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Routes (back) into teaching

presentation slides and accompanying document outlining the routes into teaching as a career

Simon Humphreys

Created by Simon Humphreys
last edited Feb 04 2016 by Sue Sentance

If you are already a teacher who has been out of the classroom for a number of years or you are thinking of entering into the profession whilst working in industry or completing your University qualification, then surprisingly the routes are very similar.

STEP 1: Find out if your University offers module credits for becoming a Student Ambassador or if your employer runs a community education outreach scheme. You may need to use your annual leave to help start your journey to becoming a teacher. Sign up as a STEM Ambassador to help with the DBS (criminal records) check.

STEP 2a: Join Computing At School and attend your local hub to connect with teachers in your local area. Contact local schools and ask if you could visit the school completing lesson observations.

STEP 2b: Why not contact your local University for assistance with organising a school visit? See Appendix at the bottom of the page for a list of Universities willing to help you!

STEP 3: Begin familiarising yourself with the educational changes that have taken place in recent months, including the

STEP 4: Begin familiarising yourself with the latest educational resources for teaching computing by visiting the following websites:

STEP 5: Use your role as a STEM Ambassador to access a network of schools in your region who would welcome your expertise to help deliver lessons and after school clubs.

STEP 6: Once registered as a STEM Ambassador you could decide to volunteer on a more regular basis at a local school by helping a teacher setup a code club, building experience and a relationship with the staff and students.

STEP 7: If you are a qualified teacher then start applying for jobs! If you need to do complete your teacher training then read through the presentation entitled

STEP 8: If you meet the Department for Education criteria then apply to the BCS Scholarship fund.


——–Please provide details of your SKE or PGCE course here.

Name: King’s College London
Type of course: PGCE in Computer Science
Phases(s): Secondary (11-18)
Short summary: The programme combines the theory and practice of education which is why students spend 60 days in College and 120 days in schools. The course is research-led and you will develop your knowledge of how pupils learn; how assessment can improve learning and teaching; how to plan lessons, and how to make appropriate use of computers and the Internet to teach effectively. The programme emphasises learning through critical reflection on theory and practice and discussion with colleagues. We are actively engaged in research in computer science education in schools. King’s College London PGCE was graded outstanding in 2015.
Website link:
Contact name: Sue Sentance
Contact email:

Name: Liverpool John Moores University
Type of course: PGCE Computer Science and Information Technology [SKE available for Summer 2013]
Phases(s): Secondary (11-18)
Short summary: Well-established programme with many of our mentors in school being products of the programme and thus very aware of the process a trainee finds themselves in.
Website link:
Contact name: Phil Duggan
Contact email:

Name: University of Roehampton
Type of course: PGCE in Computing
Phases(s): Secondary (11-16)
Short summary: This course will develop your theoretical and practical understanding of teaching computing in a secondary school. Successful completion of the course will give you a PGCE and 60 of the 120 credits will be at Masters degree level. We have a strong partnership with many local schools teaching GCSE Computer Science.
Website link:
Contact name: Peter Kemp
Contact email:

Name: University of Southampton
Type of course: PGCE in Information Technology and Computer Science[SKE available for Summer 2013]
Phases(s): Secondary (11-18)
Short summary: A strong partnership-based programme using school local to trainees homes - tutors and mentors working together to promote computing.
Website link:
Contact name: John Woollard
Contact email: IT&

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