The Application Process
Applications for all teacher training vacancies should be made through UCAS and their Apply system. There are two opportunities to apply; through Apply 1 in October and then through Apply2 later in the year. Apply2 is open to those who have been unsuccessful in Apply1. More information can be found at the following link: http://www.ucas.com/apply/teacher-training
What are Skills Tests?
It is essential that you register for your Skills Test in Literacy and Numeracy as this is a requirement of being accepted onto a Teacher Training course. If you have not successfully passed these tests, it will be made a condition of acceptance onto the course. Skills Tests are undertaken at specified Driving Test Centres. You can find a list of them here: http://sta.education.gov.uk/professional-skills-tests/the-process-for-taking-the-professional-skills-tests
What sort of School Experience will I need?
You normally require a minimum of 10 days working in a school environment and we are registered with the School Experience Programme for those people who are looking to spend time in the classroom. It is not necessary to work in a school however, time spent working with young people is also considered. If you have not worked in a school or a college, then make sure that you include any information on your application form that might showcase any transferable skills. Further information on the School Experience Programme can be found here: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/getting-school-experience
What should I put in a personal statement?
This is your opportunity to shine!
Tell us why you want to teach, make sure that your enthusiasm for working with young people comes across throughout your personal statement. Tell us about your experiences working with young people and how they have inspired you. Tell us about what skills you may have that you have not been able to tell us about within the UCAS application form. Above all, please make sure that you have used a spell check, or ask someone to proof read it for you. Spelling errors can leave a negative impression.
I am still waiting for my references, can you process my form without them?
The simple answer is no! You will be asked to provide two references. Your application will not be sent to us without your completed references attached to it. If you are working on your application, then do please make the time to explain the process to your referees and how important it is that they complete their end of the task as speedily as possible as this process can hold up your application and mean the difference between your application being considered in time for what can be highly competitive places.
I’d love to apply, but it’s been years since I was at school and I’m a bit rusty!
Don’t worry! Candidates who can demonstrate that they have an aptitude for teaching during their interview, but who need to brush up their subject knowledge may be offered an opportunity to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course before starting their teacher training.
The cost of SKE courses are covered by the government and you are compensated for time and costs through a variety of grants that are available depending on the length of the course you need to undertake.
Will I have a job at the end of all this?
School Direct trainees who successfully complete their training may be employed in any school with a vacancy in their subject across the Alliance. There can, however, be no guarantee of employment, as vacancies will largely depend on circumstances that may exist in schools at the time, though the teaching school will be support you in securing employment. Trainees would be required to go through a full and formal application process for any vacancies.
What will this cost me?
School Direct Training Programme (salaried)
You will be paid a salary as an Unqualified Teacher by the school in which you train. The salary will largely depend upon the degree subject and classification and will range from £16,000 to £30,000. You will be responsible for paying the initial £2,000 joining fee required by the University. The school will pay for the Course Fees.
School Direct Training Programme (unsalaried)
Is there any support to pay the tuition fees?
Maintenance grants are available to support living costs during the training year for Home students in England. These are available to trainees whose total household income is less than £42,600. To check eligibility and to apply visit www.direct.gov.uk
Home and EU students may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the costs of the course. This is available through SLC. More information can be found at www.direct.gov.uk
Am I able to apply for a student loan as a PGCE student?
Home students in England may be eligible for a student maintenance loan to help towards living costs and accommodation. Again more information on this can be found at www.direct.gov.uk
Dependent on subject and degree classification, you may be eligible for a tax-free bursary of up to £30,000 whilst you train. Please see the table below:
Scholarship: Eligible ITT Subjects
|ITT Subject or Phase|
|D&T||History, RE or Music||Primary|
|Eligibility||Physics||Maths, *||Chemistry Computing, Geography, MFL||Biology||D&T||English||History, Music, RE||Primary Maths||Primary|
|First Class or Doctorate||£26,000||£20,000||£26,000||£26,000||£12,000||£15,000||£9,000||£6,000||£0|
|2:1 or Masters||£26,000||£20,000||£26,000||£26,000||£9,000||£15,000||£4,000||£6,000||£0|
*£5k Y3 and Y5 if employed in mainstream state school, and uplift available if in certain areas of UK