Teaching Assistant to Teacher – What’s involved?

Although working as a teaching assistant has numerous benefits and you may be content, it is only normal to want to advance in your profession and become a teacher. You can advance your career by switching from a teaching assistant to a teacher.

When you start teaching, things will alter. The degree of responsibility you will bear will be one of the most significant adjustments. Your position will change from one of assistance to one of educator. Lesson planning, preparation, and delivery will be your responsibility in accordance with national curriculum standards.

There are a variety of benefits to becoming a teacher, such as raising your income, and changing lives, and you’ll never stop learning.

You must take ITET with QTS to become a certified teacher. You can do this by enrolling in a university or in a QTS development programme run by your school, such as Straight to Teaching.

Thinking about becoming a Teacher?

So you’d love to inspire our future generations? Would you know where to start?

You’d need to decide first who you want to teach. Would it be Early Years (Up to 5yrs), Primary (age 5-11yrs), Secondary (age 11-18yrs), or further education. You could look at getting some experience to decide which age group you prefer.

To be eligible for postgraduate primary or secondary initial teacher training courses, you would need a degree or equivalent qualification. You would also need Maths, English and Science grade 4 (C) or above.

If it’s the cost that’s putting you off, you could get funding that wouldn’t need to be paid back if you train to teach certain subjects.

Exploring the right training for you, would it be PGCE or directly into a school.

The final step would be actually applying, you could get a teacher training advisor who would be able to help with various stages, including getting your application ready.

Good Luck!

Best Practices for Virtual Training and Instruction

With a lot of training and learning moving online, as an instructor, who was used to in-person sessions, you may be wondering how to improve your virtual training sessions. If you feel like your virtual learning is simply not working or could be improved upon, here are a few tips:

• Ensure you are using the right platform. Ideally, you want a platform that will allow for polling, group break-out, screen-sharing, hand raising etc.

• Use the features mentioned above to increase interaction and engagement

• Decrease session length to no longer than 45 minutes and increase session frequency

• Ensure your audio and visual devices are optimal, so everyone can hear and see you well

• Have clear session procedures laid out

• Break info-heavy slides into smaller chunks for easier mental digestion

If you are finding your virtual training sessions need improvement, here are a few best practices tips to help you increase engagement, session optimisation and focus for your students.

What Are Your Options with a TEFL and No Degree?

Even without having a university degree, currently, you still have a few teaching options available to you if you have a good quality TEFL Certification:

1. You will first need to gain as much experience as you can before applying for many teaching jobs, such as ones available abroad. One great way is to volunteer teach so that you have proof of your experience with real students and gain great references which are very important.

2. Teaching online can be a great option for teachers who may need more freedom. You can do this by teaching for an online school to gain experience first then set up as a Freelance teacher later, if you prefer.

3. If you like children, it is a lot easier to get a job teaching kids English without a degree. Au paring is one fantastic way to do this. You could even do this in an after-school care or tutoring capacity.

4. Copy Editing is another great angle to take if you have a passion for reading and writing. This offers a lot of flexibility as you can do this from anywhere.

Why all teachers need A Mentor

In school teachers often speak about students’ needing someone to look up to and perhaps learning from the older students, but the same can be applied to teachers. Having a mentor can really help teachers improve and learn. Teaching can be looked at as an art with a steep learning curve, and there are many different problems and difficulties they may face, and that’s why turning to a mentor can be ideal.


Every teacher is different, and because of this they will have a different individual to look up to, and that person should ideally be someone with the same principles and perhaps a similar teaching style. Many people, no matter what career they are in, will need someone to rely and depend on, and because of the difficulties that can arise in teaching, a mentor is a must.

A mentor doesn’t necessarily have to be someone who is training you, they merely have to be someone you respect and can learn from. If you feel that there is a teacher in your school that ticks these boxes then consider using their experience and improving your own teaching skillset and responsibilities.