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About teaching

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.

Where to start

Follow our step-by-step guide to becoming a teacher.


Find out more about the competitive salary and other benefits of teaching.

Teachers' stories

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.

Life as a newly qualified teacher

Find out what your induction year as a newly qualified teacher (NQT) will be like.

Day-to-day life as a teacher

Find out what it's really like to be a teacher by watching these videos of teachers at work.

Teachers with disabilities

Read about the support available for teachers with disabilities.

Looking for a job

About to complete your initial teacher training (ITT)? This page provides practical information and resources for teachers looking for a job.

Talk to us online

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Please return between 8am and 8pm to speak to an adviser.

Find out about School Direct

Find information on the School Direct Training Programme – train while working in a school.

Attend our teaching events

And discover first-hand what it's like to be a teacher and how to become one.

Speak to someone

Call the Teaching Line.

Follow us on social media

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