If you are interested in pursuing a career in teaching then you have to plan for the best way to achieve your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which will enable you to teach across state-maintained schools across England and Wales.

In London there are many part time teaching courses specifically designed to help people achieve this. These short training programmes are there to develop the skill sets you need to become an effective teacher and to give you the personal qualities needed to enter this demanding, but rewarding profession. Classes are aimed at enhancing a individuals knowledge, understanding and experience of the latest learning techniques and principles which in turn will greatly strengthen your current or future career in teaching.

With the government increasing budgets to employ teachers across the country, there has never been a better time to enter this profession. However you should be under no illusions, as although teaching can be a responsible and satisfying job it can also be a challenging and stressful one.

Course structure
Many trainee teachers will divide their time between a university or other higher education institution and a school, where they will undertake supervised teaching practice. As a trainee you will work alongside, and get support from, experienced teachers to help you find out what its really like to be a classroom teacher. London universities have strong partnerships with local schools in their neighbourhood which allow you to gain this invaluable practical work experience. This will help you to build your skills and experience whilst working with different year groups. During your  work-based learning you will be supported in this by a mentor or tutor who will visit you while your ‘on the job’ to monitor your progress and development. For more information on how work placements will affect your academic education you should contact the course coordinators at the university you are considering enrolling with.

Throughout your studies, you will explore the different ways in which children develop and learn, and how you can support this process. You will focus on young children’s holistic learning needs and learn about the importance of professional values, classroom organisation and management.

You’ll learn through lectures, seminars, tutorials, visits from previous graduates, and guest speakers from schools, agencies and creative partners. Assessment of your course work is carried out by; written essays, critical reading / literature reviews, investigative reports, practice in the workplace, workplace portfolio.

Typical teaching course content

  • Inclusivity in education
  • Teaching methods
  • Learning, Theory and Practice
  • National Curriculum

Students will learn how to

  • Plan and prepare lessons.
  • Supervise and control pupils.
  • Manage classrooms.
  • Get the classroom ready for lessons.
  • Teach children how to read and write.
  • Play education games with children.
  • Carry out routine administrative tasks.
  • Promote good behaviour.

Courses will

  • Give you a theoretical and practical understanding of primary education, and related contemporary issues.
  • Broaden your understanding of the different theories and perspectives of Primary Teaching.
  • Enable you to meet current professional standards as a practising teacher.
  • Help you develop your subject knowledge and academic knowledge in all of the National Curriculum subjects.

Teaching terminology

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
If you have this then you can go straight into your first teaching job when you graduate.

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