Training programme places are highly sought after, so it’s important that you submit the best application possible.
For primary school teaching, we will be looking for applicants who can evidence a wide range of subject knowledge with good grades at GCSE and A-level. It has been demonstrated, over the years of running this programme, that a good academic profile allows students to cope with the demands of this intensive route more easily. Please ensure that you do not only give your English, Maths and Science GCSEs; make sure you also include all your other GCSEs and A levels on the online portal as well.
We are often asked whether we will accept applicants with 2:2 or 3rd class degrees. While it is very true that the Government has requested that training providers place emphasis on applicants with much higher academic profiles (2:1 or above), as a primary provider, we take into account an applicant’s whole profile and their wealth of pastoral experience with children, not necessarily just within a classroom. We would, however, look for evidence in your personal statement that your school experience has given you a realistic depth of understanding of the realities of being a primary school teacher. An application would not be rejected out of hand purely on the basis of your degree classification, but it would also depend on what the rest of your school qualifications evidenced in terms of good GCSE and A level grades and wide breadth of subjects studied.
The UCAS system gives their advice on whom to choose as your referees, but we also have our own preferred categories of referees and we suggest you adhere to our recommendations to ensure there are no delays in processing your application.
Your principal referee MUST be the Headteacher of the school in which you have carried out your work experience, who is able to comment on your ability and aptitude for a programme of teacher training, as evidenced by the placement that you have carried out in their school.
If you have not yet completed your degree, your second reference MUST be from your University course tutor/personal tutor, who can comment on your academic ability, your likely degree achievement and your potential as a teacher.
If you already have your degree in place, then the second reference can be a character reference from a current employer OR from someone who knows you well, but who is in a position to comment on your relationships with children and be able to give reasons why they think you would be suitable to undertake teacher training.
It is important that you utilise every word allowed in your total word count. We will be looking for applicants, who demonstrate through their personal statement ……
that they will thrive in their future role as a teacher
that they have a creative and innovative approach, which will inspire both children and colleagues
that they will strive to provide the best opportunities that they can for the children in their care to learn and flourish
that they will have the highest expectations of themselves and that they will be a credit to the teaching profession
The Government has produced some useful resources which we strongly recommend reading before completing your application:
You should also ensure that you have studied the eligibility criteria for this course - https://www.ashmeadschoolteachertraining.org.uk/eligibility/
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