Becoming a Language Teacher in England

Now is an interesting time to start teaching a modern foreign language in England. The government is committed through its EBacc ambition to increasing the number of pupils taking a language to GCSE level, so as a languages teacher you’ll be in demand by schools. The most popular languages in schools are French, Spanish and German.

As a trainee teacher, you could benefit from a tax-free bursary  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.

Once qualified, from this September newly qualified teachers will benefit from a 2-year support package. This is based on the based on the Early Career Framework which you can read about here:

DfE has announced financial incentives for ITT courses starting in 2022/23.

Full details are available here:

DfE writes:
‘We are offering tax-free bursaries of £24,000 in chemistry, computing, mathematics, and physics. Scholarships worth £26,000 tax-free will be offered in partnership with professional bodies for chemistry, computing, mathematics, and physics.

We are also offering a £15,000 tax-free bursary in design & technology, geography, and languages, including ancient languages, and a £10,000 tax-free bursary for biology trainees.

Schools offering School Direct (salaried) or the Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship routes will continue to be able to access funding equivalent to the bursary amount.

Information about bursaries and scholarships will be added automatically to your published course pages for the relevant subjects.

ITT2022 is now open
Candidates can now only apply to postgraduate ITT courses for academic year 2022/23 through the DfE’s Apply for teacher training here:

Please ensure your course pages are published and you are directing candidates to the Find service to ensure candidates receive the most accurate information here:

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 trainee teacher 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 £27.50.

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