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If you're an eligible Service leaver, you'll find teaching to be an extremely rewarding career. As well as excellent career progression opportunities and a competitive salary, you'll be able to bring a wealth of knowledge and skills to the classroom.

Your time in the Armed Forces will have given you many transferable skills. You'll already feel confident motivating and communicating with people, and these are important qualities to have when teaching young people. The skills that you have gained will be of enormous value and will stand you in good stead for career advancement.

Starting salary

Once you have completed your initial teacher training (ITT) and achieved qualified teacher status (QTS), you can expect the following starting salaries, depending on your previous experience and the region in which you teach:

  • London fringe: £22,853 to £32,914
  • Outer London: £25,369 to £35,468
  • Inner London: £27,270 to £36,751
  • Rest of England and Wales: £21,804 to £31,868

For a more detailed breakdown of the salaries you can earn at each stage of your teaching career, visit our teaching salary ranges page

Career progression

You'll have plenty of opportunities to progress and take on extra responsibilities in your career as a teacher. You might find yourself aiming for a management or leadership position, such as becoming a leading practitioner, or even a head teacher.

These groups have higher pay ranges, and where you fit into them will depend on your position, experience, performance and location, as well as on your individual school. You can find out more on our progression page

What other benefits are there to teaching?

As well as a competitive starting salary, you'll receive a range of benefits, including:

  • teaching and learning responsibility (TLR) payments – you could receive additional pay if you take on extra responsibilities
  • a teachers' pension
  • holidays – you'll get more days than many people in other professions. Teachers work for 195 days per year in school, but you'll also need to prepare work during the holidays.

If you'd like more information about getting into teaching, you can sign up with us online. You can call the Teaching Line on freephone 0800 389 2500 if you'd prefer to speak to one of our dedicated advisers.