We are seeking high quality graduates who can demonstrate a commitment to teaching as a career. You will need the following qualifications for entry to the programme:
- A degree, class 2:2 or higher, awarded by a UK university or a recognised equivalent qualification.
- GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above and Science at grade C or above if applying for primary
- You must pass the professional skills tests (link to http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/careers/traininganddevelopment/professional) in Literacy and Numeracy
Applicants’ previous career
It is preferable to have a minimum of three years’ work experience, (but this is not essential). This experience may be in any career and does not have to be in an educational setting unless applying for a salaried programme, but should generally apply to the years following graduation.
A commitment to undertake teacher training is a major step. As such it is important applicants make this commitment based on a first hand understanding of the rewards and challenges of working in an English secondary or primary school in the 21st century. All applicants therefore need a minimum of two weeks relevant and recent experience in a primary school prior to interview.
Fitness to Teach
You will be required to complete a health questionnaire and satisfy Fitness to Teach requirements
Disclosure and Barring Service
You will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) barred list and criminal records check. A criminal record won’t necessarily prevent you from becoming a teacher though you will need to disclose any criminal convictions, cautions or bind-overs and agree to an enhanced criminal check. This enables us to identify those who are barred from working with children and vulnerable adults.
Eligibility to study in the UK
If you are not a British national you must ensure via the Home Office/UK Border Agency that you are eligible to study in the UK and, if necessary, have applied for and received all the required visas, permits and documentation to do so before your training begins.
What we are looking for:
We are looking to recruit high calibre candidates who have the values, qualities and attributes needed to become outstanding teachers, with the drive and motivation to succeed.
We are looking for candidates who:
• Are passionate about making a difference to the lives and development of their pupils
• Have a positive outlook
• Are patient and adaptable
• Have good interpersonal skills
• Are friendly and approachable
• Are passionate about teaching
• Are creative and imaginative
• Have good organisational skills and excellent time management
• Are reflective and strive to improve their own practice
We want our candidates to demonstrate the following qualities:
Creativity and commitment – we want to recruit talented and creative individuals, with a passion for teaching and learning across the wide range of subjects taught in a primary school along with a desire to constantly improve their own practice. We believe these qualities will underpin the work of trainee teachers as they seek to challenge and excite their pupils and enable them to develop as confident, enthusiastic and effective learners.
Good communication skills – these are at the heart of effective teaching and all applicants are expected to demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Stamina and determination – Teachers in schools know that teaching demands stamina and perseverance. We are looking for applicants who show a commitment to high standards and excellence, combined with the resilience and determination required to cope with the demands of the course and of teaching.
Good role models representative of the local population – We are very interested in all candidates whose applications demonstrate the qualities outlined above and who meet our selection requirements. We aim to recruit a range of good role models representative of the local population. We are also particularly keen to hear from experienced classroom assistants, professionals seeking a career change and those returning to work after a career break.