Reports of a national teacher shortage in continuously hitting the headlines - with some experts declaring it a "crisis".
Almost three out of four local education authorities in England have admitted to experiencing a teacher shortage in their boroughs.
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, head of teacher training at Croydon College in London, 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 is run by many local colleges, and at Croydon College the course starts after Easter.