1. Build up your own experience

  • You may want to begin by volunteering to mentor new teachers at you school and doing peer observations. You can work with other teachers to gain practice in giving feedback.
  • Organise informal workshops at your school, perhaps around particular themes. Encourage other teachers to share ideas that have worked well for them.
  • Present, give a talk or participate in a round table at a conference.

2. Take a Trainer training course

  • These can be particularly helpful for experienced teachers looking to take on freelance work overseas rather than to become approved Celta trainers.
  • Various organisations offer training development courses, such as NILE Online’s From Teacher to Trainer and Trainer Development. NILE also offers programmes such as a Professional Award (see below), and an MA in Professional Development for Language Education with a Trainer Development Module.
  • IH schools around the world run short, one week teacher training courses, geared towards qualified teachers who want to set up different types of observations or conduct teacher development sessions at their schools. In London, IH also offers a two week course called Teacher Trainer Development.
  • Cambridge Assessment also offers a Trainer Training course for those training in primary and secondary schools, available to national governments and educational institutions.
  • Participate in the Professional Award for Teacher Educators. This is recognised by the British Council as a certification of teacher training competence. This two-week programme is designed to develop, measure and validate the competences required for planning and running in-service and pre-service language teacher education programmes. In the UK it is available at NILE.

3. Plot you own Career

  • Use the Cambridge English Trainer Framework to map and understand the trainer’s career path and professional development requirements and options. This is a very useful tool for those looking to move into training. It was developed in collaboration with NILE and aims to help trainers to identify where they are in their professional career and to plan professional development pathways, and to explore research into trainer development.
  • Download the framework here:


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