Take your first step

Visit a school

If you're thinking about a career in teaching, the first thing you should do is visit a school. It's a great way to help you decide if teaching is right for you and where you'd like to work.

It's a good idea to try and spend some time in the classroom too and have a chat with some qualified teachers who can share their experiences.

If you want to work in a certain area, talk to teachers who've been through a local teacher training programme. This will help you find out more about the culture and practicalities of what's on offer there.

Perhaps you already have a teacher training provider in mind? In that case, ask them how much school experience you'll need before you apply. If you're working, do remember that not all providers require school experience, as it can be difficult to arrange for working people.

You can arrange your own London school experience directly with a school provider and some schools will be part of the national School Experience Programme.

Come to a teacher training event

Another way to find our more about the profession is to come to a teacher event in London. These are run by schools and other teacher training providers around the capital.

You can find information on training opportunities across the UK on the Department for Education Get Into Teaching website.

The Department for Education also provides real-time online events which discuss a range of topics related to teacher training, including personal statement advice and help with deciding the best training route. You can sign up for these here.

Schools and other providers that would like to promote events, should get in touch with us via email.

London Teacher Training Recruitment Fair


Register now for the London Teacher Training Recruitment Fair at City Hall on 23 April 6-9pm.

City Hall, More London Riverside, London, SE1 2AA

A free teacher training fair where you can talk directly to providers about their courses and vacancies for primary and secondary teacher training.

There will also be a presentation and Q&A session (in the Assembly Chamber) about getting into teaching at 7.00pm. This will explain the different types of course and funding available to support you while you train. It will explain the basic entry requirements and how you can find and read about courses near where you live. You will be given advice about how to get experience in a school and how to secure a place on a teacher training course.

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