Eligibility (Primary)

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate their commitment to a future teaching career, strong subject knowledge and the ability to interact with young people in and out of a classroom environment. We are also looking for strong literacy and numeracy skills, high standards of written English, a willingness to contribute to wider school life as well as personal qualities including: confidence, resilience, ability to work in a group and under pressure, self-reflection and time management skills.

Candidates must have:

  • A degree classification of 2:2 or above (we will consider applicants with a 3rd class degree if you show particular strengths or qualities in other areas).
  • Five GCSEs grade C or above (or new Grade 4) including English, mathematics and science.  If you do not have these you can still apply for teacher training, but we will require you to pass an equivalency test before we confirm any offer that we make: ‚Äčwww.equivalencytesting.com/
  • At least one week of recent full-time experience in the classroom prior to applying.  This should be reflected in the statement of application.  
  • Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy must be successfully completed within 6 weeks of an offer being made.  Please see the Department of Education website for more information on the content of the tests and where you can sit them; the website also contains online practice tests. sta.education.gov.uk/
  • Successful completion of Occupational Health and Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure checks. These checks are required once an offer has been made to ensure you meet the Department for Education’s requirements for physical and mental health to teach, as well as assessing your suitability for access to children and vulnerable adults. 
  • An awareness and commitment to safeguarding issues.

In addition, if you are applying for a salaried place, candidates must have:

  • At least two years of full time employment (not necessarily in education).