Watch teachers and trainee teachers explaining how and why they got into the profession.
Teaching offers you all the opportunities, training, support and rewards you need to develop and build a stimulating and successful career.
You can find out what it's like to be a teacher on the pages below and discover more real-life stories from teachers on our YouTube channel.
Follow our step-by-step guide to becoming a teacher.
Find out more about the competitive salary and other benefits of teaching.
Life as a teacher is challenging, varied, and highly rewarding. But don't take our word for it; our trainees' and teachers' stories offer first-hand insights into a range of teacher training courses, and shine a light on what you can expect once you've qualified.
You can also find out from pupils and their parents what they think makes a good teacher, and discover how you can make a real difference to young people.
- Trainees – whether you're a recent graduate or hoping to change career, find out what to expect and how to prepare from these trainee teachers.
- Teachers – qualified teachers tell us about the fantastic challenges, job satisfaction and progression opportunities of life in the classroom.
- Career changers – qualified teachers tell us why they decided to retrain.
- Parents' and pupils' stories – pupils and their parents tell us what qualities make a good teacher and school, and share their stories of inspirational teachers.
Find out what your induction year as a newly qualified teacher (NQT) will be like.
Find out what it's really like to be a teacher by watching these videos of teachers at work.
Read about the support available for teachers with disabilities.
About to complete your initial teacher training (ITT)? This page provides practical information and resources for teachers looking for a job.