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Entry Criteria

Qualifications

Degree

In order to train as a teacher with us you must have an honours degree (class 2:2 or above) (or equivalent) before your training can start. Of course, this means that if you expect to graduate next summer, then you can apply and if successful then you will be given a conditional offer (subject to you gaining a degree class 2:2 or above). If you already have a degree, and perhaps you have been occupied doing other things for a number of years, then we should also be very pleased indeed to receive an application from you. Excellent subject knowledge is an important component of being a qualified teacher and therefore we expect applicants to have at least 50% of their degree in their chosen specialist subject. We have this requirement because otherwise the subject knowledge demands of the course are overwhelming for trainees. If you are unsure about the suitability of your degree then please contact us. The degree subject is less important for primary candidates who will teach the full range of subjects across the primary curriculum.

GCSE Qualifications

In order to train as a teacher with us you will need a GCSE (or equivalent) Grade C or above in English and Maths before the start of the course.  For Primary you will also need a GCSE (or equivalent) Grade C or above in Science.  We accept equivalency tests from the following organisation www.equivalencytesting.com

If your degree or GCSE qualifications were obtained overseas then you will need to provide a NARIC certificate of comparability.  Please see the NARIC website for further information on obtaining certificates at www.naric.org.uk

Skills Tests

You're required to have passed the Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy before you can be registered on any ITT course. More information on how to book these tests and what to expect can be found at the following link:

https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/passing-the-skills-tests

Experience

School Experience

We expect all trainees to have had some experience of visiting and observing teaching in schools before they start our training programme. Some applicants may have a substantial amount of secondary school experience, for example, if they have been employed as an instructor, teaching assistant or cover supervisor. Ideally applicants have had experience of the school environment before they apply for training, however, we would be pleased to receive applications from those who are intending to gain this experience in the intervening period between application and the start of the training. These applicants may be awarded a conditional place subject to school experience being completed.

Other Relevant Experience

We also recognise that other applicants will have other relevant experience which they bring to teaching and the school environment. Other relevant experience falls into broadly 3 types:

  • Experience working with young people e.g. both paid and voluntary work
  • Experience using subject knowledge e.g. employment in your specialist field
  • Experience working with people e.g. managing people in the work place, voluntary work with adults

Personal Qualities

Clearly, it is very important that teachers have a very good understanding of their specialist subject and relevant experience, but it is just as important that teachers have personal attributes that will help them to relate to young people and enable them to communicate effectively:

  • Enthusiastic about teaching and working with young people
  • Ability to relate well to others and young people
  • A willingness to be trained, to listen to good advice and learn from mistakes
  • Ability to cope with difficult and stressful situations and on these occasions to be able to maintain calmness and a good sense of perspective
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Well organised and hardworking
  • Commitment to continuing professional development
  • Range of personal interests
  • Sense of humour