How do I apply?
Where can I teach?
We have four areas on the South East with multiple schools where you can train:
- Aldershot, Farnham, Farnborough and Camberley
- Portsmouth, Southampton and Havant
Do I have to be Catholic?
No, but we do like our students to be sympathetic to the Catholic ethos.
Do I have to have a degree in a core subject?
Legislation does not specify that teachers must have a degree in a particular subject or discipline. It is the Teachers’ Standards that specify the subject knowledge required for the award of QTS. All trainee teachers must meet these by the time they complete their training. There is no statutory requirement for primary trainee teachers to have a degree in a national curriculum subject, or for secondary trainee teachers to have a degree in a specified subject, as long as they meet all of the Teachers’ Standards, including those that relate to subject and curriculum knowledge, by the end of their training.
If I have taken my degree in another country, does this still count?
You will need to ensure that your degree has been assessed and converted by National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom (UK NARIC)
How much teaching experience do I need?
Prior experience in a school is not required. However, where candidates have been able to gain experience in schools, providers might find reports from those schools helpful. Lack of school experience should not be a reason for rejecting an otherwise suitable applicant.
How many times can I take the skills test?
You must pass the skills test before you take up your position as teacher training student, however you can take it as many times as you need to.
Will I need to train in both key stages?
Yes, to gain QTS you need to have trained in teaching both key stages
Will I only train in one school?
No, you will be required to undertake a 6 week placement at an alternative school. We will arrange this placement for you.
I am registered as disabled, can I still apply to teach?
Yes. The Equality Act 2010 and Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 require providers to ensure they are not discriminating against applicants with disabilities or special educational needs (SEN).
Applicants with disabilities are under no obligation to disclose their disabilities. Providers must ensure that their provision does not place applicants with declared disabilities at a disadvantage. Providers must also consider making anticipatory adjustments to promote positively equality of access for disabled applicants, including access to benefits, facilities and services. They should provide as many opportunities as possible for applicants to identify any special arrangements they may require, for example when inviting them for interview or making arrangements for any entrance tests.
For further information access Initial teacher training (ITT): criteria and supporting advice
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