Why become a teacher?

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There are many reasons why people want to teach. Often, it’s because they enjoy working with children and young people and they want to make a difference to their lives.

Sometimes, it’s driven by a real passion for their subject area or they are inspired by their own experience of education.

It’s certainly a profession that provides fun, variety and challenge. No two days are the same – and you’ll definitely feel that you are having a positive impact on young people’s lives.

By becoming a teacher, you’re also joining a profession that offers a huge variety of career opportunities – many of which you probably can’t even imagine at this moment.

But at our Teaching School, we see the many different career paths that people take – and we support them along the way. Future opportunities could include:

  • Head of French/German/Spanish, or a Modern Languages department.
  • Specialist Leader in Education – providing support across more than one school in Modern Languages. This could happen within a family of schools working together or, more formally, wtihin a Multi-Academy Trust.
  • A pastoral role, such as Head of Year or Key Stage, or leading on areas such as ‘character education’, ‘student engagement’, ‘managing progress’, etc.
  • Senior leadership roles, defined by your experience and the needs of the school – ranging from Assistant and Deputy Heads to Heads of School, Headteachers and Executive Heads.
  • Working within a Teaching School, School Centred Initial Teacher Training and teacher professional learning, as a coach, mentor, trainer or facilitator.

Why teach Modern Languages?

The UK government is committed to increasing the proportion of pupils gaining language qualifications. To do this, they need more language teachers – so you would be joining a profession that really needs you.

As a languages teacher, you’ll be in demand, so this puts you at a real advantage when looking for your first job.

Teaching languages introduces pupils to other cultures and improves their communication skills. A language GCSE can also give them an edge when applying to study a wide range of degree courses at the university. In addition, languages will prepare them to compete in a global job market. In fact, around three-quarters of employers responding to the CBI’s Education and Skills Survey 2015 said they needed their employees to have some foreign language skills.

So as a languages teacher, you’ll not only be giving pupils the chance to become fluent in another language, you’ll also be providing them with a solid platform from which they can succeed in life.

On top of the job security and satisfaction, teaching languages also offers a competitive starting salary of at least £22,467, or £28,098 in inner London and a diverse range of opportunities for rapid career progression.