How to Apply

Your first steps into teaching

Applications are via UCAS Teacher Training, and 2018-19 applications are now open. We recommend an early application where possible so that you can benefit from Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses as soon as you have secured an offer from us.

Entry requirements:

We are looking to recruit graduates with a 2:2 or above in a relevant degree subject. Your degree needs to consist of at least 50% of the subject you wish to teach, although there are subject variations – please see OUR SUBJECTS for more details.

It is also preferable for you to have a good A level grade in that subject. Your application needs to demonstrate a strong commitment to becoming a teacher, recent and relevant school experience and enthusiasm for your subject.

Applicants should have some recent and relevant experience in a mainstream secondary school setting. Observation and shadowing of teachers and pupils is acceptable, there is no requirement for actual teaching experience. This is important because you need to be sure that this is the career for you, especially if you are having a career change into teaching, so we would like you to ideally have had at least a few days of school experience before you apply to us. We recognise that it is not always easy to arrange this and we do not insist upon a required minimum number of days before you apply, but we are also able to support potential applicants with school experience – contact us for more details.

What we are looking for:

We are looking for people who are keen to learn in a school setting and this model suits trainees who are able to learn as they go along and incorporate their own experience into this learning process. Successful applicants will have an understanding of the professionalism and resilience needed to become a teacher and to be reflective learners. A real commitment to a career in teaching, a love of their subject and positive attitude towards young people are essential qualities.

How we select:

Applicants who meet the entry requirements will be invited to interview at Ripley St Thomas CE Academy in Lancaster. The interview process includes a written task, subject knowledge audit, short teaching task and panel interview. You will be interviewed by the Programme Leader, School Leads from across our partner schools and a teacher from your subject. Pupils will be involved in the selection process. We are looking for the potential to be an excellent trainee, someone who is ready to start training in a school setting from early September.

Professional Skills Tests:

In order to take up a place on our programme you will have to pass the Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy before the programme commences. We will ask you to bring evidence that you have either passed or at least practised these tests when you attend for interview. For more information, please see the Professional Skills Test website.

DBS and medical checks:

As a provider of Initial Teacher Training it is a government requirement that we assess all applicants’ suitability to teach. Therefore, all successful applicants will be required to undertake enhanced DBS, barring and medical checks, including from overseas where relevant.

"The pastoral care of trainees is exemplary. The personalised support that they receive has a significant impact on the outstanding progress that they make. This high-quality support continues throughout their NQT year." OFSTED

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