Get into teaching

Routes into teaching for school leavers and graduates, Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs), and current teachers developing their career.
Early Career Teacher (ECT)
Are you training or just finishing your teaching qualification? Suffolk recruits over 300 Early Career Teachers (ECTs) every year. Find out how to apply.
Jobs without a teaching qualification
Jobs in schools that don't require a degree can provide you with a route into teaching.
Qualifications needed to get into teaching
See what qualifications you need to get in school, or what A levels are needed when you leave school to get into teaching in Suffolk.
Returning to teaching or re-training to become a teacher
Already qualified? Returning back to teaching? See what support we provide for teachers needing to catch up on current practice and get back into teaching.
Routes into teaching for graduates
There are several ways graduates can choose to get into teaching. These options differ depending on your skills, experience and how you’d prefer to learn.
Teachers from outside the UK
If you’ve trained as a teacher outside the UK you may still be able to teach in our schools without further training. Find out what options are open to you.

"From an early age I had always loved reading and learning. I was also encouraged by speaking with friends and family who are teachers.

After completing my degree and a few school placements, I realised I loved working with children and wanted to give them the best opportunity and support." - Georgie Underwood, Graduate Intern, Sidegate Primary School, Ipswich, Suffolk.