Person Specification

What are we looking for?

Essential Criteria Required knowledge, skills and behaviours
  • At least a lower second class Bachelors’ degree or equivalent.
  • Usually at least 50% of the content of the degree should be in the subject in which the applicant is applying to train.
  • At least a grade C in both GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at the time of application. (Note – Level 2 Literacy and Level 2 Numeracy are NOT equivalent qualifications)
  • All candidates applying for initial teacher training (ITT) courses are required to have passed the literacy and numeracy professional skills tests before starting teacher training.
Personal Skills
  • Excellent communication skills – especially communicating with children
  • High standard of written and spoken English, including a clear speaking voice and good presentation skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Confidence, initiative, self-motivation, perseverance and resilience
  • Humility, empathy and respect
  • Professional appearance and manner
  • A commitment to Child Protection / Safeguarding
  • Commitment to equal opportunities and raising standards
Teamwork skills
  • The ability to work effectively in high performing teams, working under pressure, meeting deadlines and securing professional relationships with both staff and students.
Knowledge and experience  

  • Recent experience in UK secondary classrooms where the applicant’s chosen subject is taught.
  • Clear understanding of the role of the teacher, and the time commitment the job requires.
  • Good knowledge of the current curriculum in the applicant’s chosen subject area.
  • Note: The School Direct salaried route is aimed at career changers who wish to enter the teaching profession. In addition to the requirements outlined above, applicants for School Direct salaried places need to have worked for a minimum of 3 years. This does not need to have been in an educational setting.



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