Become a

If you are looking for a new challenge and to give something back, you've come to the right place. We'll help you become a great teacher.

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The Now Teach Network is a community of trainee teachers who bring collective skills and experiences from a diverse range of sectors into schools and classrooms, brought together by Now Teach.

Career Change Programme

Where can I train?

With our Network, you can train in a state secondary school anywhere in England.

We'll help you find a teacher training place that's right for you.

Where we work
850 Career changing teachers
100 Partner schools
Matt Male Now Teach

Applying for teacher training

Our job is to help you become a great teacher and that starts with your application. We help you choose a subject, get the funding you need and apply to a training course that suits you. 

Applying for teacher training
Becky Outside

Before Your Teacher Training

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail. How you prepare yourself before you train is very important. There is no one standard preparation however we recommend having experience of teaching, coaching or tutoring children, preferably other than your own.

Before Your Teacher Training
Graduation Lucy

Change career with Now Teach

Our job is to help you become a great teacher. We help you pick a training course from the hundreds of options and make sure you hit the ground running with our expert support.

Career Change Programme
Now Teach Graduation 2019
I very quickly discovered when I embarked on the journey to becoming a teacher with Now Teach just how crucial the Programme Team is to a successful outcome.

Chris Lees, 2019 Cohort


There’s a lot to consider when you're thinking about becoming a teacher, so we’ve gathered the key things you need to know. If your questions aren’t answered here, register with Now Teach to speak to a Career Change Specialist.

There is not a limit. It is never too late to train.

The average age of the cohort is currently 47 and the oldest joined at 67.

Everyone applying to become a teacher must meet the criteria set by the Department for Education.
You require a GCSE Grade C or above in English and maths and an undergraduate degree (usually at least a second-class degree).

If you have overseas qualifications, they must be equivalent to or above. Equivalencies can be provided by ENIC-NARIC.

Please contact Now Teach if you are unsure of this process and we can support you.

You will need to have some qualifications in the subject you would like to teach. Usually this will be: 50% of your degree, a good A-level (A/B) or substantial relevant professional experience

Yes. The number of days you train each week will depend on the provider you train with.

With some of our partner providers you will be able to complete your schools-based training in only four days per week, giving you a greater degree of flexibility to fulfil other commitments you may have.

Now Teach have partnerships with a range of training providers enabling us to provide tailored programmes for career changers and people returning to work. There are also some part-time training options available.

We can advise you on these.

Yes, you do have a choice.

A Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is an academic qualification which usually includes Masters level credits and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Broadly speaking if you are on a course at a university completing your teacher training, you will be working towards a PGCE.

If you are on a school-based route (which may include some training at a university) you may have some choice over whether or not to work towards only QTS or to also complete a PGCE.

As part of your selection process we will talk to you about the options that are available to you and help advise you to select the best option for you.

ENIC-NARIC is the body which checks the equivalences for international qualifications.

While Now Teach can perform a short assessment of qualifications - you will need to verify your qualifications officially with ENIC-NARIC.

If you have overseas qualification ENIC-NARIC will check if they are equivalent to UK qualifications.

The short answer is yes.

However, the best source of advice with Visas and Rights to Remain for teacher training is the UK government website here: 

We accept applications from non-UK citizens.

If you’re from within the EEA, you can apply if you have permission to work in the UK. For non-EEA citizens, you can currently apply if you are eligible to work in the UK for the duration of the programme.

If you have not lived within the EEA for the last three years, you may not be eligible for the bursary

Most Now Teacher participants receive a bursary or scholarship from the government which is paid to them in monthly instalments.

This works in the same way as a salary but it is tax-free and does not need to be repaid.

Candidates may be eligible for a bursary depending on what subject they wish to teach.

More information around bursaries and salaries can be found here.

To be eligible for a bursary in certain subjects’ candidates must:

Have at least a 2:2 at undergraduate degree level, or have a Masters/PhD.

Have been living in the UK or another EEA country for at least three
years prior to starting their teacher training.

The training provider is ultimately responsible for deciding whether candidates are eligible
for a bursary.  For the latest subject allocation, please see our page on Finance and Funding.

Now Teach is an education charity for people who have had a successful career and now want to use their experience to make a difference by becoming teachers. People who join our Network often have decades of experience and come from a range of sectors. 

We help career changers by advising them on which teacher training place to choose and providing support through initial teacher training and beyond.

We also invite Now Teachers to join our Network - a national community of like-minded peers with similar backgrounds. This helps to smooth the transition into teaching and accelerates their progress in the profession.

This ongoing support, coaching, training sessions and our Network is designed to amplify impact and accelerate progress as second career teachers.

It is possible to join Now Teach if you have already found a training position.

The Now Teach programme is not just about recruiting people into teaching; we want to support career changers and returners to work in their training year and beyond.

We will work with you and your training provider to provide the best possible support alongside being part of the wider Now Teach network.