What are we looking for in a candidate?

We are looking to recruit talented candidates who have the qualities and attributes suited to a career in teaching and the drive and ambition to make it happen.

​The sorts of personal qualities we are looking for are;

  • Excellent interpersonal skills – friendly and approachable

  • Organisation and time management skills

  • Passion for your subject

  • Resilience and a positive outlook

  • A creative and innovative approach

  • The ability to reflect on and improve practice

  • Potential leadership capabilities
     

School Direct places to start in September

We have places in primary and secondary areas below.

Qualification

Subject/Area

PGCE Primary with QTS General Primary (5-11 years)

PGCE Secondary with QTS

Art & Design
Biology
Chemistry
Computing
Design & Technology
Drama
English
Geography
History
Modern Foreign Languages (French, Spanish)
Mathematics
Music 
Physics
Physical Education
Religious Education
Social Science

Our School Direct route is non-salaried, meaning you will not be paid a salary, however, you may be eligible for a student loan and an NCTL training bursary.

 

Entry requirements

Primary

  • Applicants must have a 2:2 or above honours degree

  • At least 3 GCSE A-C grades to include English Language, Mathematics and Science

  • Successful completion of the QTS skills test in literacy and numeracy before the start of the programme

  • A minimum 10 days experience in primary school gained in the last two years

  • A satisfactory academic (university) reference and a satisfactory professional reference if more than three years since academic study

  • All candidates must demonstrate professional suitability through interview and must obtain medical and enhanced DBS clearance according to established University of Cumbria procedures
     

Secondary

  • A minimum 2:1  or above honours degree is required for Drama & PE

  • 2:2 or above honours degree is required for Art, Geography, History, RE, Music

  • 2:2 or above honours degree is normally required for Computing with ICT, Design & Technology, English, Mathematics, MFL and Science

  • GCSE grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics or recognised equivalent qualifications

  • Successful completion of the QTS skills test in literacy and numeracy by the end of July prior to course start date

  • We strongly recommend that you obtain a minimum of 2-3 days secondary school experience in a mainstream UK secondary school observing a class in your chosen teaching specialism before applying

  • A satisfactory academic (university) reference and a satisfactory professional reference if more than three years since academic study

  • All candidates must demonstrate professional suitability through interview and must obtain medical and enhanced DBS clearance according to established University of Cumbria procedures

     

How do I apply?

All applications will be made online through UCAS Teacher Training accessible via www.ucas.com/apply/teacher-training. Applications cannot be submitted until they are complete and two references are attached. There will be a single application form and one personal statement.

To find out more information about how the system works go to http://www.ucas.com/how-it-all-works/teacher-training.

What happens once I have applied?

Once your application has been received and processed by UCAS, UCAS will send you a welcome letter with your application details and your Personal ID.  You will be able to follow the progress of your application and maintain your information using the online applicant ‘Track’ system. 

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What will the interview process involve?

​Interviews will take place at a school in our Alliance and the process will ensure that School Leaders and tutors on the panel are able to assess your suitability for becoming an Associate Teacher in one of our schools.   

The process is likely to involve the following activities:

  • Informal discussion with Headteacher and/or Senior Leaders

  • Teaching activity with a group of learners

  • Opportunity to meet and speak with a group of pupils who will ask some questions

  • Written task

  • Short presentation to interview panel

  • Formal interview
     

How will I be informed of decisions?

Following your interview we will make one of the following decisions:

  • Unconditional offer

  • Conditional offer

  • Reject

UCAS will inform you of the decision in Track.  You will reply to offers through the UCAS Track system and UCAS will inform us of your decision.

You can only accept one offer; you must decline or withdraw from all other choices.  You can accept an offer before you have heard about all three choices.  To do this, you need to withdraw from your other choices.