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We are carrying out planned maintenance on Friday 25 August and Saturday 26 August. This means at times, you may become disconnected from Apply. Please do not make any changes to your application during the following times:

  • 07:30 – 08:00 on Friday 25 August
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  • 14:00 – 15:00 on Saturday 26 August
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Preparing for teacher training

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

Most providers reuse their reading lists, which means previous students might be selling the books you need. Try looking for reduced price books in second-hand shops, or online at retailers like Amazon or eBay.


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 on the UCAS Teacher Training blog. 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.


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