What Do We Look For?

We are looking for a wide range of qualities which would indicate that you’d make you a good teacher. Here are some of them:


  • Passion (& energy) – demonstrate your love of learning (and your subject if Secondary) and your desire to pass on your passion for learning to the students ​

  • Confidence (& personality) - Can you speak confidently and in an engaging way to students? ​

  • Professionalism – Your appearance, your mindset and the way you conduct yourself.  ​

  • Resilience (& commitment) – Teaching is enjoyable but also challenging. You'll need to demonstrate you're up to the task and have the resilience to push through on the days when you want to stop! ​

  • A desire to learn – Many trainees initially find that they don’t have the breadth of subject knowledge, vocabulary or grammar skills expected of a teacher. This need not be a barrier, but you must have an inherent desire to expand your knowledge and skills.

Qualifications Required

  • UK university degree (2:2 or above) or recognised equivalent qualification

  • Grade C (Grade 4) or above in:

    • GCSE English Language and Mathematics

    • plus a GCSE grade C (Grade 4) or above in Science for Primary trainees

  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check​

What 'teaching skills' are we looking for?

At interview we will be looking for evidence of relevant skills, including: 

  • Reflective/evaluative skills – can you reflect on your own performance? 

  • Ability to prepare materials and present to a range of audiences.​​

  • Subject knowledge – We will assess your areas of strength and those in which you need additional support.


Following your interview, you may be asked to complete an online Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course as a condition of our offer.