No matter where you're at now, there's always a route into teaching. We're a borough without boundaries, so we will help you get to where you want to be. Discover your path. Realise the remarkable - and teach in Luton.

  • Teaching is about changing lives. Through learning, engagement and conversation - you'll make a life long impact on others, and reap the rewards that comes with it. The work you do, helps their future burn bright and whilst it won't be easy, it will be worth it.  

  • Who was your most inspirational teacher? Why? Every day, teachers are shaping the futures of their students. Nourishing creativity, building character and giving students a lens to view the world - great teachers don't just teach you. They change you.

  • Your hard work will show every single day, as you watch your students grow and develop. The skills you teach them, will allow them to flourish throughout their education and develop into their careers. The personal impact you'll have as a teacher, is second to none - and extremely rewarding. Maybe you'll be someone most inspirational teacher in the future?

  • As a teacher, you're not only helping your students to achieve but you're also nurturing and progressing your own career. Teaching in Luton offers you a unique, fascinating journey with excellent career opportunities. We want you to develop with us, so we will help you progress into our many management and leadership roles. You never know - are you a future headteacher?

  • Our competitive starting salary for a newly qualified teacher is £22,917 and this can progress quickly for high-performers. Our leading practitioners can earn up to £60,945 with Headteachers earning from £44,544 upwards.

  • Routes into teaching

  • PGCE

    Post Graduate Certificate of Education: this is a great option if you already have a degree and want to train as a teacher. A PGCE conversion takes about 10 months if studied full time, and involves a mix of school placements to hone your teaching skills and studying the theory behind teaching and learning. Once you’ve aced it, you’ll graduate with your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) plus 60 credits at master level, and be ready to start your Newly Qualified Teacher role! if you’re interested The University of Bedfordshire runs a great course to get you started or Local school-centred providers also offer this route in partnership with our local universities.

  • ITT

    Undergraduate Initial Teacher Training: this course is perfect if you want to study a degree and complete your initial teacher training at the same time. Ideal if you don’t have an undergraduate degree already.

  • School direct training programme (salaried)

    This is a great option if you’re a graduate with at least three years work experience in any career, who just wants to jump straight in. You’ll be able to train on the job and get paid for it. As there will often be a higher level of teaching responsibility from the beginning of the training year, most providers will expect you to have gained at least 6 months of paid experience working in schools before applying. School direct training programs usually take a year to complete and some subjects offer tax-free bursaries and scholarships of up to £25,000 for training!  


    School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT): this is a practical and hands-on teacher training course; taught by experienced teachers from our local schools and colleges. Local SCITT's offer a wide range of routes into QTS only and PCGE.

Experience and qualifications

  • An undergraduate degree awarded by a UK higher education provider - for secondary, this degree must be made up of at least of 50% content related to the subject you want to teach in.  

    GCSE English and maths grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) - if you’re hoping to train children at early years and primary level (between the ages of 3 to 11 years old) you will also need a GCSE in a Science subject from C/4 or above.

    If you haven’t got these GCSEs you can always study through our local colleges such as Barnfield College, or at home through organisations like the National Extension College (NEC) to achieve them. 

    If you studied outside the UK, it’s worth having a look on the National Academic Recognition Information Centre’s (NARIC) website to see what equivalent qualifications you’ve got.

    Further requirements:

    A pass in two professional skills tests for numeracy and literacy. 

    In-depth knowledge and understanding of the subject you want to teach in secondary. Or a broad knowledge of the aspects of the primary curriculum.

    You can always take a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course if your degree isn’t closely related to your preferred secondary teaching subject. An SKE is only available for certain subjects though, so best check before applying.

    If you studied non-UK qualifications but they have been confirmed as the equivalent to the UK qualifications required, you’ll need to get your hands on a statement of comparability from NARIC. Be sure to submit your application for this early though, as it can take some time to come through.

    Just a little hint - It’s always worth double checking these requirements with your preferred training providers, because some programs won’t have enough places per applicant. If this is the case, their requirements could be higher.

  • Classroom experience

    You’ll need to have had at least two weeks experience in a class room before you apply for a  teacher training course.

    If you don’t, it’s a good idea to see if you can spend some time helping out and observing lessons in a local school before applying. 

    This will then help you to write your personal statement. You’ll be able to show how your experience has motivated you even more to become a teacher, and why you want to study the course.

    For school direct (salaried) the expection is usually at least 6 months of paid school employment.

    Declaration of criminal convictions

    Having a criminal record doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t become a teacher but you will need to disclose it and agree to an enhanced criminal record check.

    It’s also a good idea to speak to your preferred training sprovider before you apply about your circumstances, for some advice.

    Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) in England and Wales.

    Remember the Criminal records Bureau (CRB) check? Well the DBS check is the new and improved government scheme. It helps training providers and employers in identifying those who are barred from working with children and vulnerable adults.