Qualities and Qualifications

What qualifications do I need?
You will need to hold a ‘first’ degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification – A ‘first’ degree is the initial degree you undertook, i.e. BA, BSc, etc and not a Postgraduate degree i.e. Masters or Phd and must comprise 300 HE credit points of which 60 must be at level 6 of the QCF. Applicants with a foundation degree will need to supplement this qualification with at least 60 credits at level 6 (HE level 3) in order to attain an equivalent single qualification first degree from a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification, any equivalent qualification must be one single qualification, not an aggregation of a number of separate qualifications.

A standard equivalent to a Level 4 in GCSE examinations in English, Science and Mathematics.

What if I am lacking a GCSE that is part of the entry requirements?
You can sit an ‘equivalency’ test. Please check the following links to providers of these tests. Equivalency Testing Brentwood A Star Equivalency Islington

Safeguarding & fitness to teach
We will complete Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records and ‘children’s barred list’ checks. All candidates are required to make a fitness to teach declaration to Occupational Health.

What are we looking for in applicants?
It is essential that you can demonstrate a good quality of spoken and written standard English. This will be established through the application and interview process. The below are desirable skills, aptitudes and dispositions.

  • Knowledge of the role of the teacher
  • Commitment to the profession
  • Good communication skills
  • Have resilience
  • Evidence of ‘teachability’ and humility
  • Evidence of self-awareness and empathy
  • A passion for children’s learning
  • A genuine interest in children’s learning
  • Evidence of problem-solving skills