Why teach?

Teaching is more than just a career – it’s a vocation which leaves a tremendous legacy. If you’re looking for a job that’s completely out of the ordinary, and you’re not afraid of a challenge, this could be the profession for you – whether this is your first position after university, or you’re a considering a new career.

'Children never get a second chance at their education… You are in a position to change lives - not many other jobs can say that.' - Seamus Gibbons, Headteacher at Langford Primary

We all remember our favourite teachers from school, whether they were the ones who inspired us to study a subject at university, or the ones who injected a sense of fun into their lessons.

Imagine the privilege of being that teacher for another young person – that is the reality of being a teacher, every single day. As a teacher, you get to equip your pupils with skills that will benefit them for years to come. Additionally, if you train to teach with United Teaching, you can gain a wide range of experience in schools across the country.

Every day is different

Teaching is different every lesson, every day. It is fast-paced and there is nothing finer than knowing that you are feeding into and developing the generations of the future.” - Matthew Martin, History teacher at The Totteridge Academy

Any job involving children is bound to have an element of unpredictability, and this is no less true for teaching. While each day has a routine and rhythm, there is no possibility of being bored – your pupils will challenge and surprise you in ways you could never have imagined. Teaching is a million miles away from a 9-to-5 desk job. If you enjoy interacting with people, doing something different and special every single day, this is for you.

There were so many highlights throughout my training: I think the one that really sticks out to me is a Year 11 student who never did his homework, didn’t have the right attitude and had been a concern for the last 2 years. After working really hard to get through to him, he said, “Thank you for never giving up on me.”” - Zana Rexha, former United Teaching trainee

There’s no denying that teaching is hard work, but it’s worth it for stories like this. Ask any teacher about their proudest moments and you’ll hear even more fantastic tales of students realising their potential, learning confidence and ambition, and ultimately changing for the better as a result of that teacher’s work.

Inspire and be inspired

As a performing arts teacher, it is a genuine joy to share my passion for my subject with the students I teach. We are able to bring out their confidence and see students thrive doing something that they also love.” - Catherine Barker, Head of Music at United Learning

There aren’t many jobs where you can be zealous about your favourite subject every day, knowing that your enthusiasm is inspiring others. Inspiration is also a two-way street. It’s your job to inspire your students every day, but more often than not, you will have students who surprise and inspire you with their strength of character – whether they’ve gone through something difficult personally, or been determined to achieve something academically.

So, are you feeling inspired?

With United Teaching, you could be teaching, with a reduced timetable, from day one
and with tax-free bursaries and salary options available, you can earn while you learn.