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Considering a career in teaching?

Routes into teaching have expanded in recent years to include part-time training courses, flexible training to suit individuals and training on the job while earning a salary.

Local routes into teaching include:-

Surrey Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP) - and the Primary Route
The Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP) is a popular route into teaching, enabling graduates to train to become qualified teachers whilst employed at a school. Surrey schools have both primary and secondary graduates in training. The programme suits people who want to change to a teaching career and need to continue earning whilst training. The training is tailored to suit individual needs and entry is highly competitive. Preference may be given to candidates who show recent experience of life in the classroom.

Teaching assistants with the necessary qualifications are often considered good applicants. Please refer to the TDA's website  for full information regarding the programme. When Qualified Teacher Status has been gained, usually at the end of a full academic year, the student can work as a qualified teacher in any maintained school in England. To qualify for participation in the programme, trainees will need to meet the same standards as students on other courses of initial teacher training. You must have:

  • a first degree (honours)
  • GCSE, grade C or above (or the equivalent) in Mathematics, English and Science. 

To apply for the programme, the Surrey Primary EBITT recommends that you first find a school prepared to employ you as an unqualified teacher in a supernumerary post. To help you do this, please consult the website and view the contact details of all Surrey schools. Once you have found a school placement, you are able, with the schools support, to seek funding through the Surrey Primary EBITT.

Interested applicants should apply to Babcock 4S for further information.  The closing date for 2012/13 applications will be 20 December 2011.

Secondary route
For information regarding Secondary SCITT support, please contact Lyndsay Cameron, Accredited Provider Administration Manager, at George Abbot School on 01483 888070 or email or Helen Eley at Thamesmead School, Shepperton on 01932 227078, email

For further advice and support on routes into teaching, please contact the Workforce Development Team on or write to Babcock 4S, Baytree Avenue, Kingston Road, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 7UE.