What we expect from you
- Desire and passion to become a teacher and to challenge and inspire your students.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with proficiency in both written and spoken English.
- Strong subject knowledge and an understanding of it in the context of educating young people.
- Commitment to high standards and excellence.
- A wider understanding of the purpose of education.
- Resilience and determination to succeed both as a trainee and as a teacher.
- The ability to meet the mental and physical demands of classroom teaching.
Thinking of Teaching Week
Consists of 3 consecutive days in a working school environment, spending time in the classroom undertaking Teacher Trails, SEN Trails and lesson observations. On the final day there will be an opportunity to reflect on your experience, have your questions answered in a Q&A session and network with your peers.
Thinking of Teaching Evening
The evening will start with a presentation providing general information on the Routes into teaching, Career progression, Teacher’s standards and Pupil and Teacher Trails. The session will finish with a Q&A session with current SCITT trainees.
Essentially, the more experience you have, the better your chances of being offered a place. You may be eligible to apply for classroom experience through the Department for Education School Experience Programme (SEP) – you’ll need to register with the Department for Education first.
Follow this link for more information on the interview process at GSA SCITT and how you can begin to prepare for this.
If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend an interview day at George Spencer Academy or one of our partner schools.
You will need to bring with you: Photo ID documentation, Birth Certificate, Address ID, Original GCSE and Degree certificates and any relevant A Levels to the subject you are applying to teach.
You'll need GCSE (or standard equivalent) at minimum grade C in English Language or English (Grade C in English Literature only is not considered equivalent) Mathematics and Science Subject (if you want to teach primary). A UK first degree (or equivalent qualification). Priority will be given if you have a relevant subject degree which at least 50% relates to the subject you wish to teach for secondary training (particular priority for those with a 2:1 or above). For the training-only route, we may offer you a conditional place based on predicted degree classifications.
If you're starting an ITT course in September 2017, you'll need to pass the Professional Skills tests in literacy and numeracy beforehand.
We recommend arranging these as soon as possible. You can book your tests in advance providing you have submitted your application through the UCAS Teacher Training system.Learn More
This is primarily aimed at anyone looking to change their career who has three or more years work experience, but we will consider exceptional candidates who don't meet these criteria (for example, if you have eighteen months highly relevant work experience). Please note, this only applies to maths, physics, chemistry, modern foreign languages and computing. We don't offer conditional places for this programme, so you'll need to have gained all your relevant entry qualifications before you apply.