The Now Teach programme will help people who’ve already had a successful career become great teachers. We’ll be here to talk to you about whether the programme is right for you, and guide you through the application process. Our course is the only one designed solely for career changers. Depending on the school you are in, for most Now Teachers, you’ll work four days a week. The course is school-based (teaching from the start means you will earn straight away) and is delivered by the various teacher training providers, with an additional layer of support from Now Teach. This means that we will be there to give further support when the going gets tough. We want you to make the greatest difference possible to the schools which need it most.
The bulk of the technical teacher training you do will be exactly the same as it is for any other trainee on their programme. Where Now Teach differs – beyond the time commitment – is in the wraparound support we offer you. Most crucially of all, of course, is a network of your fellow Now Teachers but beyond this we are learning fast about the very best ways we can help you – and your schools – get the most out of your past experience and help you become the teachers your students need.
Locations & Subjects
In the pilot year, 2017-18, Now Teach will be working only in secondary schools in London.
We are mainly looking for teachers of maths, languages (French and Spanish) and all sciences. However, if you are interested in teaching something else, please do get in touch.
Unlike virtually every other programme in the country, most Now Teach teachers are able to complete their first year of training in one year while working only four days per week.
By the end of your first year, you will have gained Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). On successfully completing your second year of the programme, you will become a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT). After that, if both you and your school are happy, you would simply continue teaching there. Of course, at the end of the NQT period, you would be a fully qualified and able to work anywhere you like. Now Teach trainees can also gain a PGCE and points towards a master’s degree.
Before the school year begins, you will spend several days at your new school where you will meet your colleagues and get to know the school.
For those training with Ark, you will attend a two-week summer course in London in mid-August. Other training routes may have some training in the summer and all have inductions of some kind.
You will be in the classroom from day one. You will work closely with an outstanding teacher and over the course of the year you will take on more responsibility. Each week you will have co-planning and observation sessions with teachers in your school and each week you will be away from school for one afternoon of training. You will have regular contact with tutors who will support your personalised training plan.
During your first year, you will also spend time in other schools in very different contexts to yours.
If you pass your training year, you can continue teaching in the school where you were placed in your training year. However, if for some reason you feel you would be better suited to working in a different school we can help you arrange that. The endeavour on all sides will be for you to work in the same school in your NQT year if that is what you want.
You will be working and earning from the start. You are trained on the job.
There are two main funding options for your training year. In the first, you receive a government bursary. In the second, you are paid an unqualified teacher’s salary by the school. We are strongly recommending that Now Teach candidates pick the bursary for reasons outlined below. Of course, regardless of which option you pick, all Now Teach recruits will receive the same level of training and support.
Bursary levels differ depending on the subject you want to teach and the degree you hold, but they can be as much as £30,000 tax-free. (Now Teach candidates may also be eligible for a scholarship rather than a bursary which is an even better deal.) From the scholarship or bursary, you will need to pay your tuition fees of £9,000, but you should be eligible for a student loan (this is not means-tested).
If you are training with the bursary, you will be supernumerary to the school in which you are working. In blunt terms, you will be less expensive to the school. For more details about student loans, click here. For more details of bursaries, click here, and scholarships, click here.
If you don’t want to take a loan and/or are teaching one of the subjects with lower bursary levels you may prefer to be employed by the school. We are happy to support you on this route, however, we may be less able to guarantee that you are only working four days per week. The exact amount you receive will depend on the school you work in, the location of that school, and the kind of work you have already done before.
For the full breakdown of government funding for teacher training click here.
Whichever option you pick you will be a student in your training year and will qualify for student discounts nationally.
Salaries after your first year
Having qualified, salaries in teaching can rise steeply depending on your school, location and experience. Subject heads in some London schools earn up to £70,000. For more information about teaching salaries, click here.
All Now Teach participants will have the following support:
- School experience, you will spend time in your school before the course starts getting to know your school and colleagues.
- Weekly intensive co-planning sessions with a great teacher in your subject.
- Weekly coaching – from a teacher who will work closely with you each week to support and guide your progress.
We understand that it is critically important that applicants are happy in the school they are to be placed in. We will try to place you in a school close to where you live, and make sure that its culture and ethos suits yours.