NB:  We, Manchester Council, are not directly involved with the provision of teacher training programmes or in awarding the qualifications/statuses outlined below. The following information is intended to help point you in the right direction with links to further in-depth information in order to help get you started.

Qualifications and requirements...

To become a teacher in the maintained sector (inc. non-maintained special schools) you will need to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) both of which are a national standards that enable you to teach in schools and colleges across England.

Accredited training providers now also provide early years initial teacher training (EYITT) leading to the award of Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS).  The award of EYTS will be recognised as equal to QTS enabling you to teach in Early Years Foundation Stage (0-5 year olds).

For full details, please see Become an Early Years Teacher on the UK government website.

There are several ways that you can train to obtain Qualified Teacher Status, Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills or Early Years Teacher Status and these include undergraduate, postgraduate and employment based options the routes to which are shown in the diagram below.



To find out which route would suit you best and for more comprehensive and detailed information about the various routes into teaching in the maintained/independent sectors, the support available including advice and guidance relating to grants and funding, please visit the Get into Teaching section on the UK Government Department for Education (DfE) website.

Institutions in central Manchester where you can train to become a teacher.....


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Teach First

Teach First teacher training programmes place you in the classroom, where you learn to teach and lead from the front. Unlike most graduate schemes, you have real responsibility and make a difference from day one.  For further information about teacher training and careers leaders programmes, please visit their website

School Experience Programme (SEP)

The UK Government Department for Education offer a School Experience Programme (SEP) to help support your application for initial teacher training (ITT) by spending time in a classroom. Speaking to experienced teachers and school staff is an ideal way of finding out first-hand what it is like to be a teacher.  For full details, please visit  School Experience Programme

Return to Teaching

If you are looking to get back into a career where you can make a real difference every day - please visit the UK Government Department for Education website for further information and to research the support available - Return to Teaching or call the Return to Teaching helpline: 0800 085 0971.  


Current Vacancies

For a list of teaching posts currently available in Manchester, please visit our Vacancies page.


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