Eligibility (Secondary, 11-16 years)

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 skillshigh standards of written English, a willingness to contribute to wider school life as well as personal qualities including: confidence, flexibility, resilience, ability to work in a group and under pressure, self-reflection and time management skills.  We recommend that candidates read the attached job description and person specification to assist with their application.

Qualifications needed:

  • A UK university degree at grade 2:2 or higher or a recognised equivalent qualification.   
  • Applicants with a 3rd class degree will be considered if they can demonstrate considerable experience in other areas relevant to their application. 
  • Overseas qualifications will be considered but these should be checked with NARIC before a UCAS application is submitted.  To qualify for a bursary, the NARIC statement must reflect that the overseas degree is equivalent to a UK Honours degree. 
  • All candidates must have the right to work in the UK.
  • We accept applications from candidates who are expected to graduate by the time the course starts.  We require a final predicted grade from a tutor.
  • All candidates are expected to have achieved a standard equivalent to a level 4  (A*-C) or above in GCSE examinations in English and mathematics.
  • In exceptional circumstances, we may accept applications from candidates who do not yet hold these GCSE passes as long as evidence can be provided that these qualifications are being worked towards and will be completed prior to the start of the course. 
  • An equivalency test is another option if you do not hold the required GCSE passes. 
  • In all cases, applications must hold the required GCSE or equivalency qualifications prior to the start of the course.
  • If your degree and qualifications were gained in a non-English speaking country, you may be required to sit the IELTS: we require an overall grade of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 for Reading and 6.0 for Writing.
  • During the interview process candidates' numeracy and literacy skills will be tested.  Candidates must pass these tests before being offered a training place.
  • Successful completion of an Occupational Health check.  We have a responsibility to ensure that trainees have the health and physical capacity to teach and will not put children and young people at risk of harm.

  • An awareness of and commitment to safeguarding issues. We are committed to protecting students in schools and will undertake a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure check to ensure that our trainees are suitable to train to teach.  We require three pieces of personal ID before a training offer can be confirmed.

In addition:

  • Any school experience or any relevant work expereince that you may have with children should be reflected in your personal statement within your application.

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