NOW TEACH NETWORK
Now Teach finds and supports career changers in teaching. Now Teachers bring a range of backgrounds and quality experience to the education system. What they share is a passion to do something new, which is challenging and makes a difference to young people.
Because of the experience gained in previous roles, Now Teachers bring new and diverse perspectives into secondary schools. These perspectives and experiences are most successfully deployed once you have started to develop classroom skills.
Now Teach are experts in supporting individuals in establishing themselves as second (or later) career teachers. All Now Teachers have had successful careers elsewhere prior to becoming teachers. Our network enables Now Teachers to access training that is tailored for them, setting them up for success in schools.
What will I achieve from being a part of Now Teach?
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“At the end of my first year I had achieved Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). QTS is vitally important as it allows me to teach in schools in England. In my second year in teaching, I then progressed into completing my NQT year.”
Through Now Teach you can achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) by completing a school or university-based route at one of Now Teach’s partners. Where you will train will depend on your location, as training varies depending on where you live and what subject you want to teach. For my training, I was based in one school, but I had a term at a second school as part of my training which I found great.
Now Teach supported me throughout the process of getting onto the training and then worked with me throughout my teacher training and induction year.
My training was through a School Direct route which means it was principally school-based. I wanted to spend as much time in the classroom as possible. I was also able to complete my PGCE qualification whilst training in my first two years. This was a series of academic and reflective projects which helped me whilst I trained. However, this was optional as the key qualification I needed to achieve (in order to be able to teach) was my QTS.
You can also choose to train via a university or other provider-led course. The training options vary depending on where you live. If you are training in a university or on a provider-led course, you still spend portions of your training in school.
When you start, you wonder whether the class are progressing, but when you see acceptance and enthusiasm in your class it makes it feel worth it.
WHAT SURPRISED YOU ABOUT TEACHING?
What will my training look like?
Now Teach’s team of experts work with you to ensure you can pick a programme in your area, in your subject choice.
They then worked with me to ensure the eligibility and compliance checks were completed. They also helped me prepare before my interview in school.
Their team of experts helped me access the correct support in school as well as ensure I received the correct financial reimbursement including bursaries or scholarships.
When I had accepted an offer with my training provider, they then supported me with gaining experience in school and held on-boarding sessions to make sure I was ready for the start of term.
Throughout the year, Now Teach then set up sessions with the network and provided coaching to accelerate my progress.
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Now Now Teacher
HOW DOES NOW TEACH SUPPORT you?
I very quickly discovered when I embarked on the journey into becoming a teacher with Now Teach just how crucial the Programmes Team is to a successful outcome. The team has helped me navigate the education profession. They provide access to an experienced teacher who is independent and who, as they have followed your steps and missteps along this very different journey, understands the landscape you are negotiating very well. They have helped me enormously with applications, with cover letters and C.V. advice, in interpreting messages from schools, and, sometimes as importantly as anything else, they have always been ready to listen.
Chris Lees, 2019 Cohort
You will then start at your school or university/provider in September. You will not be teaching a full timetable when you start. You are likely to be teaching 4-6 hours a week, with support, and these increase as you progress. In September we hold our first Teach Meet designed to support you. In October our first Network Session will focus on a key topic that our previous trainees identified as wanting to hear more about. Your school coach or mentor and key staff from your training provider will be guiding you when you start to make sure you are progressing.
As you advance through the year, together with your in-school mentor, we focus on accelerating your progress and teacher persona. Bonds grow between fellow Now Teachers; this network is a resource as our teachers help each other throughout the year.
It’s the little things I see, like when Now Teachers compare lesson plans or send supportive messages ahead of a tricky class, that makes me proud to work with our Now Teachers.
“Now Teach has supported my fellow trainee teachers for their first two years of teaching. My first year was funded by the government bursary and by a scholarship, but what Now Teach do in the second year is help you get a Newly Qualified Teacher position which is salaried. This is normally in the school you did your QTS year in, however, in some instances it may be in a different school in your area.
As an NQT you have a 10% reduction in your teaching schedule (compared to a fully-qualified teacher) referred to as Planning, Preparation and Assessment (PPA) to help support your workload.
Now Teach started in 2016 and it has been fascinating to see the network flourish with several of our first-year group now starting to take up leadership positions. Many prefer to stick as classroom teachers as they have previously held leadership positions in industry and see their focus helping pupils directly. The nice thing about career change and specifically education is, it is your choice what you want to work towards.”
“When Lucy Kellaway came to me with the opportunity to help career changers become teachers, we wanted to make sure their training was designed to help them succeed and stay. We knew that our trainees needed: