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Becoming A Teacher: Myths Vs Reality

Ready to make a career change, but unsure teaching’s the one for you? Here’s a bit of perspective, courtesy of the Get into Teaching campaign!

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Myth: It's thankless work.

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So many kids, only one you.

Reality: You actually get to help shape people's lives.

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Not many careers get that kind of satisfaction.

Myth: I can't afford to stop working and re-train!

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Who's got the time, or the cash?

Reality: There's support available.

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You could get a tax-free scholarship or bursary of up to £25,000 while you train. Handy.

Myth: Amazing teachers are born, not made. I'd be useless.

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Admit it, you're no Chuck.

Reality: Excellent training helps you find your feet.

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Teacher training is better than ever before - an astonishing 92 percent of newly qualified teachers rate it highly. They'd know!

Myth: Teaching isn't about the money.

Reality: The salaries are actually pretty good!

Top teachers can earn between £57,000 - £64,000 a year, and your starting salary could be at least £21 - £27,000 a year, depending on where you teach. Not bad!

Top teachers can earn between £57,000 - £64,000 a year, and your starting salary could be at least £21 - £27,000 a year, depending on where you teach. Not bad!

Myth: Teaching doesn't offer much career progression.

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You just sort of... teach, don't you?

Reality: You can move pretty fast!

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There are moves to be made - 41% of teachers are in Leadership roles!

Myth: Teenagers are hard to engage.

Reality: You get to talk about your pet subject every day!

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Share your love for learning and they'll mop it up.

Think you might have what it takes? Register over at the Get into Teaching site for help along the way. Make that change!