WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR? PERSON SPECIFICATION
School Direct Person specification
Note: Items marked (E) are essential while those marked (D) are desirable.
(Please note that these are our short listing criteria)
First Degree of a United Kingdom Higher education institution or equivalent, passed at 2.2 or above (E)The provider may consider candidates with a 3rd class degree, but these candidates will not qualify for the PGCE, only QTS (Qualified Teacher Status)
English, Maths and Science GCSE grade 4 or above or the equivalent (E)
Professional Skills Test in Maths and English (E)
If your qualifications were awarded abroad, you must submit proof of equivalency from NARIC with your application.
An understanding of the role of a teacher (D). See Teachers’ Standards
An awareness of the National Curriculum (D)
Ability to work on own initiative and manage own work load (E)
Ability to combine work and study (E)
Ability to work co-operatively and effectively with colleagues (E)
Ability to build relationships with children that promote learning (E)
Clear and accurate verbal and written communication skills (E)
An interest in and enjoyment of working with children (E)
Ability to reflect on own practice and learning and listen to advice (E)
Determination to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (E)
Positive attitudes towards children and young people (E)
An understanding of children’s needs (E)
An understanding of the professional boundaries related to child protection procedures (E)
Interests that would enhance children’s learning experience (D)
Willingness to implement and promote equal opportunities policies (E)
Satisfactory Criminal Record (DBS) check (E)
Willingness to seek employment as a teacher in the partnership (D)
2Schools Consortium is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applicants from groups under-represented in primary schools, for example, men, those from ethnic minority groups and those with disabilities.
1. Can I train to teach in a secondary school?
The 2Schools Consortium is only involved in training primary teachers, either Foundation and KS1 or KS1 and KS2. If you are more interested in training as a secondary teacher via the School Direct Programme, you could contact other providers. Information about other providers and eligibility can be found on the NCTL website.
2. Do I need any experience?
Prior experience in a school is not required.
Career changers can bring valuable skills and experience to the profession, which they will have normally developed since leaving university. This experience does not have to be from an educational setting, but applicants are advised to gain some knowledge of primary teaching. You could:
- volunteer in a local primary school
- find out about the National Curriculum and the Primary Frameworks for Literacy and Mathematics
3. What if I do not have the minimum requirements?
Applicants need to have gained all the required GCSE qualifications or equivalent or be waiting for final results when making an application.
GCSE equivalency tests can be taken through;
- Equivalency Testing – telephone number 01277-203336
- A Star Teachers – telephone number 0207-272-7070
4. Is there any support material for passing the Skills tests?
The skills test website has practice papers and a number of books have been published to support applicants.
Numeracy for Teaching by Derek Haylock,
Passing the Numeracy Skills Test (Achieving QTS Series) by Mark Patmore
Passing the Literacy Skills Test (Achieving QTS Series) by Jim Johnson and Bruce Bond are all highly recommended.
5. Can I train on the School Direct Programme (salaried) if I have qualified as a teacher overseas?
The School Direct Programme is not intended for those who have trained to be a teacher abroad. If you are an Overseas Trained Teacher wishing to teach in England, Please look at our Assessment Only Route.
Everyone at 2Schools Consortium is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment and all staff and volunteers are expected to adhere to these.