Observing experienced teachers delivering lessons and going about their daily professional lives will enable you to make an informed and objective decision.
Consequently, approach a school in your area to spend a day or two observing a class or shadowing a teacher. For a real insight into teaching and its myriad facets, become a regular volunteer classroom assistant.
You will, of course, have to decide the age group you would like to teach.
Primary teachers teach all of the subjects in the national curriculum, working with children between the ages of three and 11. They must show a sound, basic knowledge of all subjects for key stages 1 and 2 (core subjects being English, maths, science, and, if you are training in Wales, Welsh ). Although a degree is required, it does not have to be in a specialised subject.
Primary school teaching is, therefore, both a varied and demanding career. In order to succeed, you will need sound subject knowledge across a broad spectrum, coupled with an awareness of how children develop, and the ability to inspire young minds.
If starting from scratch, after gaining A-levels or their equivalent, you could opt to study for a BA (Hons) in Primary Studies with Qualified Teacher Status. The course involves both school- and university-based study, with assignments, written examinations and practical teaching all part of the assessment 'mix'.
Secondary teachers educate children between the ages of 11 and 18. Unlike their primary school teaching cousins, they focus on one or two subjects from the national curriculum. …