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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.

These are the key teacher training providers where you can discover your options from :

Discover your prospects!

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

Check out their teaching role profiles:


Coming up in October 2019, is our Careers in Teaching Day, which will include the Teaching Fair where you will have the opportunity to explore the different pathways you can take and support you as you prepare your applications.

Meet teaching providers on campus

Throughout the year, we also regularly invite teacher training providers on campus as part of our Meet the Employer Programme and to engage with students at our many careers fairs.

Teaching Fair collage October 2018

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

These teacher training providers, who 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, will be attending our Teaching Fair. 

Here's a list of the providers and what they have to offer. Click on the links to find out more:

Teacher training provider What's on offer?
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

PGCE one-year programme of study or School Direct programme

(primary or secondary)

Teach First

Two-year Leadership Development programme in schools across the UK

(primary or secondary)

Teach South East 

School-centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme in schools

across the South East of England (secondary only)


School-centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme in schools

in Surrey and Hampshire (secondary only)

Ark Teacher Training

School-centred two year Teacher Training (SCITT) programme in London,

South East or Birmingham (primary or secondary)

Online Passport Challenges

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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