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Troops to Teachers

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The Troops to Teachers programme is about recruiting the very best former service personnel (service leavers) into teaching. The skills and experiences you have gained during your time in the Armed Forces are invaluable, and our education system needs you to bring these to our schools. You could have the potential to become an outstanding teacher.

Troops to Teachers allows eligible service leavers without degrees, but who have gained qualifications or experiences in the services – for example teaching, instructing, mentoring and coaching – to enrol on a salaried two-year, school-led teacher training course. Trainees will receive benefits including bespoke training and mentor support, and will gain a degree and qualified teacher status (QTS) on successful completion of the programme.

Troops to Teachers is one of a range of school-led courses into teaching intended to make it easier for career changers to enter the profession, bringing with them the personal skills and experiences gained through their previous careers, including in the services.

Following a rigorous selection process, the expansion of Troops to Teachers will see a further two cohorts of highly skilled trainees begin their employment-led teacher training in September 2015 and 2016 respectively.

As an exceptional service leaver you'll have a wealth of knowledge and will hold many qualities that you can apply to teaching:

  • You'll be a good motivator with a positive can-do attitude: this will help you encourage your pupils in their learning and raise their aspirations
  • You can communicate well: you'll be able to give clear and concise instructions
  • You're able to handle challenges: you know how to behave in unexpected situations and be a good role model
  • You'll have confidence and composure: this will earn you respect in the classroom
  • You may have trained other people as part of your role: this requires patience and empathy – important skills for teaching young people

Troops to Teachers is run by the University of Brighton as the lead in a consortium of Higher Education Institutions comprising:

  • Bath Spa University
  • Canterbury Christchurch University
  • University of Huddersfield
  • University of Reading
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Staffordshire
  • Delivery schools

You are classed as an eligible service leaver if you are in the two years before or the two years after leaving the Armed Forces. If you're not an eligible service leaver, our teacher training options section has information on how you can get into teaching.

If you would like further information or advice about becoming a teacher, you can call the Teaching Line on 0800 389 2500 to speak to one of our dedicated advisers.

Routes into teaching

Graduate and non-graduate service leavers can apply for ITT. You'll gain first-hand school experience and you could earn a salary or receive a bursary while you train.

The rewards of teaching

You'll find excellent career progression opportunities as a teacher, and will benefit from a highly competitive salary.

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