Selection
process

We are looking for applicants who are suited to the teaching profession both academically and personally.

We actively welcome applications from those candidates straight from their first degree as well as from more mature students, valuing their experience of life and of the world of work.  We recognise the challenges faced by those applicants who have already had a long career in an unrelated field, and so we offer tailored “career change” support.

In addition, we particularly welcome applications from groups under-represented in teaching, notably ethnic minority trainees and trainees with disabilities.

Secondary applicants

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A UK honours degree with a 2:2 classification or higher which must be at least a 50% match to the subject in which you you wish to train (or a recognised equivalent qualification). Please contact us if you wish to teach a subject which does not match your degree as in some cases we may accept an application from you if you are willing to undertake a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) programme.  The Government is currently reviewing SKE courses, with an announcement expected in January 2021.

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All applicants must have achieved a standard equivalent to a Grade C/Level 4 or above in GCSE English Language and Mathematics.

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PE, Dance and Drama candidates will be expected to complete part of their training in a second subject to increase their employability. Therefore all PE, Dance and Drama applicants would ideally hold an A Level in a KS3/4 curriculum subject at Grade C or above or in special circumstances, have relevant life/work experience which would allow them to teach a second subject.

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Modern Language candidates will be required to train across two languages from French, German and Spanish. All Language applicants must hold a degree in the language they wish to teach as well as ideally holding an A Level at Grade C or above in a second curriculum language. Consideration will also be given to candidates with a GCSE as well as native speakers.

Primary applicants

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A UK honours degree with a 2:2 classification or higher (or a recognised equivalent qualification).

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All applicants must have achieved a standard equivalent to a Grade C/Level 4 or above in GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science.

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Applicants for the General Primary with Maths programme must also have achieved a standard equivalent to a Grade B at A Level.

Where a school has a candidate who they wish to support in a salaried position who does not meet the degree classification criteria but has a first (Bachelors) degree and has demonstrated their ability to teach we will consider applications on their individual merits. A first degree comprises 300 HE credit points of which 60 must be at level 6 of the QCF.

In addition to these academic requirements all candidates must establish at interview that they can communicate in English competently, confidently and clearly to a level that facilitates good quality communication with pupils, parents and colleagues and do so both orally and through writing.

Salaried Applicants 

Following the Government announcement on 13th October, we have suspended our Salaried Primary programme.  We are currently exploring an alternative salaried programme.

The majority of Salaried applicants are already working in schools and their employing school have agreed to support them during the training year. However, we are able to find placement schools for some exceptional Salaried applicants.

Overseas Qualifications

Candidates without English, Maths or Science GCSEs

Where candidates have not achieved a standard equivalent to a Grade C/Level 4 or above in GCSE English Language and Mathematics or Science, they must complete an equivalency test. The cost of these tests must be borne by the candidate and we accept test results from A Star Equivalency and Equivalency Testing.com .

Safeguarding

All candidates will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to verify their suitability for working with young people.

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