Trainee Teachers

Department for Education

  • UK-wide
  • £22,476.00 - £28,098.00
  • Academic - faculty

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The DfE is responsible for education and children’s services in England.  We work to achieve a highly educated society in which opportunity is equal for children and young people, no matter what their background or family circumstances. One such area we do this is by attracting high-quality graduates into teaching.

To help attract high-quality graduates with the potential to be exceptional teachers, a range of tax-free bursaries or prestigious scholarships of £30,000* are available to train as a physics teacher. There’s even support in place before you apply - when you register with DfE’s Get Into Teaching website, you could receive free tailored advice from a teaching expert throughout the application process.

Teaching is a rewarding profession in more ways than one, offering attractive starting salaries, fantastic career prospects, development opportunities and generous financial benefits to train. There are a number of training options available to you depending on your personal circumstances, qualifications and the subject age group you want to teach:

School-led training

Across England, there are school-led training options for those who want hands-on training in a school. On a school-led training course, you’ll get the chance to learn on the job in at least two schools, learning from experienced colleagues and putting your new skills into practice from day one.

University-led training

Universities and colleges offer teacher training courses for both graduates and undergraduates. If you want your teacher training to be based at a university, this is the option for you.

Postgraduate courses run full-time over one year or part-time over two years. Your training will include spending time at your university or college, working with other trainees and being taught by university colleagues.

You’ll also spend plenty of time in your placement schools – a minimum of 24 weeks. This will help you develop your practical teaching skills and ability to manage and plan classes effectively.

Most school-led and all post-graduate university-led courses include a post-graduate certificate in education (PGCE), a professional qualification you can gain while training towards qualified teacher status. You should check the exact details of individual courses on UCAS Teacher Training.

Now is a great time to train to teach physics. It’s becoming increasingly popular with students and great physics teachers are in demand. You’ll also be working alongside the most talented people in teaching - many trainee physics teachers have a 2:1 or first. 

Applications for teacher training in 2019 are now open – register with Get Into Teaching to access free support to make a successful application.

When you register, you’ll receive support which includes: 

  • dedicated one-to-one support from an experienced teaching expert throughout your teacher training application
  • help with arranging school experience
  • valuable interview tips to help you stand out from the crowd
  • guidance on booking and passing the professional skills tests

Closing date: Various

*Conditions apply. Visit education.gov.uk/teachconditions

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