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Because teaching is so much more…….


Katherine Ingham is a qualified Maths Teacher, and works as the Teacher Education Partnership Manager in the School of Education at Leeds. She is also looking to enrol as a part-time EdD student alongside her job role.

My role is to manage the Teacher Education Partnership at the University of Leeds. This means that I work with Schools in the Yorkshire region who train teachers through our different PGCE programmes. I have worked in business and I have worked in teaching, and this role perfectly combines both aspects.

There are 3 different ways that the School of Education trains teachers; through the traditional University-led PGCE, through School Direct and through our new model of a SCITT PGCE. Each route offers something different and each has their own merits. The University-led PGCE offers a breadth of school-based experience and training based in current academic research into teaching practices. School Direct and SCITT PGCEs allow you to apply directly to work with a school cluster.

One thing that my experience in teaching has taught me is to adapt quickly and respond to new situations! Below I have tried to summarise some of the typical tasks in my role, and how a career in teaching is so much more than you might, at first, think. Continue reading

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My review of the Autumn Fair – Teacher training options

Fair TeachingFiaza Boota is a 2nd year History student and is one of this year’s History Interns, focusing on the Teaching sector. She attended the Autumn Graduate Jobs and Internships Fair on Monday 12th October and spoke to many of the teacher training providers there.  She’s kindly written up her findings which will be particularly useful if you did not get a chance to attend yourself.

The Graduate Fair took place on Monday this week and it provided students the chance to interact with over 120 different organisations. It was useful for those who had no idea about which career they may want to advance in and also for those who were keen to talk to a representative of a company they want to work in.

I went in as a second year History student who wants to become a teacher. Going around the fair made me realise that there are hundreds of opportunities that are available to History – and other – students, here at the University of Leeds. The aim of this review is to provide those who you who didn’t get the chance to go to the Fair to gain access to information about the organisations which represented the Education sector. Continue reading

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Getting into Medicine: Top tips for Medicine applicants on interviews

So you’ve been offered an interview, your UCAS form must have impressed! Our Careers Consultant Jean Harris gives her top tips on how to ace an interview for Medicine!


Congratulations on getting an interview. The university is interested in having you as a student. The interviewers genuinely want you to show why they should give you a place. The interview is not designed to trick you or intimidate you. Here are some top preparation tips: Continue reading


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Meet our staff: Faculty Team Clerical Assistant

In this blog post we meet our Faculty Team Clerical Assistant, Michaela Lesayova. Here she tells us what her job entails and offers her top tips to students and graduates!


What is your job at the Careers Centre and what does it involve?

I graduated from Leeds University in July 2012 with a BA International degree in Managing Performance.  I have worked in various roles in the University during my degree in departments such as the International Student Office, the Study Abroad Office, Leeds International Summer School and my home department school. This extensive and positive experience led me to apply for a full-time post within the University, because I already had a valuable experience and I enjoyed working here. Continue reading

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Meet our staff: Careers Consultant

Meet Steve Carter, one of our Careers Consultants. Steve explains what his job involves and how he got where he is today!


What is your job at the Careers Centre and what does it involve?

I’m a Careers Consultant here at the Careers Centre.  My job involves giving students advice on a one-to-one basis, some teaching and also coordinating a couple of projects that involve liaising with local employers.  Continue reading

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Getting into Teaching

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Our Careers Consultant, Annabelle Cross, provides her advice and tips if you’re thinking about  a career in teaching.

Are you Energetic? A good communicator? A good manager of resources, material and time? Imaginative and creative? Able to inspire and enthuse? Do you enjoy working with young people? Do you have a sense of humour?

If you answered yes to all these then Teaching could be the career for you.

Don’t be misled however by reports in the media into thinking that teaching is easy to get into. The demanding job of teaching requires the right person and both schools and teacher training institutions will select carefully. You need recent and sustained experience in a school environment and to be able to demonstrate that you have the right skills and qualities to be an effective teacher. Continue reading

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Choosing your year abroad

Thinking of taking a year abroad as part of your degree? Hannah-Clare Akitt, a student who is currently on her year abroad, gives her advice on things to bear in mind.

Whether you’re studying languages and a year abroad is compulsory, or you’ve just decided it might be a good idea, there are a few things you need to think about before you apply.

For me, as a language student, the year abroad was inevitable, and preparations began at the beginning of my second year Continue reading

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“Schools out for summer” or is it? Top tips for getting into teaching

Teaching is a popular career path for new graduates – the opportunity to nurture young minds and the lure of an annual 6 week holiday is enough to tempt many, but is teaching really for you? Here are a few things to think about before taking that leap back into the classroom.

Do your homework

Like any other career route, research is key. This can start by checking out the useful resources below, read what a day in the life of a teacher is actually like – can you see yourself in that role? Try and talk to teachers that you know, whether family, friends or previous school teachers and ask them about their job – what are the good and bad points? What kind of skills do they think a good teacher needs? How did they get into the profession?

Still interested?  Your next step is to get some school based experience.

Getting school-based experience

School based experience is vital for teacher training applications, whichever route you decide to take. It shows that you are really aware of what teaching involves, understand the curriculum and enables you to see how a classroom works. Aim to get experience over an extended period, rather than trying to cram it all in before you apply for your teacher training. Here are a few ways to get back into school:

  • Students into Schools’ modules several schools and departments at the University of Leeds recognise the skills gained from school experience so offer accredited modules that give you classroom experience whilst counting towards your degree.
  • Access and Community Engagement offer you the chance to volunteer in a range of educational establishments. Consider tutoring for some great insight into the classroom and to build a relationship with a local school.
  • School Experience Programme secondary school experience available for those wanting to teach shortage subjects (maths, chemistry, physics, modern foreign languages, history, english, geography, computer science or biology) and are in the final year of their degree expecting at least a 2:1.
  • Use your contacts do you know any teachers? Ask them if you could go into their school to work shadow or contact your old school. Schools are much more likely to give you the chance to get some experience if they know you in some way. Alternatively you can try contacting local schools, Edubase allows you to search for schools in your area.

Teacher Training – your options

There are lots of different routes you can take to train to be a teacher so it is worthwhile considering which option is right for you. For example, are you someone who likes to learn on the job? Or do you like to understand the theory behind something before you put it into practice? Where do you want to be based? What level of support would you like whilst you are training? All of these things will affect which route you choose. Here is a breakdown of the different teacher training routes and where to find out more:

  • PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate of Education) is university led teacher training which normally takes 1 year to complete, although there are options to undertake it part time or through distance learning. The course is split between time in the classroom with a cohort of other trainee teachers and out on placement in schools.
  • SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) is ideal for those with some prior teaching experience and who want to learn on the job. SCITT is normally run by a school or a consortium of schools and taught by experienced teachers. Many, but not all, have a PGCE attached which is accredited by a local Higher Education Institution.  The courses generally last one academic year – September to June.
  • School Direct Training Programme is similar to a SCITT in that the training is schools based but successful applicants will be taken on by a school that have a job in mind just for them. Again, courses last one year and are applied for through the teaching agency website
  • Teach First are an independent charity aiming to address educational disadvantage through their leadership development programme. This programme fast-tracks you through a PGCE through their summer institute before placing you in a challenging school to complete the two year programme. During this time you will be paid by your schools and are also offered the chance to carry out leadership and management training, undertake internships and take a Masters degree in Education.

Key dates and deadlines:

  • 6th November 2012 – ‘PGCE Secondary Talk To Potential Students’ run by the UoL School of Education. 1pm at the Careers Centre. Book here
  •  15th November 2012 – PGCE Primary Talk To Potential Students’ run by the UoL School of Education. 1pm at the Careers Centre. Book here
  • 1st December 2012 – Deadline for all primary PGCE applications through GTTR.
  • 20th March 2013 – Teach First application deadline, however it is open now and early submission is advised.
  • 30th June 2013 – Deadline for all secondary PGCE applications through GTTR although it is open now and early submission is advised.

Useful Resources

We have included links to relevant sites as we’ve gone along but here are some overarching useful sites if you want to get into teaching:

  • The Teaching Agency are responsible for all initial teacher training in England and Wales. Great information on the different routes, the application process and who you need to register with if you want to apply for a School Direct route or for the School Experience Programme.
  • Graduate Teacher Training Registry (GTTR) Course search and application submission for PGCE and SCITT courses.
  • AGCAS – Teaching Frequently Asked Questions Useful and thorough resource, bear in mind this was last updated in 2010 so some things (i.e. the introduction of the School Direct programme) may have changed since then.

If you want to discuss your options in more depth, or want help with the application process pop in to see us, we run our drop in service 9-4pm Monday to Friday and we’d love to help you.

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