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Careers in teaching


Primary, Secondary or Further Education?

Teaching is a career option for many Royal Holloway graduates and with many of the application deadlines early in the academic year, now's the time to get informed and discover your options!

Where to start?

The Department of Education's Get Into Teaching website is a really useful online resource where you can explore your options and get support and advice. Register with them to get tailored advice and information about teacher training.

Curious about a Career in Teaching? Not sure which of the many routes into teaching would be right for you?

These teacher training providers, all have something slightly different to offer, from a PGCE one-year programme of study at a university, to working in a school from day one and earning a salary whilst studying for the qualification.

Premier Pathways

Premier Pathways

Two year programme: year one as a paid Teaching Assistant, year two as a Trainee Teacher (primary or secondary).

St Mary's University

St Mary's University

PGCE one-year programme of study or School Direct programme (primary or secondary).

Royal Holloway has developed a relationship with St Mary’s University. You can benefit from regular training fromSt Mary’s on the Royal Holloway campus. Expertteachers from St Mary’s are available to help younavigate your training options and provide supportthrough your application process. Click here to find out more.

Teach First

Teach First

Two-year Leadership Development programme in schools across the UK (primary or secondary)

Teach South East

Teach South East

School-centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme in schools across the South East of England (secondary only)

i2i Teaching Partnership

i2i Teaching Partnership

School-centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme in schools in Surrey and Hampshire (secondary only)

Thamesmead School

Thamesmead School

Offers a choice of routes including PGCE  / School-centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme 

Ark Teacher Training

Find out more about Ark Teacher Training.


Discover your prospects!

Prospects is a useful website, where you can explore the different roles in a sector.

Check out their teaching role profiles:

A look back to Careers in Teaching Day 2019

Our Careers in Teaching Day took place on 10 October 2019, which included:

  • Beginner's Guide to a Career in Teaching
  • Teaching Fair, giving students the opportunity to explore the different pathways you can take
  • Applications Workshop: Weydon School & St. Mary’s

Teaching Fair Collage 2019

Online Passport Challenges 2018

Numeracy skills for trainee teachers Passport Challenge

Thinking of applying for Teaching Training?  Did you know that you'll have to complete a numeracy test as part of the application process?

This is a practice test adapted from Department for Education practice tests. It has been designed to allow trainee teacher applicants to prepare for the Numeracy Professional Skills test which needs to be passed prior to the start of the course. This resource aims to familiarise applicants with question types and test format and provides practise in answering typical questions. Find out more.

Train to teach Passport Challenge - further details of the 2019 Passport Challenge to follow

So what makes a great teacher? Inspirational, positive and energetic people with a growth mindset and who lead by example, who are driven and motivated with a great sense of humour. Beyond these soft skills, practical subject skills and school experience will support your application to become a teacher.

The last quiz gave a taste of the application process itself and for one winner, the opportunity to experience a day at Weydon School in Farnham. Observing teachers in action will give you a good sense of the skills needed and provide some invaluable experience for your CV and application. Find out more


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