How to Apply
All applications are via UCAS Teacher Training. For 2017-18 applications open in late October, and an early application is advised for popular subjects.
We are looking to recruit graduates with a 2:2 or above in a relevant degree subject. Your degree needs to consist of at least 50% of the subject you wish to teach, although there are subject variations – please see OUR SUBJECTS for more details.
It is also preferable for you to have a good A level grade in that subject. Your application needs to demonstrate a strong commitment to becoming a teacher, recent and relevant school experience and enthusiasm for your subject.
Successful applicants should have some recent and relevant experience in a mainstream secondary school setting. Observation and shadowing of teachers and pupils is acceptable, there is no requirement for actual teaching experience. Ideally applicants should have two weeks experience as a minimum. We are able to support potential applicants with this – visit the Department for Education School Experience website or the Ripley TSA School Experience webpage for more details. Experience of training or working with young people in other contexts is also useful.
What we are looking for:
We are looking for people who are ready to go straight into school and this model suits trainees who are able to learn as they go along and incorporate their own experience into this learning process. Successful applicants will have an understanding of the professionalism and resilience needed to become a teacher and to be reflective learners. A real commitment to a career in teaching, a love of their subject and positive attitude towards young people are essential qualities.
How we select:
Applicants who meet the entry requirements will be invited to interview at Ripley St Thomas CE Academy in Lancaster. The interview process includes a written task, subject knowledge audit, short teaching task and panel interview. You will be interviewed by the Programme Leader, School Leads from across our partner schools and a teacher from your subject. Pupils will be involved in the selection process. We are looking for the potential to be an excellent trainee, someone who is ready to start training in a school setting from early September.
Professional Skills Tests:
In order to take up a place on our programme you will have to pass the Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy before the programme commences. We will ask you to bring evidence that you have either passed or at least practised these tests when you attend for interview. For more information please see the Professional Skills Test website.
DBS and medical checks:
As a provider of Initial Teacher Training it is a government requirement that we assess all applicants’ suitability to teach. Therefore, all successful applicants will be required to undertake DBS and medical checks, including from overseas where relevant.
- “The whole programme has been a really positive experience and has prepared me well for life after teacher training! The support given by my mentors and the programme leader has been fantastic and has far surpassed my expectations. I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone interested in teaching.”