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Why should you become a teacher

Why teach?

08/02/2018

Becoming a teacher has many lasting advantages. We delve into some of the key reasons why you should consider teaching:It’s no secret that teaching is a profession that requires dedication, hard work and resilience – and with fresh commentary on the education sector hitting the headlines every day, you’d be forgiven for wondering why anyone would want to be a teacher.

But teaching is more than just a career – it’s a vocation which leaves a tremendous legacy. It’s a unique opportunity to be unashamedly passionate about your favourite subject, to develop and encourage aspirations in children who thought they had none, and to lead with creativity and enthusiasm every step of the way. Quite simply, teaching changes lives.

So if you’re looking for a job that’s completely out of the ordinary, and you’re not afraid of a challenge, read on…

Have a positive impact on hundreds of lives

  • 'Children never get a second chance at their education… You are in a position to change lives - not many other jobs can say that.'
    Seamus Gibbons, Headteacher at Langford Primary

We all remember our favourite teachers from school, whether they were the ones who inspired us to study a subject at university, or the ones who got us through a difficult period, or the ones who injected a sense of fun into their lessons. Just imagine the privilege of being that teacher for another young person – the place you would hold in their memory for years to come. That is the reality of being a teacher, every single day.

  • It's important to have a job that makes a difference, and there’s no more effective way of making a difference than teaching.
    Dominic Norrish, Director of Technology at United Learning

As a teacher, you get to equip your pupils with the academic, social and emotional skills they need to thrive in the world around them, which will benefit them for years to come. You could have a future Olympian, Prime Minister or astronaut in your class, but whatever they grow up to be, the knowledge that your former students are out there in the world, armed with the tools you have given them, is truly humbling.

  • The ability to influence and make a difference to a child in their development and wellbeing across all aspects of their life is a huge reward and responsibility.
    Rose Turner, Class Teacher at Grange Primary Academy

Additionally, if you train to teach with United Teaching, you can gain a wide range of experience in primary, secondary and independent schools across the country, making a difference to children from a variety of backgrounds nationally.
 

Every day is different

  • Teaching is the most rewarding role in the world. No two days are the same and the reward of seeing a child learn a new concept is one you can't get in any other profession.”
    Chris Latimer, Headteacher at Grange Primary Academy

Any job involving children is bound to have an element of unpredictability, and this is no less true for teaching. While each day has a routine and rhythm, there is no possibility of being bored – your pupils will challenge and surprise you in ways you could never have imagined.

  • Teaching is different every lesson, every day. It is fast-paced and there is nothing finer than knowing that you are feeding into and developing the generations of the future.
    Matthew Martin, History NQT at The Totteridge Academy

Teaching is a million miles away from a 9-to-5 desk job. If you enjoy being on your feet, interacting with people, doing something different and special every single day, this is for you.

  • Teaching provides incredible challenge and variety, as well as the chance to connect with people - I can't think of a richer, more rewarding career.”
    Steve Adcock, Deputy Director of Academies at United Learning

Not only that, but there are multiple opportunities to grow and develop as a teacher, honing your practice and taking on leadership roles. When you join a United Learning school, you can expect a structured pathway of continuing professional development, with the potential for rapid promotion to middle and senior leadership.
 

The lasting reward

  • It’s a life-affirming privilege to see the young people you teach rise to new challenges, grow in character and, more often than not, to succeed. At the end of the day, you can give a great deal of yourself to teaching, but you always get so much more back in return.”
    Matt Inniss, Assistant Vice Principal at Paddington Academy

As a teacher, you get out what you put in. When you work hard to ensure your students understand a concept, you receive an incomparable reward – seeing the spark of realisation in their eyes as they grasp an idea for the very first time.

  • There were so many highlights throughout my training: I think the one that really sticks out to me is a Year 11 student who never did his homework, didn’t have the right attitude and had been a concern for the last 2 years. After working really hard to get through to him, he said, “Thank you for never giving up on me.”
    Zana Rexha, Subject Lead at Paddington Academy and United Teaching graduate

There’s no denying that teaching is hard work, but it’s worth it for stories like this. Ask any teacher about their proudest moments and you’ll hear even more fantastic tales of students realising their potential, learning confidence and ambition, and ultimately changing for the better as a result of that teacher’s work.
 

Inspire and be inspired

  • As a performing arts teacher, it is a genuine joy to share my passion for my subject with the students I teach. We are able to bring out their confidence and see students thrive doing something that they also love.”
    Catherine Barker, Head of Music at United Learning

There aren’t many jobs where you can be zealous about your favourite subject every day, knowing that your enthusiasm is inspiring others to share the same passion. Even if you have students that don’t enjoy your subject, being able to introduce them to a different perspective or get them through an important exam will always have value, and is something you can take pride in. Additionally, if you’re part of a group like United Learning, you’ll have access to a network of over 3,500 likeminded teachers, where you can share ideas, resources and lesson plans with other people who share a common goal to bring out the best in every student.

  • Being a teacher is more than just a job. It is a chance to change lives, to inspire, to encourage others to have the same love for your subject as you have.
    Tony Hayes, Geography Subject Advisor at United Learning

Inspiration is a two-way street. It’s your job to inspire your students every day, but more often than not, you will have students who surprise and inspire you with their strength of character – whether they’ve gone through something difficult personally, or been determined to achieve something academically.

  • In teaching, you get daily recognition and daily gratitude that makes every bit of effort worthwhile. I am never prouder than when I can say ‘I am a teacher.’
    Shaun Dowling, Head of PE at United Learning

So, are you feeling inspired? With United Teaching, you could be teaching, with a reduced timetable, from day one – and with generous tax-free bursaries (up to £32,000) and salary options available, you can earn while you learn. 

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