Visiting a school is not always possible, so we have selected a library of articles, videos, reports, and podcasts to give you an idea of what it’s like to work in school and be a trainee teacher. We have focused on what our Now Teachers say mattered most to them.

Seb French Teacher

School Insight Resources

Schools are busy places but many teachers are willing to share their experiences with you. Although some schools may be cancelling their school experience days, many are arranging alternative provisions if you ask.

Getting school experience
Peter Watson PE

What Are Schools Like

You may not have spent much time in a school since you were a teenager, so getting an idea of what state secondary schools are like is really important.

What are schools like
Conference Michael

How Are Lessons Delivered

There are a variety of teaching styles and these lessons are more ‘teacher-led from the front’ instead of students working together, but you will find out more about your school’s teaching culture at interview.

How are lessons delivered
Charlotte headshot

What Is Teacher Training Like

There are different types of teacher training but Now Teach trainees have many shared experiences as career-changers. These are some of their stories.

What is teacher training like
Nic Classroom

How Does Behaviour Management Work

Once they are in school, Now Teachers say student misbehaviour is not the huge challenge they feared it would be. Schools treat behaviour as a priority and your training equips to calm and manage classes. These links explain some of the tools you will be given as you train.

How does behaviour management work
Edwige Classroom

Education: The Bigger Picture

The education sector is a huge sector. There are many different voices, opinions and methods, all of which can be explored in your new career. We have gathered some initial resources to get to grip with the sector.

Education: the bigger picture
Hands Up
I chose Now Teach because why wouldn’t you? I had the choice of going it alone or having someone to provide bespoke support and a community

Razi Hassan, physics teacher and former investment banker


There’s a lot to consider if you are thinking about becoming a teacher, so we’ve gathered together the key information that you need to know. If your questions aren’t answered here, please email our expert Recruitment team who will be happy to provide advice.

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.

A great education is a vital part of a young person's life and schools are constantly working to make sure their students learn and thrive. There is always a need for great teachers who can make a difference.

This is particularly important for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, who are less likely to get the grades that lead to a job with good prospects or university. 

At the same time, our lives are growing longer. Many experienced and highly skilled professionals are looking for new and rewarding challenges for the next stage in their working lives. We know some of these people want to teach.

In the past, many career-changers moving into teaching have found the transition tough and have left the profession after only a few years. We are changing that.

Now Teach helps career-changers successfully retrain to become great teachers, helping them secure a training place, and then supporting them to stay in the profession for the long-term.

Now Teach provides career changers with a tailor-made support programme, including a new professional network of other career-changers, to amplify their impact and accelerate progress.

We want changing career later in life to become a normal, unexceptional step. We want talented people to bring their skills and insights into the teaching environment and, over time, use their experience to contribute to wider improvements in education.

The is our term of participants working with us whilst they retrain. Now Teachers have typically held senior positions or been technical specialists and are now looking to use their skills and experience to make a difference in the classroom – whilst training to become a teacher. Now Teachers are a diverse group who are all seeking a new challenge. They want to share a love of their subject and their life experiences to help realise their students’ potential.