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A career change into teaching

Charlotte’s story

"I began my career in the hotel industry, running conferences and events before moving into office-based management. I then decided that teaching was what I really wanted to do.

To qualify as a teacher, I gave up work to become a full time student to complete my PGCE. As I was a scientist, I got a bursary to assist financially. Being a full time student was amazing - I was worried about being the oldest one, but my PGCE cohort was a vibrant and fun mix of all ages and backgrounds!

I finished my PGCE and I secured a full time, permanent post. I put myself forward for opportunities that were available, and as I result I was able to progress quite quickly. I am now an Assistant Headteacher: being able to evidence my skills and experience in my pre-career teaching career was a huge help in securing my position.  Leadership of people is the same set of skills in any sector, and highly valued in education.

6 years after qualifying, I am earning more than I ever did pre- my career change, and my job satisfaction is so much higher.  I feel challenged, motivated and rewarded in my job, and every day am grateful I made the move into education."

About Us

North Avon Teaching School Alliance is based in South Gloucestershire and runs a school based teacher training programme in both primary and secondary programmes across a wide range of local schools.

Life experience and experience in a range of workplaces can be a real benefit for those training to teach. Those with a wealth of experience and the right approach can rise through the ranks to Senior Leadership within a few years where you can earn over £50,000 and make a difference to lives in your local community.

Dedicate a couple of hours to finding out more!

Find out more by coming to one of our school experience days or drop-in sessions. Up-coming drop-in sessions are on:

Wednesday

6th February

Winterbourne Academy

6-8pm

Wednesday

6th March

Bradley Stoke Community School

10-12am

Thursday

21st March

Lyde Green Primary School

5-7pm

Wednesday

24th April

Abbeywood Community School

6-8pm

For more information or to sign up for school experience days or drop in sessions, please contact jenny.suttonkirby@olympustrust.co.uk.

How much money will I get to train?

There are three types of funding available for teacher training - depending on your circumstances, you could receive all three:

  1. Tax-free bursary or scholarship (up to £28,000)
  2. Tuition Fee Loan (up to £9,250) and Maintenance Loan (up to £11,354)
  3. Extra financial support if you're a parent, have an adult dependant or a disability

In some cases, you could even earn a salary whilst you train.

For more information about finances, go to https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-my-teacher-training.