How To Apply
First of all, make sure you can meet the entry requirements. You can check the entry requirements for Primary and Special under the appropriate tabs.
Placements on our Secondary training programmes are offered under condition of the following:
- A undergraduate degree qualification at class 2:2 or above from the UK (or equivalent).
- If you need to improve your subject knowledge, you may be asked to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course.
- Grade 4 (C) or above in GCSE English and maths Grade or equivalent qualification. We will consider candidates with pending GCSEs or candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English and maths. Candidates will be advised of acceptable test providers if they are offered a place. Fees will need to be paid to the test providers by the candidate.
- Successful candidates will be required to complete a medical questionnaire, provided by the University, which will be assessed by an Occupational Therapist
- Successful candidates will be required to provide an Enhanced Disclosure Certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service, application for which can be obtained through the University.
If you meet the requirements, search for us on the DfE Apply website, where you will find the range of courses we offer. You will need to complete an application and provide two referees (references will be requested following the interview, should you be successful). Referees cannot be friends or relatives and should ideally, be a lecturer or tutor from university, college or high school, and a previous or current employer.
Following an initial screening to ensure your application meets our entry requirements, applications will be submitted to the subject staff for review. Successful applicants at this stage will be invited to an interview.
The main purposes of the interview are to:
- allow you to understand as fully as possible the nature of the course, the teaching profession and your commitment to it;
- begin to explore your subject strengths and areas for development;
- assess your ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English;
- answer any questions you may have.
Whilst school experience is not a requirement for being invited to interview, successful candidates will be able to demonstrate during their interview that they have a good understanding of student learning and progress. Applicants may wish to draw upon experiences from their own education or paid or voluntary work in schools or with school-age children to show evidence of their understanding.
As part of the interview, you will be asked to teach a class of KS3 students for approximately 20 minutes, having been given a topic and ability level in advance of your interview.
Prior to our application window opening, we strongly suggest you also read our brochure and sign up to one of our ITT Taster Events (follow us on social media for more information or email Becky Parsons, ITT Coordinator REP@painsley.staffs.sch.uk or Louise Bullock LBU@painsley.staffs.sch.uk
We wish you luck with your application and we hope to see you soon!