There are many ways to become a teacher. Now Teach offers a unique pathway for talented people to change career and bring their experience into the classroom.

We know that changing career and applying to become a teacher can seem difficult. Now Teach exists to help you apply for teacher training, choose a training provider that suits you and then support you through your training and beyond.

There will be a lot to learn and adjust to when you become a teacher, so we enhance your progress by providing development support and the network of like-minded individuals who are also part of Now Teach.

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

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

your application

Eligibility

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. Now Teach run School Insight Events for candidates who have applied or you can speak to Get Into Teaching. We would also recommend you review resources available on what it is like to be a teacher.

Application

Your next step will be to complete the full application form. This asks for your full CV and two written questions about your career and your motivations to become a teacher. You can complete your application immediately after filling in the eligibility form or go back to it later. We will send you a personalised link via email.

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. 

interview

If your application is successful you’ll be invited to a video interview with us, to discuss your motivation and how Now Teach could support you through your career change into teaching.

Once you pass the Now Teach interview, your Recruitment Advisor will work with you to identify a teacher training provider or school that is right for you, where you will be invited to a formal interview typically, this will be a competency-based interview and a classroom-based exercise. A subject knowledge, numeracy and literacy test may also be included at this stage.

We run regular sessions to ensure you’re fully prepared and your Recruitment Advisor will be available to offer advice and guidance. If you are working towards a university-based route, we will support you with your UCAS application and, where applicable, your university interview.

training Offer

Once you have an offer from the training provider and/or school, you will need to complete pre-training checks (more details below) including UCAS, DBS and subject knowledge enhancement courses where necessary.

To begin preparing for your training, we recommend you read websites such as Seneca learningTeacher Toolkit and Google Classroom.

First Day

Congratulations; you are now a Now Teacher and part of a pioneering network of experienced people on the same career-change journey as you. You will start your teacher training in early September.

Before then, you will meet your fellow Now Teachers. You will also start getting to know your Programme Manager.

Some trainees may have training or an induction during the summer. We want you to feel part of the network as soon as possible, so we arrange welcoming events during the summer.

pre-training checks

Before a teacher training offer is made, you will have to complete some pre-training checks. Any offer is conditional on the successful completion of all these checks.

Before Your Interview

We need to ensure you have the right academic qualifications, so all Now Teach candidates must have completed an undergraduate honours degree, usually achieving at least a second class degree.

If you studied abroad, you should apply through NARIC and send us your equivalency certificate to show that the degree is at honours level.

There are some instances where candidates without an honours degree can join Now Teach, particularly if you have achieved a Masters or PhD. The Recruitment team are at hand to discuss this with you.

It is a legal requirement for teachers to have a maths and English GCSE or equivalent at ‘C’ or above.

If you do not have this, you can take a GCSE equivalency test. There are lots of different providers offering this and a test costs around £150. An easily accessible provider is Equivalency Testing.

After Your Interview

We know that the length of your journey to school has a significant influence on how successful your training will be. Unlike many other organisations, Now Teach and our partners aim to place you in a school that will keep the commute from home to 45 minutes or under.

One of the biggest differences between professional life and the classroom is in the use of IT on a daily basis. Once you have passed your 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.

once You’ve secured a training place

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.

All trainee teachers must apply for their training through UCAS. Your Now Teach Recruitment Advisor will give you advice and guidance on how and when to complete your UCAS application. 

Depending on your current knowledge and confidence, you may need to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course before you start your training.

These were put in place by the Department for Education to maximize the success of those training to teach. Now Teachers from previous years have said how helpful they are in building confidence before they began teaching.

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

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

If you are not asked to complete an SKE, we still recommend using the free Seneca Learning Resources.

Arranging your finances

Most Now Teachers receive a bursary while they train. This is tax-free and is paid in 10 monthly instalments over the training year, much like a salary.

You don’t need to apply for a bursary. If you’re enrolled on a non-salaried postgraduate course and meet the eligibility criteria, you will begin receiving payments from your chosen teacher training provider when you begin your course.

Candidates may be eligible for a bursary depending on what subject they wish to teach. For instance, science, maths, 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’ or PhD.
  • been living in the UK or another EEA country for at least three years prior to starting teacher training.

More information around bursaries and salaries can be found on the Get Into Teaching site. 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. You can find out more on our Finance page.

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

For information on how to apply for a student loan, click here. Fees can vary, so full details are provided once you have been placed with a school or training provider.

You do not pay Now Teach any fees.

You can find out more on our Finance page.

As a newly qualified teacher, you’ll begin on a salary of at least £24,373 or £30,480 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 £2,796 to £13,654.

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