Founded in 2016, the Now Teach programme is in it’s third year of operation and is now open for applications from experienced professionals wanting a career change, who are interested in retraining to become a Teacher in 2018.
The programme aims to help people, who’ve already had a successful career, to become great teachers. The course is the only one in the UK designed solely for career changers. Depending on the school, most Now Teachers work four days a week. The course is school-based and is delivered by various teacher training providers, with an additional layer of support from Now Teach.
The bulk of the technical teacher training will be the same as it is for any other trainee on any other teacher training programme. Where Now Teach differs – beyond the time commitment – is in the wraparound support offered.
Currently, Now Teach teachers will be working in secondary schools in London and Hastings.
Now Teach will try to place you in a school close to where you live, and make sure that its culture and ethos suits yours.
Now Teach is planning to expand further over the next few years so it is worth filling in an expression of interest and letting them know where you would like to teach. Amongst other factors, the expansion plans will be based on where potential candidates live.
Now Teach is mainly looking for teachers in the following subjects:
- Computer Science
- Languages (French and Spanish)
- All Sciences
However, if you are interested in teaching something else, do still get in touch.
You will be trained on the job by one of the Now Teach training partners. The training will be a mixture of theory and practice, based in the classroom. Depending on the school you are placed in, it is likely you will also need to do some training in the summer before you start. The providers are all different, but this can range from two to four weeks.
Unlike virtually every other programme in the country, most Now Teach teachers are able to complete their first year of training in one year, while working only four days per week. The course is still full-time, but it gives 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). On successfully completing the second year of the programme, you will become a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT). After that, if both you and your school are happy, you would simply continue teaching there.
You will have regular contact with tutors who will support your personalised training plan.
How to Apply
See here for more details and how to apply. Applications for the 2018 intake close on June 17th.
To read more information about return to work or career change programmes in general, please visit the Runneth Returnship Page or for other opportunities that are available, see our UK Returnship List for 2018.