How To Apply
In the first instance, please contact us for an informal discussion about your plans to train to teach. We can then offer you a half-day tailored to your requirements:
- to discuss what we can offer during your training year
- to spend time in the school environment observing teachers and students
- to help set up a ‘school experience’ week
- to ask all those questions that may influence your decision
You will need to register and apply using the UCAS Teacher Training portal. UCAS manages the applications to all postgraduate teacher training routes.
Applications are checked by schools in the Haybridge Alliance SCITT to make sure that necessary selection criteria are met before shortlisting is undertaken. We request two references - one of which must be an academic reference from your university. We are interested in references from your university, employers, and teaching staff from the school where you completed your ‘school experience’.
We will then organise interviews as necessary with the final decision on offers being made by the school.
Applying for School-Led Training
The Department for Education came to Haybridge to make this short film with our trainees about applying for school-led training.
- GCSE grade C/4 in both English and Mathematics (or recognised equivalents)
- GCSE grade C/4 in a science subject (including Combined Science) if you are applying to teach Primary (Key Stage 1/2, ages 5-11).
- All applicants are required to hold a UK undergraduate degree or a recognised equivalent qualification, normally with a degree classification of 2:2 or higher. For Secondary applicants this must be in, or closely related to, your proposed teaching subject. As a guideline we would expect to see at least 50% of your first degree relevant to the National Curriculum subject you intend to teach.
If you studied outside of the UK, you should visit the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A levels and an undergraduate degree.
All applicants should have passed, or have plans in place to pass, the Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy. Admission to the course is subject to a satisfactory medical report, as you are required to meet the standards for Fitness to Teach, and applicants must complete forms requesting an Enhanced Disclosure from the DBS.
You will pay tuition fees of £9000 to the University but if you are from the European Union you will be eligible for a student loan. If you are from the United Kingdom you can also apply for a means-tested maintenance grant and a maintenance loan.
Funding and Bursaries
You may be able to apply for a generous, tax-free funding, which are available to the best graduates training in a range of subjects. You could get a £26,000 bursary or be awarded a prestigious scholarship – which provides additional support and benefits throughout your training year. If you teach maths, you could get £30,000 – a £20,000 tax-free bursary while you train and a further £10,000 after tax once in teaching. With or without a bursary or scholarship, you could receive a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan to help fund your teacher training year. You can use the student finance calculator to estimate student loans and extra funding that may be available, for instance Parents’ Learning Allowance, Childcare Grants or Child Tax Credits.
We offer an intensive training year which demands your full-time commitment. Our rigorous interview and selection process will help us decide whether you should train with us, and also help you decide if teaching is the career for you.
This will focus on your subject knowledge together with your ability to engage and inspire.
This will give you an opportunity to observe a lesson.
You will be required to undertake a 10-minute presentation on "How to be an outstanding teacher".
This interview will be with the SCITT Director for Secondary applicants and with a Primary School representative for Primary applicants. The interview will evaluate your rationale for wanting to become a teacher and your suitability to carry out the role.
Applicants will undertake a 30-minute teaching activity. You will be asked to prepare a topic to present to the students. This will evaluate your ability to facilitate students' interaction with you and each other.
This will assess your literacy skills and your ability to process, synthesise and evaluate information.
This will assess your numeracy skills and your ability to process, synthesise and evaluate information.
Skills Being Tested
During the course of the day we are assessing a range of skills via different tasks. The skills being assessed through individual tasks are indicated in the table below. Each ‘x’ will be replaced by a score from 1-4 upon completion of each task (1 being the highest score). Scores will be examined as part of the decision making process and will be used to identify areas where candidates being offered a place on the programme may need additional support.
|Activity||Skills Being Tested|
|Time Management and Organisation||Interaction with Students||Subject Knowledge||Resilience and Flexibility||Articulacy||Core Skills|
|Subject Knowledge Interview||x||x|