What do you need to do before you start your programme?

If you're looking for programmes in England, use the DfE's 'Apply for teacher training' service. If you're looking for programmes in Wales or Scotland, use UCAS' search tool.

Looking for postgraduate teacher training programmes in Northern IrelandFind out how to apply.

Reading and research

The time between accepting your place and starting your training programme will involve a great deal of preparation. Check with your training provider to see if they have a suggested reading list, or any pre-programme activities to complete before you begin.

As well as course texts, there are hundreds of practical ‘how to teach’ guides available to support your continuing professional development. 

Social media for teachers

In addition to working through your reading list, and keeping up-to-date with the latest education news from the TES or Schools Week, there’s an easily accessible resource on hand to help you get a head start – teachers.

You can tap in to a thriving community of teachers and educators sharing ideas and best practice via Twitter and blogs. Using social media can be a good way to enhance your development during and after your training, giving you the chance to build a professional learning network of educators from around the world.

  • Lots of teachers and educators blog about their experiences and share their resources, from lesson planning to classroom management.
  • Read blogs from past and present students as well, as they might have useful tips for you – anything from buying (lots of) stationery, to checking your writing is legible on a whiteboard.
  • Depending on what phase or subject you’re training to teach, there are hundreds of teachers, senior leaders, and teacher trainers on Twitter you may wish to follow. Your training provider, mentor, or tutor may already be tweeting, and could provide a few recommendations to get you started.

Anyone who wants to be a teacher should know this: getting behaviour right from the start is one of the most important things you can do.
Tom Bennett, Chair of the Department for Education Behaviour Group

Current trainees, teachers, tutors, and experts have shared their thoughts and experiences in our blogs. You can brush up on key themes in education and teaching, or hear first-hand from current students for the lowdown on what to expect.

Expert introductions

Trainee hints and tips

From application to induction

You won’t be expected to know everything before you start, but if you can do some wider reading and research before you start your training programme, it may help your confidence and make your introduction to teacher training a little easier.

It’s important to remember that, as a trainee, no-one’s expecting perfection. If you work hard, care about the children you work with, and apply yourself, you’ll be doing a great job.
Tom Savagar, trainee teacher

Chartered College of Teaching

As a trainee teacher, you may be eligible for free membership to the Chartered College of Teaching. If you’ve received an offer to study full-time on a salaried or unsalaried teacher training programme in the UK, you’ll get online access to their members-only networks, an online copy of their termly journal, as well as termly student research summaries designed to support your training.

Find out more about free membership, or download their  student teacher guide (2.79 MB)

Continuing your studies

If your teacher training programme leads to a PGCE or PGDE qualification, some training providers may also give you the chance to study for the credits you’d need for a full master’s degree, after you’ve completed your training.