You will need at least a Grade 4 (grade C or equivalent) in GCSE Mathematics and English (Language) for secondary training. You will also need at least a C grade (or equivalent) in GCSE Science for Primary Training.
Equivalency testing is available if you do not hold these qualifications. Further details on this and how to gain equivalency can be found here:
You should be a graduate (or about to graduate this year), preferably with a 1st, upper 2ndor lower 2nd class degree in a subject relevant to the one that you wish to teach.
If your degree is in a subject not related to the one that you wish to teach, Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses are an excellent opportunity to support you into teaching. Visit our Subject Knowledge page for more information about SKE courses.
Other Qualifications & Experience
We actively encourage career changers to consider a career in teaching, so any other experience especially related to your subject or through working with young people is beneficial. Click here to hear from some career changers who chose to train with us.
Disclosure of any Criminal Convictions
Candidates who are accepted onto the course will be required to complete a declaration regarding criminal convictions and also go through full DBS checks.
In your application and throughout the selection process, we are looking for the following:
Potential as a teacher
We are looking for your potential to work with young people and meet the needs of this demanding profession. We look for passion and enthusiasm and a love of teaching and your subject.
Knowledge & Understanding
We are looking for teachers who know their subject. Don’t worry about knowing it all though, be honest and discuss with us the opportunities for Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses.
There is no requirement for experience in schools or working with young people, but we are looking for people who have shown some interest in gaining experience in this field, either by working in a school or coming in to our schools for school experience.
Passion to work in a school
We are looking for people with genuine passion to inspire the next generation and give them a love for learning.
Passion for your subject
We are looking for people who are not only knowledgeable about their subject, but also care about it! That way they are more likely to pass on that enthusiasm to their students.
If you want to find out more about what we are looking for, sign up to one of our Get into Teaching Days.
Once applications have been reviewed, we invite you to one of our interview days. These interviews consist of a 15 minute learning task with a small group of students (you will be sent the topic in advance), a student panel interview, a subject knowledge audit and assessment and a formal interview. All of these tasks are observed and then the interview panel will meet at the end of the day to assess all aspects of the day.
Normal procedure is for you to be notified of the outcome on the day of your interview. Good luck!