There are many ways to become a teacher but Now Teach offers a unique pathway for experienced professionals, career switchers and people returning to work.

Teaching is unlike any other profession, so we support you through the early years of your new career with bespoke training, support and alongside like-minded individuals who are part of the Now Teach network.

We want you to make the biggest difference possible in the schools that need you most.

This is a summary of how to apply to become a teacher through Now Teach.

your application


The first step is to check that you are eligible for the programme.

If eligible, we recommend that you gain some experience in a local school by arranging a visit through Get Into Teaching or attend one of our school experience events. This will help you understand more about teaching and the culture and context of your local schools.


You then move on to complete the full application form, which asks for your CV and a personal statement about why you want to become a teacher.

Your application will be evaluated by our Recruitment team. We take every care to ensure that your application is treated in an unbiased manner and our team are trained in Safer Recruitment to ensure best safeguarding practice.

A link to the application form is emailed to you and is also available on our website after the expression of interest.


If your application is successful you will be invited to an Assessment Centre.

Your assessment will be a two-hour session and include an interview, a lesson that you will need to prepare, and a subject-knowledge audit.

We recommend reviewing the Seneca learning website to brush up on your subject knowledge.

We would also recommend practising how to stand out at your interview and spend some time on Teacher Toolkit for lesson planning tips.


If you’re successful at assessment, we will look for a training position in your area (typically within 45 minutes journey). In most cases this will mean matching you with a suitable school and arranging at least a day of school experience. If both you and the school are happy then you’ll be interviewed. Now Teach will help you prepare for a school assessment. In some cases your interview will be with one of our partner training providers – and in these cases your school experience will be after a successful interview.*

*Matching is dependent on school and subject availability and may take some time. In certain cases, we may not be able to find a suitable match.

training Offer

The school and/or training provider will interview you and, if you are successful, will offer you a place to train starting in September. Offers at this stage are conditional and subject to successful completion of UCAS and final necessary checks

First Day

You will start your teacher training in early September.

Before then, you will meet your fellow Now Teachers at the Now Teach conference (6 July) and be contacted by your Now Teach Programme Manager.

Depending on your training provider, you may have up to two weeks of training before September. 


pre-training checks

We will undertake some checks during before an offer is made for teacher training. Any offer will be conditional on the successful completion of all pre-training checks. 

before assessment

To be eligible for the Now Teach programme candidates must have completed an undergraduate honours degree usually achieving at least a second class degree.

Candidates who studied abroad must apply through NARIC to verify that the degree is at honours level.

There are some instances where candidates without an honours degree may be able to join the programme based on extenuating circumstances. The recruitment team are at hand to discuss this with you.

To become a teacher it is a requirement to have a Maths and English grade C/4 GCSE or equivalent. If you do not have this you can take a GCSE equivalency test. There are lots of different providers offering this, a test  costs around £150. A provider we recommend is Equivalency Testing.

After assessment

One of the biggest differences between professional life and the classroom is in the use of IT. Once you have passed assessment, we will send you a series of short online assessments covering Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook.

Once we understand your specific needs, we will provide training to ensure you feel confident using IT in the classroom.

Location is has a significant influence on how successful your training will be. Unlike many other organisations, we aim to place Now Teachers in a school that will keep the commute from home to 45 minutes or under.

Although we have a range of partner schools currently, we are always looking to expand our network to ensure convenient and high quality placements.. 

once placement is secured

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions on more than four million people every year. Teachers are required to undergo an Enhanced with Barred Lists Check.

Click here for more information.

In order to train in England or Wales, all trainee teachers must apply to UCAS. Now Teachers do not need to apply to UCAS until you have been matched with a training provider. It is best to fill in your UCAS application once you have been placed with a provider through the following link.

Applying through UCAS requires the following information: Qualifications, Personal Statement and Personal Reference.

All trainees must pass the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy before starting their training; these tests are a national requirement. The test is best taken once you have received an offer of a placement. Successful candidates at assessment can apply through the following link.

Depending on your assessment you may need a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course. Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses have been implemented by the Department for Education to maximize the success of those training to teach.

If you have been asked to complete one, it will be a requirement of your Initial Teacher training offer and is designed to support your move into teaching by building your existing subject knowledge in your chosen subject.

There are bursaries available for SKEs and you could get up to £200 per week for completing one before your start receiving your training bursary.

Many of our candidates want to focus on their subject knowledge to prepare them for the programme. If you are not asked to complete an SKE, we recommend using the free Seneca Learning Resources

Arranging your student finance

Most Now Teachers do not receive a salary and instead apply for a the bursary once they have been placed with a school. Candidates may be eligible for a bursary depending on what subject they wish to teach.

This is tax-free and is paid in monthly instalments over the training year, much like a salary. More information around bursaries and salaries can be found on the Get Into Teaching site.

For instance, science, geography, languages and computing trainees are eligible for bursaries of £26,000.

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.

There’s extra financial support available if you’re a parent, have an adult dependant or a disability. Details on extra financial support can be found here.

In the training year, Now Teachers will have to pay for their training fees which will be between £6000-£9250 depending on the training provider.

Participants may be eligible for a student loan to help with this. For information on how to apply, click here. As fees can vary full details of fees are provided once you have been placed with a school and training provider.

Now Teachers do not have to pay Now Teach any fees.

As a newly qualified teacher, you’ll begin on a salary of at least £23,720, or £29,664 in inner London with many opportunities for this to rapidly increase.

For example, Teaching and Learning Responsibility (TLR) payments are added to a teacher’s annual salary when they take on additional and ongoing responsibilities beyond classroom teaching.

TLRs can range from an additional £2,721 to £13,288.

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