United Teaching Blog

Advice for primary applicants


Primary teaching is one of the most popular teacher training courses, and as a result, competition for training places can be fierce. We spoke to our Primary Lead Seamus Gibbons and primary trainee...

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Do you have the right qualifications for teacher training?


The requirements for teacher training in England often vary between providers, which can be confusing if you’re trying to work out if you’re eligible or not. The first thing to clarify is the...

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You Could Have Told Me! What I wish I knew when I started teaching


Steve Adcock, Deputy Director of Secondary Academies at United Learning, tells us what he wishes he knew at the start of his teaching career:

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Teacher training: why take the bursary route?


Deciding on teacher training courses can be confusing when there are so many routes available. The decision on whether to apply for a salaried place and earn an unqualified teacher’s salary, or a...

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Why I chose United Teaching


We caught up with Christobel back in 2018, when she was completing her trainee year as a maths teacher at Manchester Academy. Here's what she said:

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Training to teach after Sixth Form


United Teaching maths trainee Corin came to the course through Future Teaching Scholars, a six-year teacher training programme for physics and maths, taking you from your first year of university to...

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How does mentoring work on a teacher training course?


The mentor-mentee relationship is a key part of our teacher training programme. But how does it work in practice?

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Teaching Geography: “You have the opportunity to blow their minds”


Geography trainee Alice is passionate about her subject. Now that her training year is drawing to a close, she reflects on the best features of her new career and why you should join her in training...

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Training to teach during a pandemic


When our trainee teachers started in September, they had no idea that they would have to adapt to a whole new way of working halfway through their training year. As well as learning and refining...

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Training to be a science teacher


Teaching science is an incredibly rewarding and essential job. Our students need enthusiastic science teachers to inspire their curiosity in the world around them – from the intricate structure of...

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Cate's journey: From trainee to NQT


Cate had a successful career as a media executive before deciding to become a teacher. We spoke to her over the course of her training year and into her NQT year to follow her journey and see how she...

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‘Believe in yourself’ is what I tell the children – it’s no different for me


Stuart, a History trainee at Sheffield Park Academy, decided to train to teach after a career in the heritage sector. He tells us why he decided to do it and what he's enjoying most:

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