Applications are made through UCAS Teacher Training. Applications for 2017 will open from Tuesday October 18th 2016, and applications are dealt with on a first-come, first-served basis.
Visit www.ucas.com/ucas/teacher-training to search for courses and make an application.
- You will need a minimum of 2-3 days of school experience prior to making an application, as discussion of your experiences plays an important role in the interview. Please get in touch if you’d like some help arranging a school visit
- Make sure that you have access to your GCSE maths and English Certificate, and your Degree Certificate if you have completed your degree (you will need evidence of your qualifications and may need to replace them)
- If you do not hold a C grade or higher in GCSE Maths or English then you will need to enrol on a course to gain these qualifications, or consider taking an equivalency test http://www.equivalencytesting.com/
- If you have qualifications achieved abroad you will need to contact UK NARIC and obtain a comparison statement to prove that your qualification is the equivalent of UK qualifications https://www.naric.org.uk/naric/
- You may need to begin practising for the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy http://sta.education.gov.uk/
Once your application has been submitted, you will be able to book your professional skills tests. It is preferable to complete these tests before your interview if at all possible, otherwise you will need to complete a paper-based practice paper at interview http://sta.education.gov.uk/professional-skills-tests/book-and-pay-for-the-professional-skills-tests
Our interviews take place in our partnership schools or at Truro College. Please allow a full day for a school-based interview, or 3 hours for a college-based interview.
You will be asked to complete two pre-interview tasks
- the completion of an audit, allowing you to self-assess your current depth of subject knowledge
- A written task encouraging you to reflect on a current educational issue
Full details will be provided with your invitation to interview
At interview you will be asked to:
- deliver a short micro-teach exercise to an interview panel (ideally treating the panel as learners in your classroom)
- take part in a discussion with the panel surrounding your subject knowledge, reasons for wanting to go into teaching and experiences that have prepared you for undertaking a teacher training programme
You may also be asked to take part in a classroom observation exercise, involving interacting with young learners within a supportive role in the classroom. We will not ask you to lead a teaching episode.