WELCOME TO TEA
TEA is a pioneering new platform that gives you everything you need to turn your skills and interests into a thriving teaching career. Our flexible programme of courses and online tutorials allow you to learn when you want, where you want and how you want. After 25 years of training and assessing teachers, the TEA team understands the needs and challenges you will experience at different stages of your teaching journey.
What We Offer
‘Teach in a Day’ foundation courses
- Online courses and tutorials to complete at your own pace
- AET training and assessment
- Resources and teaching materials
- 1-1 support and mentoring
- Member events and meet-ups
Virtual Staffroom to share advice, problems and teaching stories
TEACHING WITH TEA
From tango, TEFL and trumpet tutors to calligraphers, cooks and carpenters, we are here to give you everything you need to pass on your passion. TEA trains you to run workshops, courses and classes for adults in the community. This is called ‘post-compulsory education’. To teach in a primary or secondary school, you would need to do your PGCE or Cert Ed certificate. TEA can help you get started with your teaching before you decide to train at that level.
At the end of your learning, you can choose to take your AET assessment to become a qualified Independent Teacher. Established teachers with years of experience may like to train to become assessors. This is also something you can do with TEA. You may even go on to become a TEA trainer yourself.
puttinG the 'e' in tea
Learning how to teach is only one part of your teaching career. How can you get people to come to your class? What venues will work for your workshop? How much should you charge? What about tax and invoicing and insurance? We know ourselves how important – and how challenging – the entrepreneur side of things can be. Our courses cover everything you need to do, with additional 1-1 support available to get your business going.
WHY IS IT TIME FOR TEA?
The way learners learn has changed. The way we teach teachers hasn’t. More and more people are gaining new skills outside of traditional educational structures – in workshops, tutorials and courses, at work and in the community, in Adult Education centres or even online. As a result, there are a growing number of what we call Independent Teachers – people who teach adults in non-compulsory settings.
Yet official teacher training courses, like PGCEs or Cert Eds, are still only geared up for compulsory education. These courses require a significant time and financial commitment. We wanted to set up an alternative way to give Independent Teachers all the skills and materials they need to teach adults in the community.
You're Not Alone
We know how isolating it can be to work on your own in education, without a traditional staffroom of colleagues. That’s why TEA is a membership organisation, with a virtual TEA Staffroom. Ask for advice from other members, share tips and stories, pat yourself on the back or have a good moan! We believe in rediscovering the joy and creativity of teaching. We want to help you overcome fatigue, stress, isolation and other obstacles, to love what you do as much as your students do.
ARE WE YOUR CUP OF TEA?
- Have you always fancied teaching but don’t know where to start?
- Are you already running some workshops but would like more skills and confidence?
- Would you like your teaching to be approved by an official assessing body?
- Are you tired of working alone in delivering your courses and would you like to connect with likeminded colleagues?
Members join us at different stages of their teaching journey. You might come to us right at the beginning to find out how to start running workshops and courses. Perhaps you have been teaching informally for years but would like support and materials to amplify your skills. More established Independent Teachers, perhaps in Adult Education centres, may like to upskill or enhance their knowledge. Others might like to expand how and where they work by gaining entrepreneurial skills. Or maybe you just want to find a community of likeminded people, working in the same world as you.
You might not call yourself a teacher. You might prefer facilitator, tutor, practitioner or instructor. Some TEA members feel they fell into teaching informally or accidentally. But we are still all teachers. Our accredited training platform wants to help you feel proud of that.
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