Teacher Training

Teaching is a rewarding profession, where you can truly make a difference to the lives of others. Imparting knowledge to students is just part of the role, where you will also act as a role model and mentor.

If you are considering teaching as a career, there are a number of providers who offer a variety of ways to train, and we have included information here to help you decide which route to take.

We believe that East Sussex is an exciting place to live and work so if you are returning to teaching or moving to the area, you will find links to all the resources you might need.

There are regular events held in the area about getting into teaching, so check back regularly to find out about events near you or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Getting School Experience

The Department for Education service, Getting School Experience, lists schools who offer the opportunity to spend a day or half day in a school to experience what the role might be like.

You will typically be able to observe lessons, often in your chosen subject area, and speak to teachers about day-to-day school life.

Due to measures in place for the response to coronavirus (COVID-19), school experience events may be affected. Some schools are offering online alternatives which can be found in the school’s detail page. Find out more here.

Routes into teaching

To teach in a state school in England, you must have a degree and gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) by following a programme of Initial Teacher Training (ITT). You must have achieved minimum requirements in GCSE English, Maths, and Science if you wish to teach at primary-level. You can teach in independent schools, academies, and free schools in England without QTS, but it’s a definite advantage to have it.

There are different routes into teaching – both academic and employment based – and a variety of training providers offering various possible options.

To get the most detailed accurate information, it’s always best to contact the provider directly, but we have outlined the most common options here.

To find the best route into teaching for you, use our handy diagram to find out your options.