Become a Language Teacher in England

Now is the time to start teaching a modern foreign language in England. The government is committed to increasing more pupils taking a language, so as a languages teacher you’ll be in demand by schools. The most popular foreign languages in schools are French, German, Spanish and more recently Mandarin.

As trainee teacher, you could benefit from a tax-free £25,000 bursary or apply for a £27,500 scholarship from the British Council, to support your training year. There’s even support in place before you apply - when you register with the Department of Education’s Get Into Teaching website, you could receive free tailored advice from a teaching expert throughout the application process.

To get you started in a career that you can use your passion and inspire pupils every day, read our short summary on getting ready for teacher training in England.

  1. Check your qualifications. You’ll need to meet some minimum criteria for postgraduate teacher training. In addition to a degree, you’ll also need to demonstrate a standard equivalent of a GCSE grade C or above in English and mathematics for secondary teacher training (and a science subject for primary).
  2. Get some school experience. It’s important to make sure that teaching is for you, so if you haven’t had school experience then Get Into Teaching can help you with their School Experience Programme.
  3. Choose a teacher training route to suit you. There’s two different types of teacher training routes, school- and university-led, both will provide you with the practical and theoretical skills to become an effective qualified teacher. Find out more about different training routes.
  4. Apply for teacher training.You apply through UCAS Teacher Training – here you’ll need to make sure you impress each school or university with a strong application.
  5. Book your skills test and prepare for interviews.Once your teaching training application has been sent, you’re ready to book your skills test and prepare for any interviews. Don’t worry there’s plenty of preparation you can do in advance of this.

For more information on any of these steps into teaching visit Get Into Teaching – and remember to register for further support and advice, from their teaching experts.


Get Into Teaching

Learn about teaching languages on the Get Into Teaching website

How can ALL support me as a trainee teacher?

ALL is the UK’s major subject association for teachers of languages, and we exist to support and represent language teachers. We’re here to help you on your journey to become a language teacher, so join us as a teacher trainee by becoming a Student Member.

Applicants for ALL student membership are entitled to two years’ membership at this subsidised rate to support you in training and then subsequently in your NQT year.

An annual student membership costs just £25 -the greatest return you will get on an investment in your own professional development, (for the equivalent price of just one cup of take away coffee every month!)

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Invest in your professional future and join ALL as a Student Member

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