Recruitment and Selection

Qualifications and attributes

We want to recruit trainee teachers who have the potential to be outstanding in the classroom. You will embark on a personalised training programme, which has been designed to meet your needs and to support you in order for you to be an outstanding teacher. We are looking for people who meet the following criteria:

  • A degree (2:1 preferred but at least 2.2) or equivalent
  • GCSE at C grade or above in English Language, Mathematics (or standard equivalent) and a Science
  • Applicants must pass the Professional Skills Tests in English and Mathematics (It's a good idea to have a look at these soon after applying to give you an idea of the expected standard).
  • Applicants  and must have at least fifteen days experience in a school setting (through employments or, for instance, by volunteering in a local school).  This will give you a good idea of what it is like to be a Primary Teacher.  We can facilitate schools in which to gain volunteer expereince for Aspirer applicants. 

Personal Qualities

You must have:

  • Commitment to a career in teaching
  • Effective communication skills including use of written and spoken English
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well in a team
  • Leadership potential
  • Ability to relate to and engage with young people
  • A range of positive personal characteristics including flexibility, communication, independence, initiative and resilience
  • Ability to explain concepts clearly
  • Strong subject knowledge
  • A sense of humour

We will not be offering "salaried" courses in 2018/19.  Click on the "Funding" section to go to the Department for Education site that gives information about the finance available to applicants.

Selection

We have a rigorous recruitment and selection procedure. We select our Associate Teachers not only by seeing whether they meet the academic criteria, but also on: their passion for teaching all learners; whether they have excellent subject knowledge and whether they have the aspirations to be an outstanding and inspirational teacher in and out of the classroom.

Interview

Once you have applied, you may be offered an interview. At the interview, you will be asked to:

  • Facilitate a classroom activity for between 20 - 30 minutes
  • Complete an academic writing task
  • Interview with the panel.

If you have the drive and passion and want to make a difference to learners and their communities, we want to hear from you.