How to become a teacher: Dina's story

Meet Dina, 24, from Northampton. Find out about her life as a Maths teacher. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

"Being a young teacher means children relate to me more and I can to them!"

  • Dina studied Maths at GCSE and A-level and enjoyed the logical nature of it. It was a natural step for her to study it at degree level at university
  • She thought she would work in accounting or actuarial science but soon realised that a nine-to-five career in an office didn't suit her
  • She chose to do teaching training instead (a PGCE, which is a post-graduate course) and has never regretted her decision! She loves interacting with her students and, although it can be stressful, she finds it very rewarding.

What to expect if you're interested in being a secondary school teacher

  • Teacher salary: £23,720 to £61,005 per year
  • Teacher working hours: 36 to 38 hours per week - it's likely that you will work in the evening as well
  • Typical entry requirements: GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade 4 (C) in English and Maths, passes in numeracy and literacy skills tests, and enhanced background checks. You can undertake teacher training at either undergraduate or postgraduate levels and, although not essential, you'll find it useful to have some school experience to support your application. Find out more about how to get started from Get into Teaching.

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

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