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Teaching is increasingly a career for the most able graduates, and to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS) you need to complete an initial teacher training (ITT) course. There are a number of options available, so you can choose the one which most suits your needs.

All ITT courses involve spending time in school to help you develop your teaching skills and they are designed to build your confidence as you learn about teaching methods.

To help guide you through the process, we offer a comprehensive programme of tailored support


University-led training
Find out more about the university-led undergraduate and postgraduate routes into teaching.
School-led training
A number of different school-led routes are available including School Direct, school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT) and Teach First.
How do I choose the right route?
Use our interactive tool to find out which of the ITT routes best suit your needs, and search for courses and training providers.
Experienced teachers without QTS
Find out about the different routes for overseas-trained teachers and assessment routes for other experienced teachers to gain qualified teacher status (QTS).
Train to teach in England
Information and advice for European Union citizens wishing to train to teach in England.
Qualified teacher status (QTS)
QTS is the accreditation that enables you to teach in state-maintained and special schools in England and Wales.