Getting into teaching

A good place to start for general information on becoming a teacher is the DfE Get into Teaching website. This offers good general information, from how to set up a school experience visits, to seeing what primary/secondary school life is like, to checking if you have the correct qualifications to apply for a teacher training course, to how to apply for a place on a teacher training course in 2020.

The DfE also offers offer a useful tailored advice service which provides you with personalised advice from a team of telephone agents who can talk you through training options, the application process and your next steps. You can register for this here.

If you prefer to speak directly to local teacher training providers for more information, you might be interested in the Department for Education’s virtual Train to Teach events. There are a range of events hosted from around the country that will showcase local providers in your area and you will be able to book a slot to speak to the providers that you are interested in.

Visit and volunteer in schools

To help you decide if teaching is right for you, and to support your application, you should do some work or volunteering in schools. If you are not sure which age or subject would suit you, contact schools in your area and ask to observe in a classroom. You should also speak to the teaching staff about the challenges and rewards of teaching and ensure you understand both the nature and demands of the job. This will not only help you make your decision but will ensure you are stronger in the interview process. The Saffron Teaching School Hub can signpost you to schools in your area.

Teaching in the Saffron Teaching School Hub area

If you would like advice about teaching in the Hub areas of Braintree, Chelmsford, Epping Forest, Harlow and Uttlesford please email Angela Rodda at

How to apply

If you have any questions about teaching or the application process, you should register with the Department for Education's Get into Teaching website, as they are able to provide personalised help from teaching experts This offers personal advise from an experience teacher. They can support with the following:

  • help with finding school experience
  • tailored advice and information about teaching
  • entry to our exclusive nationwide teaching events, where you can meet local training providers and get bespoke advice
  • email updates full of important information and tips to help you make the best teacher training application
  • help with the application process

The Department for Education website has a really helpful step by step guide on how to apply and the DfE video below also gives advice on what to do once you are ready to apply.

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How do I get help with my personal statement?

You will need a personal statement for your application. Your personal statement is used to explain why you want to become a teacher and your suitability for the role.

Take your time with it, be prepared to receive constructive feedback and write a few drafts before you send it off. For support on what to write click here.