Your application form is looked at very carefully. In particular, once you have met the basic entry criteria we are interested in your personal statement, your qualifications and your experience.
Use the personal statement to your best advantage and tell us why you want to teach and will make a good teacher. Make sure that you have given us a clear indication of the subject content of your degree. We will also look at whether you have taken care to present your application form professionally.
On the basis of our consideration of your application form, and the academic references that accompany it, we will decide whether to invite you for an interview.
When you come for a School Direct interview, there are likely to be other applicants being interviewed alongside you. We are keen to see that you can work collaboratively with others. The criteria we will use at interview to decide whether or not we offer you a place on the course are:
- an awareness of current educational issues;
- – a realistic and positive view of schools and schooling;
- an open and enquiring mind;
- clear reasons for wanting to teach at the level for which you have applied;
- motivation and commitment to teaching pupils of all levels of ability;
- maturity and self-confidence;
- an appropriate level of subject knowledge in your chosen subject for secondary applicants.
You will be interviewed by staff working in Initial Teacher Training and staff from your chosen subject area. You may be asked to carry out certain tasks that allow you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills, individually or in groups. The letter of invitation will give you details about specific requirements or expectations.
School Direct Interview Days will take place throughout the year
We will inform you of our decision as soon as possible after your interview (via the UCAS portal). If you are given a conditional offer of a place on the School Direct course, you will receive a pack of information describing the steps you should take next. The conditional offer will become unconditional when we have received your acceptance and all the necessary clearances and documentation.
We appreciate this is a rigorous and thorough process but we (and you) need to be sure that teaching is for you!