Ted Bailey qualified as a teacher and began working in London schools and in the Essex Youth and Adult Service. As a mature student he completed a part-time Master’s degree at the University of London and subsequently became a lecturer in further education colleges. Thereafter, for over 25 years, he trained teachers for the higher education sector and during this time spent a year teaching in California under the UK-USA Fulbright Exchange scheme.
He also completed a Doctorate in the principles and practical applications of analogy in teaching and this research has since been authored as "Aha! Teaching By Analogy" (Trafford Publishing).