We are looking for creative and enthusiastic individuals with long term aspirations to work with children and young adults. Applicants should also have a commitment to inclusion for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
In order to apply for a place on one of our School Direct programmes you must have:
- A minimum of 3 GCSEs A – C grades which must include English, Maths and Science OR approved equivalencies
- A degree in a National Curriculum subject or a relevant applied discipline e.g. psychology, linguistics or physiology
If you don’t have GCSE English, Maths or Science at grade C or above, you can still apply but you will need to gain the qualifications before the course starts. If you are taking an equivalence test or a qualification we recommend that you contact us to check that this will be accepted.
Similarly, if taking a course in English, Maths or Science at another University or College please check the acceptability of these courses with us. Unfortunately Adult Literacy, Adult Numeracy or Application of Number are NOT accepted as equivalent to GCSE English or GCSE Maths.
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Relevant School Experience
Our School Direct Training Programmes are very competitive. Applicants are advised to have a minimum of five days mainstream primary or specialist school experience to be able to demonstrate competence in their application and at interview. We would then advise successful applicants to have a minimum of 10 days experience by the start of the course.
This ensures our candidates are equipped to succeed, and we have an excellent track record of students securing employment to reflect this. However, please be assured that whilst we advise this experience, it is not compulsory, and you will not be unsuccessful in application or interview if you do not have this experience but demonstrate an aptitude for teaching.
If you do not have the relevant experience of working children or young adults in either mainstream primary or specialist settings, it is recommended that you undertake a School Experience Placement in a relevant school (specialist or mainstream) before you apply.
Literacy and Numeracy Professional Skills Tests
If you have a recognised disability such as dyslexia, you can apply for accessibility arrangements to ensure you have enough time to take the tests.
In addition, all candidates applying for initial teacher training (ITT) courses are required to have passed the literacy and numeracy professional skills tests before starting teacher training. You are able to sit these tests multiple times and will only be charged after several unsuccessful attempts.