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If you’ve been in your profession for some years now, is it time to pass on your knowledge to the next generation?

It’s well documented that there is a national teacher shortage – some reports stating there is a ‘crisis’. Almost three out of four local education authorities in England has admitted to experiencing a teacher shortage in their boroughs.

But, if your pockets aren’t deep, you’re not armed to the eyeballs with qualifications and you’re time poor – is it just a pipe dream?

You may have thought about teaching your area of expertise in a secondary school or a further education college (FE), and you may have even investigated the possibility – but, if the time it takes to train, the high entry requirements, and eye-watering fees are putting you off – perhaps it’s time to think again?

Hans Svennevig is the head of teacher training here at Croydon College, he said: “If you have at least a Level 3 qualification in the subject you want to teach (and GCSE equivalent in English and maths) you can become a teacher.

“Simply do the Diploma in Education and Training (DET) – study part-time over two years, (including three class hours and two hours teacher placement per week), and pay just £1800 a year – this qualification on its own qualifies you to teach in an FE college.

“And, when you have this qualification you can go on to achieve Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status (QTLS) – giving you the option of teaching your subject in secondary schools.”

If you’ve already got a degree in the subject you want to teach, the same options apply – £1800 a year, part-time compared to a PGCE which is around £9000.

A great teacher has the power to transform lives, now might be time for your own professional transformation.

The DET course starts after Easter. Click here for more information or call 020 8686 5700 and ask to speak with Hans.

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