Qualities and Qualifications

What qualifications do I need?
You will need to hold a degree from a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification and have achieved a standard equivalent to a Level 4 in GCSE examinations in English and Mathematics. Primary applicants also require a GCSE level 4 or equivalent in Science.

Secondary applicants: ideally 50% of the degree should be relevant to the subject you wish to teach. If the degree does not link closely enough, we may require further evidence of subject knowledge.

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