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Eligibility

School Direct offers a unique training route to achieving a PGCE and/or Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and aims to attract the highest-quality candidates. In order to train via the School Direct programme, you must have:

 

Essential Qualities:

  • A British Bachelors Honours degree or recognised equivalent qualification (2nd Class or higher)

  • A GCSE grade C / level 4 or above in English Language, Mathematics and Science

  • Successful completion of both the literacy and numeracy professional skills tests

  • Clear and accurate written and verbal communication skills and the abilty to read effectively.

  • Successful safeguarding checks including an Enhanced DBS check

  • A successful 'Fit to Teach' health assessment

 

Desirable qualities

  • Knowledge and understanding of primary education, including the National Curriculum and other current educational initiatives.

  • Knowledge and understanding of the role of the primary teacher.

  • Experience in a mainstream UK primary classroom within the last two years (a minimum of 10 days, but greater experience will strengthen application).

  • ICT confidence and competency.

 

Personal Qualities – evidence that you are able to

  • Work on own initiative and manage workload.

  • Work co-operatively and effectively with people from a diverse society.

  • Build relationships with children that promote learning.

  • Draw upon interests and talents that would enhance children’s learning experiences.

  • Willingly seek employment in the local area.

 

Additional Criteria For Salaried Routes

  • Individualised programme agreed and Partnership Agreement signed by Headteacher.
  • Identification, through the selection process, as exhibiting the potential to be a Good or Outstanding teacher by the end of the programme.
  • At least three years' work experience - although desirable, it is not necessary for this experience to be education related.

 

Desirable Criteria For Salaried Routes

  • At least a year’s worth of Teaching Assistant experience in school.
  • Financial backing from a school to support additional costs required on top of DfE salary grant.

 

Overseas Qualifications

If you wish to apply to us for teacher training and your secondary school and/or degree qualifications were obtained overseas, you will need to apply for a statement of comparability from UK NARIC and submit this with your application, along with photocopies of your certificates.

 

Once you have filled in the online application form, you will then need to post copies of your certificates and your payment to UK NARIC, Oriel House, Oriel Road, Cheltenham, GL50 1XP. You will need to supply us with an individual statement from NARIC addressed to you personally. A general comparability printed off the internet is not sufficient.

 

This process can be initiated online via the following link: www.ecctis.co.uk/naric 

 

 

Work Experience

Before considering the course, we strongly recommend that all  potential applicants gain experience of work within a primary school. This is to enable you to gain first hand experience of a classroom environment and a small insight into the role of a teacher.  It is an opportunity for you to ensure that this is the correct career path for you and will also provide valuable experience that will help to strengthen your application and performance at interview.

Needless to say, the more classroom experience you gain, the better prepared you'll be for the recruitment process as well as the training programme.

Equal opportunities

We strongly encourage skilled and talented applicants from a variety of backgrounds, including those with a disability.

 

We therefore endeavour to cater for your individual needs, through the application and selection process as well as the duration of the training programme.  To find out more about this, please contact Karina O'Meara, Head of Training at Ashmead School Teacher Training, on 01296 484434 or by emailing: teachertraining@ashmeadschool.org.uk

 

We are also committed to ensuring that all applicants and trainees are treated fairly. We will not discriminate on any ground such as race, ethnic origin, nationality, social background, sex, age or marital status.

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