What you could teach

What subjects are available to teach on our Training Programme across England right now, and how we match you up.

Watch this space!

Right now, our country has a critical shortage of incoming teachers particularly in secondary schools. To make sure all schools and pupils have access to the fantastic teaching staff they deserve, we’re re-opening applications for our 2022 Training Programme for vacancies in secondary schools.

Our current vacancies for Autumn Institute are all in secondary schools across England.

We fill our vacancies as soon as we find candidates who meet our requirements. To improve your chances of getting a place teaching your chosen subject we recommend applying as soon as possible.

Subject availability

The accordion below shows which curriculum areas are currently available – bear in mind you may be asked to teach more than one in your school.  

Places often fill at different rates across regions. That means subject availability can differ from the table below, in certain locations. 

Curriculum areas and their regional availability in 2022/23

Business

East of England,
London,
North East,
South West.

Computing

In every region.

Design and Technology

In every region.

Early years

Closed.

English

East Midlands,
East of England,
London,
North East,
North West,
South Central,
South East/South Coast,
South West,
West Midlands,
Yorkshire and the Humber.

Geography

East Midlands,
East of England,
London,
North East,
North West,
South Central,
South East/South Coast,
South West,
West Midlands,
Yorkshire and the Humber.

History

East of England,
London,
North East,
South West.

Maths

In every region.

Modern foreign languages (French and Spanish)

East Midlands,
East of England,
London,
North East,
North West,
South Central,
South East/South Coast,
South West,
West Midlands,
Yorkshire and the Humber.

Music

London,
North West.

Primary

Closed.

Science

In every region.

Religious education

East Midlands,
East of England,
London,
North East,
South East/South Coast,
South West,
West Midlands,
Yorkshire and the Humber.

If you get a place on our Training Programme, we’ll match you to a subject. This will be based on the needs of our schools and your eligibility to teach it. You can rank your subject preferences in your application, but we’ll only take into account your preferences for subjects you’re eligible to teach.

The need for teachers is particularly great in science, maths, computing and modern foreign languages, so if you are eligible to teach one of these subjects it is unlikely you will be considered for others.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What if there’s no availability in the subject I want to teach?

If there are no more places left for your chosen subject in the current intake you won’t be able to apply for it in that recruitment year. You can apply for vacancies in the following year when they open. 

We sometimes change our requirements for a new recruitment year so keep checking our website when we reopen applications to make sure you’re still eligible to apply.

Does Teach First offer a reserve system if what I want to teach is full?

We review availability by subject and region throughout the year; if there are no places left in a particular subject/region we will make you an offer to teach an alternative so long as you are eligible and there is availability. If this is not possible, we may be able to consider a reserve list place.

I’d like to teach science. How can I boost my subject knowledge?

If you have A-levels at grade B or above in biology, chemistry or physics, or have studied a science degree, you can still be a physics or chemistry specialist in school.

Teach First will help you access a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programme to develop your knowledge. The SKE course will be free to eligible candidates.

How old are the pupils I will be teaching?

Thinking of teaching a secondary school subject? The pupils you’ll be teaching will be aged 11-16, apart from Business Studies where the pupils are aged 14-19.

If it’s primary you’re interested in you’ll be teaching pupils aged 5-11.

For early years, the pupils you’ll be in the classroom with are 3-7 years old.

Ready to apply?

Applications are now closed.

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