Entry Requirements

WPSCITT Person Specification

Degree:
Applicants must hold an honours degree of a UK university, higher education institution or an acceptable equivalent at 2.2 or above.

For Secondary applicants their degree should include a minimum content of 50% which is directly related to the subject which they are training to teach. If their degree is not in the subject specialism we encourage applicants to contact us to discuss their application on an individual basis. Applicants must be able to demonstrate appropriate subject knowledge for the age range they intend to teach and we often make offers which are conditional upon a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course being completed.

Applicants with a non-UK degree will be required to demonstrate equivalence with UK standards through NARIC.

GCSEs:
Applicants must be in possession of appropriate prior qualifications including GCSE grade C or above in English (or English Language) and Mathematics. Those training within Primary must also hold a GCSE grade C or above in Science.

Applicants who are otherwise suitable for ITT but, for whatever reason, have not successfully achieved a GCSE grade C may be given an opportunity to show that they can nevertheless meet the required standard by taking an equivalence test.

Applicants with non-UK secondary school qualifications will be required to demonstrate equivalence with UK GCSE standards through NARIC.

All applicants must be able to provide original certificates of academic and equivalent qualifications.

Professional Skills Tests:
Applicants are required to have passed the skills tests before the start of the course. The registration system is now open and we encourage all applicants to book to take the tests as early as possible to avoid the disappointment of gaining a place and not being able to start. You will need to take proof of application to ITT with you on the day of your test. Special arrangements can be requested and further information on who is eligible and how to apply can be found on the DfE website. Tests can be booked via the DfE skills test registration page or by phoning 0300 303 9613. Further details and updated practice tests, including punctuation for the literacy test, are now available and can be accessed via the DfE skills test pages.

DBS and Occupational Health:
All applicants must undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) and an occupational health assessment to assess fitness for teaching. Applicants successful in securing a SCITT Tuition Fee place will be required to cover the cost of these clearances themselves – they are currently £51.20 for the DBS and £18 for the standard health assessment however if this health assessment raised any issues further reports may be required at additional expense to the applicant.

Communication Skills:
Applicants should have the ability to communicate clearly and accurately in both written and spoken English.

Visa to Study:
Applicants from non EU countries must hold an appropriate visa stating that they are eligible to study in the UK for the duration of the course. The Wildern Partnership and our Partnership Schools are not able to provide sponsorship for a Visa.

Previous experience in a school setting:
Applicants should already have undertaken (or have arrangements in hand to undertake) an appropriate educational experience before applying. Evidence of this practical experience, or similar recent connection, will be discussed at interview.

School Direct Salaried placements  are primarily aimed at career changers with three or more years’ post university work experience. For our placements within Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics we will consider exceptional candidates who do not quite meet this criteria, for our English placements we will consider candidates who will meet this criteria by the time the programme commences in September 2017.

 

Who Should Apply?

The teaching profession offers new entrants an opportunity to work in an exciting and rewarding environment whereby they can help shape future generations in their academic, moral, social and spiritual development.

Ideal candidates for this profession will have an excellent academic profile in their chosen subject. This will be evident from their academic transcript as well as through work related experience which they may have undertaken.

It is important that applicants wishing to train to become teachers can demonstrate an ability to work independently as well as being effective team members. They will need to be hard working, committed and resilient, all qualities which will be sought after during the selection process.

Should you meet the demands of this profession, the Wildern Partnership SCITT welcomes your applications.