Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

Minimum degree required

You should be a graduate, preferably with a 1st, 2:1 or 2:2, though we are willing to consider applicants who have a 3rd degree who can demonstrate a real aptitude for teaching, dependent on the subject/specialism. For Secondary trainees, your degree should be in a subject that is closely related to the subject you intend to teach. 


All candidates must have at least a C grade (grade 4) (or equivalent) for GCSE Maths, English and (for the Science subjects and Primary) a Science subject.

A level

3 A’ levels (or equivalent) at C or above would be desirable, but not essential for some subjects/specialisms.

For PE with an EBacc subject, an A'level or equivalent at C or above in the EBacc subject is required. 

Higher degree

A higher degree would be desirable (especially if your degree is a 2:2), but not essential.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses are offered in certain subjects - see https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/subject-knowledge-enhancement-ske-courses for details. These courses are for candidates whose degree included an element of the subject they intend to teach or who have extensive experience in the subject, but a degree in a different subject. They are designed to enable candidates to develop the level of specialist knowledge required to teach their chosen subject. If this may be of interest, you should apply for a place to train as a teacher first, because having the offer of a training place is a prerequisite for being accepted on a SKE course. 

Other qualifications

All candidates must have passed the QTS Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy before starting the course (see https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/passing-the-skills-tests, and information here, about the Numeracy and Literacy tests, including practice papers). There are various on-line means of support eg www.numeracyready.co.uk, or on YouTube. 


What We Are Looking For

Potential to teach

We are looking to recruit candidates who have the potential to become outstanding teachers. This will be demonstrated in a number of ways, including:

- Your specialist subject knowledge

- Your ability to communicate with enthusiasm about learning and about your subject/specialism

- Your ability to reflect on experiences of working with children and young people in schools or other settings

- Your knowledge of the school curriculum and current educational issues

- Your commitment to securing relevant experience and knowledge to support your application


Prior experience in a school is not required, and lack of school experience is not a reason for rejecting an otherwise suitable applicant. 

However, some experience of working with children, for example helping with a sports team, drama group, or youth club, is beneficial.

At least one year's work experience is desirable for Salaried places. 

Personal and Professional Skills and Attributes

Essential requirements:

- Skills and attributes demonstrating suitability to train to teach

- Ambitious to teach at a good or outstanding level at the end of the training year

- Highly motivated and enthusiastic

- High professional standards

- Aware of need for high expectations of students in terms of behaviour and achievement

- Ability to work effectively as a member of a team

- High quality organisational skills

- Ability to motivate students

- Ability to self reflect and set appropriate targets

- Willingness to engage in development activities

- Willingness to play a part in the wider life of a school

- Good personal communication skills

Desirable requirements:

- Potential to write at Masters level

- Ability to teach up to A level in your subject (for Secondary trainees)

How We Select Our Trainees

In your application, you need to clearly demonstrate how you meet our person specification, as detailed in the 'Entry Requirements', and 'What we are looking for' sections.

Dr Challoner's Grammar School is the lead school and will be co-ordinating the recruitment process. If your application is shortlisted, you will be invited for interview at one of our partner schools. As well as having a panel interview, you will also be asked to carry out a reading and writing task, deliver a short presentation on a current education issue or topic, meet specific subject staff, and we will also want to observe you leading a teaching activity with either a full or half class of students. You will be told in advance about the content of the lesson, size of class and the age group you will be teaching. You will also be asked to complete a subject knowledge assessment. You can expect the selection process to take a minimum of  half a day  (possibly at different schools). It is a rigorous and thorough process, designed to get the best match of applicant to the places available.  Please note that applicants for salaried positions may be asked to teach a full lesson and/or complete other tasks which the employing school may specify.

If you are successful at interview, a conditional offer of a place will be made. The conditions will include sufficient school experience, and providing proof that you have met the eligibility conditions for Initial Teacher Training, including passing your Skills Tests, a criminal record check (DBS) and an occupational health assessment. Further conditions may be discussed with you at interview.

If you accept the offer of a place, you will be required to attend an Induction and Needs Assessment session with the Astra SCITT. This will be an opportunity to meet your subject tutor and key SCITT staff, who will help you prepare an Opening Position Statement and a Subject Knowledge Audit, to inform your training programme. 

Safeguarding is at the forefront of all our selection processes and decision-making.