Reception teachers are specialized teachers qualified to teach children aged four and five in the British school system. If you have a passion for education and enjoy working with the youngest children in the school system, being a reception teacher may be a perfect fit for you. To land a job as a reception teacher you will need to study hard to gain your qualified teacher status; a process that takes several years of education.
Complete your General Certificate of Secondary Education with a minimum "level two" grade in at least five subjects. You will need to take English, math and at least one science as part of these four subjects.
Complete your General Certificate of Education -- this can only be completed after the General Certificate of Secondary Education. You must maintain a minimum score of 220 according to the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service, although a higher grade will give you a better chance of being admitted to a bachelor's of education program.
Complete a bachelor's of education program at an accredited university. This will take three to four years of full-time study or six years of part-time study. After earning a bachelor's of education you will receive qualified teacher status, allowing you to work as a reception teacher.
Contact schools directly to find out if they have openings for reception teachers. Apply for any open positions. When you are beginning you may only be able to find temporary work, filling in for reception teachers on leave. But a temporary job can give you the experience you need to land a full-time job as a reception teacher.
- DirectGov: Early Years Foundation Stage
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- Training and Development Agency for Schools: Bachelor of Education
- "Training of Teachers: Fourth Report of Session 2009-10"; House of Commons Children, Schools and Families Committee; 2010
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