Many career changers say that spending time in schools was the most important step as they changed career. School visits helped them decide that teaching was right for them and made their applications even stronger.
We can’t tell you is what it’s like to be in a school. There are the quiet early mornings as staff arrive and loud lunchtimes as hundreds of young people let off steam. Schools are unique places to work.
You'll need to find out what they are like yourself to make sure teaching is right for you and to hear from other career changers.
We recommend aspiring career changers organise a visit to a local school.
Schools are busy places but many teachers are willing to share their experiences with you. If you have links locally, ask a nearby school if you can arrange a visit.
You can also find schools in your area using the Schools Web Directory.
Our Career Change Specialists can advise on how to make the most of your visit and might be able to recommend one of our partner schools. You'll probably need to take annual leave from work to see a school environment during the day - and we would highly recommend it.
Speak to a Career Change Specialist by registering with Now Teach.
The Department for Education’s Get Into Teaching service provides a school experience service. You register for free and they pair you with local schools.
We also suggest you visit more than one school because they can be very different; this experience will make sure you are aware of this diversity and make your application stronger.
There are a number of things that Now Teachers say helped them during their in school experience:
If you have registered with Now Teach, tell your Career Change Specialist which school you are visiting, and we can see if there’s a Now Teacher there who can give you the inside story.
Before you arrange your school visit, you can do some desk research too. Dive right in...
This is a really helpful and concise introduction to the English school system from academies to qualifications by the education world’s weekly newspaper, TES.
Insightful view into the ups and downs of a day in a science classroom full of teenagers.
Now Teachers describe their busy day around the school as career-change trainees.
Now Teachers were full of praise for this. The full series is not available right now but clips from each episode give a good introduction.
Very different from ‘School’ in tone, while still giving a full picture of school life and working with teenagers across England.