Overview

We attract experienced professionals into teaching and support them through training and the early years of their career. We want Now Teachers to make the biggest difference possible to the schools that need them.

If you are an experienced professional who would like to teach then Now Teach is for you! You can read more about what it takes or complete an expression of interest and tell us when, what and where you would like to teach.

You can also find out more about the experiences of current Now Teachers in our Case Studies

Our Programme

Our dedicated recruitment team help potential Now Teachers navigate the complex world of teacher training. They:

  • help you decide if teaching is the right next step
  • guide you to the best course, school/provider and subject
  • place you with a school or training provider as close as possible to where you live (aiming for less than a 45-minute commute to your placement school)
  • arrange school experience before you start
  • help refresh your subject knowledge 

Once on a teacher training course with a trusted partner, we provide a programme of complementary support to accelerate Now Teachers’ progress and increase their impact in schools.

 Whole cohort support:

We know that as experienced professionals Now Teachers will be used to having a strong network of peers within their current/previous profession they can draw on for help or support. Our programme is designed so that Now Teachers quickly establish themselves as part of a strong professional network. Whole cohort support and networking opportunities are provided through:

  • an annual Now Teach conference in July which will include a preparation session focused on career changing
  • monthly Teach Meets: evenings with notable speakers and networking opportunities
  • four half day Cohort Sessions covering topics relevant to new teachers
  • a Graduation celebration at the end of year 1
  • regular social events

 

Personalised support:

In addition to the professional network, we know there are times that the demands of the role or training will require more bespoke support or development. All Now Teachers will have the support of a Programme Manager from when they secure a place on the programme. They will facilitate:

  • access to IT training
  • contact with existing Now Teach cohort members and networks of interest groups
  • additional/complementary support and development
  • support as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) as well as career progression guidance
  • access to wellbeing and career coaches 
  • support in drawing links between previous professional experience and the classroom.

 

In addition to all of this, Now Teach will harness the collective voice of the cohort to advocate within the sector, for example for increased part time/flexible working. 

Now Teach in our first two years have placed 122 teachers in c.40 schools in London & Hastings. 

Now in addition to London & Hastings, we are placing teachers in the West Midlands (in areas easily commutable to Birmingham, Coventry) and East Anglia (Norwich, Ipswich and Cambridgeshire). 

We will place you with a school or training provider close to where you live which suits you. 

Our focus is on shortage subjects. These include: Maths, Science, Computer Science, Languages (particularly French and Spanish) and Geography.

Whilst we will consider other subjects too, it can take longer to secure a training place. If you have already secured a place to train to be a teacher with a school or provider and would like to be part of the Now Teach cohort, please get in touch.

We place Now Teachers to complete their teacher training with one of our partners. There are two options for this: school-based or centre-based.

In the majority of cases this means, unlike any other programme in the UK, you complete your first year of training in one year whilst being at school only four days per week, giving you a greater degree of flexibility to fulfil other commitments you may have. This is a compressed training programme. 

By the end of your first year, you will have gained Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

You will be trained through a mixture of theory and practice. You can also study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and earn points towards a master’s degree, depending on which provider you train with.

Pre-programme school experience enables you to get to know your school and meet colleagues.

Some training providers include summer training before you start for up to two weeks.

As you progress you will take on more responsibility. Your training will include co-planning and observations with teachers in your school. You will have regular contact with tutors who will support your personalised training plan.

If your training is based in one main school placement, you will also spend time in other schools to understand how different each school can be and help build your teaching experience. For trainees on a centre-based programme the year will usually be made up of two or more longer training placements. 

As a trainee teacher you will have at least one in-school mentor and at least one tutor provided by your training provider. In addition, you will have the support of the Now Teach cohort, your programme manager and access to our team of wellbeing coaches.

After successfully completing your first year of training you will gain QTS, you may apply for a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) role at a placement school and if successful, continue teaching there.

Your year as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) includes an assessment at the end of each term. It is a year to develop your skills and apply what you have learned in your QTS year. We will support you in seeking part time NQT opportunities should you want them.

As an NQT you have a 10% reduction in your teaching schedule referred to as Planning, Preparation and Assessment (PPA) so you can expand your non-classroom skills and abilities. You will get direct support in this from a mentor in your school.

Now Teach will continue to support you during your NQT year with our programme of support.

Our Programme

Programme Overview

RECRUIT

Our dedicated recruitment team help you navigate the complex world of teacher training. We:

  • Help you decide if this is the right step, and guide you to choose the best route and subject for you*
  • Place you with a school as close as possible to where you live (less than a 45-minute commute)
  • Arrange for you to do school experience before you start
  • Support you to get up to speed with your subject knowledge if it’s rusty

*You may decide that a university-based training route is for you. Please apply to Now Teach and tell us if this is the route you’re interested in.

RETAIN

Once you are on a Now Teach course with a trusted partner, we provide a programme of complementary support to accelerate your impact in schools.

In addition to your Initial Teacher Training (more about that here) you will:

  • Become part of a cohort of likeminded professionals
  • Hear from a range of leading educationalists
  • Receive dedicated support from a Programme Manager

OUR PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES INCLUDES

Whole cohort support:

  • An induction which includes preparation for changing career
  • Regular Teach Meets – monthly evenings with notable speakers and time for networking
  • Four half day Cohort Sessions covering topics relevant to new teachers
  • Graduation celebration at the end of year 1

Bespoke support:

  • Help accessing additional support and development
  • IT training
  • Support during your (Newly Qualified Teacher) NQT year as well as career progression guidance
  • Wellbeing Coaches accessible throughout your time as a teacher
  • Support in drawing links between your professional experience and your new career

In addition to all of this, we will harness the collective voice of the cohort to advocate within the sector, for example part time/flexible working.

Locations

Now Teach works with more than 50 secondary schools in London, Hastings, East Anglia and the West Midlands.

We will place you in a school close to where you live which suits you.

Subjects

Maths, Science, Computer Science, Languages (particularly Spanish) and Geography.

Year 1

As a Now Teacher we will place you on a teacher training route with one of our partners. In most cases this means, unlike any other programme in the UK, you complete your first year of training in one year whilst being at school only four days per week, giving you a greater degree of flexibility to fulfil other commitments you may have.

By the end of your first year, you will have gained Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

You will be trained on the job through a mixture of theory and practice – but classroom based. You can also study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and earn points towards a master’s degree, depending on which provider you train with.

Pre-programme school experience enables you to get to know your school and meet some colleagues.

Some training providers include summer training before you start for up to two weeks.

As you progress you will take on more responsibility. Your training will include co-planning and observations with teachers in your school. You will have regular contact with tutors who will support your personalised training plan.

During your first year, you will also spend time in other schools to understand how different each school can be and help build your teaching experience.

As a trainee teacher you will have at least one in-school mentor and at least one tutor provided by your training provider. In addition, you will have the support of the Now Teach cohort, your programme manager and access to our team of wellbeing coaches. (link to programme overview?)

After successfully completing your first year of training you will gain QTS, if you and your school are happy, you can apply for a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) role at your school and if successful, continue teaching there.

Year 2

Your year as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) includes an assessment at the end of each term. It is a year to develop your skills and apply what you have learned in your QTS year. We will support you in seeking part time NQT opportunities should you want them.

As an NQT you have a 10% reduction in your teaching schedule referred to as Planning, Preparation and Assessment (PPA) so you can expand your non-classroom skills and abilities. You will get direct support in this from a mentor in your school.

Now Teach will continue to support you during your NQT year with our programme.

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