Entry Requirements & Selection Process

Interview dates for School Direct 2016/2017 Applications

November 2015 - 18th

December 2015 - 1st and 14th

January 2016 - 12th

February 2016 - 3rd

March 2016 - 8th

April 2016 - 4th

May 2016 - 23rd

Two Training Pathways - non salaried training and salaried employment routes.


  1. Non salaried training is for high-quality graduates who want to be trained as part of a school team from day one. 
  2. Salaried training  is an employment-based route for high-quality experienced graduates with at least three years’ work experience in a school environment or a related subject area. You will earn a salary while you train and be expected to assume classroom teaching. 


ENTRY onto all routes will require:

  1. A minimum of 10 days of school based experience either undertaken, or booked to take place. Please see the link to the left about the School Experience Programme. Please acknowledge whether you have, or plan to gain, experience in your application form.
  2. At the time of interview the Professional Skills Tests for Trainee Teachers must be passed, or booked to be taken after interview and before the start of the programme in September 2015.  Skills Tests must be completed before training can commence. More information about the Skills Tests is available here


ADDITIONAL Entry Requirements - Primary

  • Ideally we are looking for applicants with a least a 2:2 degree
  • Your degree can be in any field for primary places.
  • You will need grade 'C' or above in GCSE Maths, English and Science


ADDITIONAL Entry Requirements - Secondary

  • GCSE grade C minimum (or equivalent) in English and Maths
  • A first degree in a relevant subject / discipline
  • A minimum degree classification of 2:2 (we may consider a 3rd class for Physics and Maths)


Those that do not meet the required baseline criteria will be rejected at the application stage.


Selection Process

Candidates who meet the criteria will be invited by email to attend a one-day selection process giving candidates the opportunity to show their potential for this course.

The day will consist of:-

  • a morning with a class interacting with students and staff
  • break time interaction with students in the playground
  • a directed task with a small group of students
  • prepare and deliver a 20 minute lesson to the class
  • short written assessment
  • a 20 minute interview.


The selection process may or may not take place at your alliance school and candidates will be informed of the outcome within 24 hours.


What we look for in a candidate


  • Candidates must be dedicated to the students
  • We are looking for staff who are passionate and enthusiastic about teaching
  • Eager, keen to learn and can reflect and plan
  • Excellent organisational skills, punctual and willing to give your own time to the school and its pupils
  • An ability to reflect on own practice, accept guidance and constructive criticism
  • Guide and drive your own learning, use your initiative and be proactive.

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