Bring your unique perspective to the classroom – Get into Teaching
As a Veteran, you already have the leadership, organisation and reasoning skills needed to be a teacher.
The skills and experiences you’ve gained during your time in the Armed Forces are invaluable. You could have the potential to become an outstanding teacher.
- There are courses across England designed to further enhance your skills to become an effective teacher – you’ll gain classroom experience, support pupils, shadow experienced teachers and observe lessons.
- Financial support to train as a teacher is available for Service-leavers including – the undergraduate Veteran bursary of £40,000 to support you studying for a degree or up to £29,000 for postgraduate training.
- Additional funding may also be available with a maintenance loan, or financial support if you are a parent or have a disability.
How the Get into Teaching service can help
If you would like more information, the Get into Teaching service can help with our free teacher training adviser service – our experienced teachers can provide you with personalised support via phone, email or text to navigate your journey into the classroom.
Service-leaver, David Payling, successfully applied for Initial Teacher Training (ITT) with support from a Get into Teaching, teacher training adviser.
“I Served 23 years in the British Army, recently as the Lead Exercise Rehabilitation Instructor at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre.
I saw a Get into Teaching advertisement on TV and signed up for a free teacher training adviser. Elaine worked with me over three months, offering advice regarding what initial teacher training providers were looking for from candidates, getting classroom experience and gave me recommendations for contacting schools and training providers, though I benefitted most from support writing my personal statement and preparing for interviews.
I was invited to three interviews and subsequently gained a place at Sheffield Hallam University. I’m just coming towards the end of my first placement, and it has been like a whirlwind so far with lots to learn and delivering lessons.
As a Veteran I have many transferable skills that are valuable as a teacher, including adaptability, organisation, communication skills and teamwork. I aspire to be a great role model for young people and those I work with, giving back my knowledge and energy in a valuable way to the next generation.”
Get an adviser
You can get free dedicated support from a teacher training adviser and talk to someone just like you, who has left the Armed Forces and gone into teaching.
As a Veteran, you can get an adviser with or without a degree by calling us on 0800 389 2500 on Monday to Friday between 8:30am to 5:30pm.
Or visit: getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/teacher-training-advisers
“Gaining essential life experience was invaluable; not only did I achieve a better understanding of the world, but it has also equipped me with the knowledge and confidence to provide guidance and advice to teenagers.”
Thomas, teacher and Veteran