Become a French Teacher

How to become a French teacher with our SCITT training programme

Share your passion for French language and culture

French is a language consistently in demand in UK schools and there is an increasing need for passionate and dedicated French teachers ready to share their knowledge with the next generation. Training to teach French not only provides access to a constantly developing role in the education sector but all the challenges, rewards and inspirations experienced through teaching.

Trainees who reach QTS while training to teach French can expect to gain a rapidly developing teaching career with opportunities including Head of French/German/Spanish, Head of a Modern Languages Department, Specialist Leader in Education, and opportunities in middle and senior leadership. Teachers of French can expect a starting salary of £24,373 in the UK (at least £30,480 in London) and can apply for tax-free bursaries and scholarships during their training year.

Start your train to teach French journey with us today by applying to become a trainee teacher. Get in touch for further information or follow the application guidelines below.

How to become a French teacher in the UK with the SCITT Teacher Training Programme

The application process

Register with DfE Apply

You should register with DfE Apply.

These systems will open for registrations in October.

Guidance and help options are available on their websites through the registration.



Search and select The National Modern Languages SCITT, Silverdale School at DfE Apply to complete the application online.


Your application will arrive in school immediately and we begin the recruitment process with a shortlisting exercise which looks at applicants’ strengths and weaknesses.


The National Modern Languages SCITT will shortlist candidates using a scoring matrix and invite successful candidates for interview at Silverdale school, a partner school, or online.

The interview process will include representatives from the schools and will be a half-day to full day process.


We will contact all successful applicants at the end of the interview day. Similarly, we will provide written feedback if we have not made an offer.

After a successful application

Individual Training Plan

At the start of your training year, your Mentor and school will work with you to create an Individual Training Plan (ITP) that is designed to meet your individual needs on your journey to becoming a qualified French teacher. The ITP is intended to be regularly reviewed as you progress through your PGCE course and meets the criteria set by the Department for Education known as the Teachers’ Standards.

Four-day induction

As an introduction to the types of school experiences you will have on the course, you’ll attend a four-day induction and familiarisation in August/September.

Here you’ll get a chance to know your peers consisting of other French and modern language teachers in training and start building your network of fellow trainees who’ll act as key support as your training year progresses.

Hands-on classroom training

Part of learning how to become an effective French teacher is getting the right experience during your training. We offer the opportunity for two contrasting placements in our partner schools; you’ll spend most of the year in your lead school and six weeks in the other.

PGCE training

Throughout the training year you’ll have access to support from Sheffield Hallam University and attend face to face PGCE seminars.

One-to-one mentoring and support documentation

Part of what makes the SCITT so successful for our trainee teachers is the consistent and dedicated support received from their mentors. Additional, regular one-to-one support is provided by your Lead Teacher who will visit you in your placement schools.

You will receive language-specific documentation and progress documentation to support your planning, observations and assessment throughout your teacher training.

Evidence collation and presentation

During your training to become a French teacher you will collect evidence in your personal portfolio to present as part of your Final Assessment. The portfolio of evidence is to prove your competence of the Teachers’ Standards. You are primarily responsible for building records throughout the year and your mentor will offer guidance on how to collate your evidence.

Assessment and Qualified Teacher Status

After your written work is assessed through Sheffield Hallam University, you’ll achieve Qualified Teacher Status and PGCE with 60 Masters’ credits.

We aim to support you through to QTS and beyond and have an excellent track record of supporting our newly qualified trainees into employment as French and modern languages teachers.

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