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A career change into teaching

Charlotte’s story

"I began my career in the hotel industry, running conferences and events before moving into office-based management. I then decided that teaching was what I really wanted to do.

To qualify as a teacher, I gave up work to become a full time student to complete my PGCE. As I was a scientist, I got a bursary to assist financially. Being a full time student was amazing - I was worried about being the oldest one, but my PGCE cohort was a vibrant and fun mix of all ages and backgrounds!

I finished my PGCE and I secured a full time, permanent post. I put myself forward for opportunities that were available, and as I result I was able to progress quite quickly. I am now an Assistant Headteacher: being able to evidence my skills and experience in my pre-career teaching career was a huge help in securing my position.  Leadership of people is the same set of skills in any sector, and highly valued in education.

6 years after qualifying, I am earning more than I ever did pre- my career change, and my job satisfaction is so much higher.  I feel challenged, motivated and rewarded in my job, and every day am grateful I made the move into education."

About Us

North Avon Teaching School Alliance is based in South Gloucestershire and runs a school based teacher training programme in both primary and secondary programmes across a wide range of local schools.

Life experience and experience in a range of workplaces can be a real benefit for those training to teach. Those with a wealth of experience and the right approach can rise through the ranks to Senior Leadership within a few years where you can earn over £50,000 and make a difference to lives in your local community.

Dedicate a couple of hours to finding out more!

Find out more by coming to one of our school experience days or drop-in sessions. Up-coming drop-in sessions are on:


6th February

Winterbourne Academy



6th March

Bradley Stoke Community School



21st March

Lyde Green Primary School



24th April

Abbeywood Community School


For more information or to sign up for school experience days or drop in sessions, please contact

How much money will I get to train?

There are three types of funding available for teacher training - depending on your circumstances, you could receive all three:

  1. Tax-free bursary or scholarship (up to £28,000)
  2. Tuition Fee Loan (up to £9,250) and Maintenance Loan (up to £11,354)
  3. Extra financial support if you're a parent, have an adult dependant or a disability

In some cases, you could even earn a salary whilst you train.

For more information about finances, go to