What are we looking for?
Basic eligibility requirements for Teacher Training
Successful completion of initial teacher training in England results in the award of qualified teacher status (QTS).
The basic requirements for GCSE grades if you want to train to teach are:
- GCSE Level 4/grade C (or overseas equivalent) in Maths & English to teach secondary level
- GCSE Level 4/Grade C (or overseas equivalent) in Maths, English & Science to teach primary
If you have overseas equivalent qualifications, you should contact NARIC (www.naric.org.uk) to apply for a statement of comparability. If you don’t have the required GCSEs you should organise equivalency tests to gain the necessary qualifications or a part-time GCSE/Open Access course at your local further education college. You’ll need to cover the cost of any such course yourself.
You need to have a degree (or equivalent qualification) to train on a postgraduate initial teacher training course. For equivalent qualifications, you’ll need to confirm your qualification is equivalent to a degree – please refer to NARIC.
If your degree is from overseas refer to the overseas degree equivalency table - (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/overseas-degree-equivalency-table-and-methodology) to check the equivalent degree classification and the bursary your degree might attract. Eligibility is based on nationality and residency status. This will need to be confirmed by Student Finance. (https://www.gov.uk/contact-student-finance-england).
Skills and Qualities for Teaching
To become a good teacher you need:
- Proven ability to relate to pupils and their parents/carers. This could be from working in a school or in other contexts such as guides and scouts or coaching a sports team. This will develop your awareness of how to inspire and motivate your pupils and promote good working relationships with their parents/carers.
- Enthusiasm for the subjects you teach at secondary level. Show that you read up on this subject in your own time and are interested in the related current educational issues.
- A depth of knowledge in the subject/age range and relevant curriculum. Subject/age range knowledge and understanding enables teachers to know how to build good foundations for learning and set developmental expectations for their pupils.
- The ability to convey your knowledge to the students in an engaging and understandable way. Inspirational teachers develop excellent communication skills through their work with young people and can teach the curriculum in a variety of ways to students who have diverse learning styles.
- Confidence in your ability to teach and the capacity to be a good role model even when tired and under pressure.
- Great organisational skills as teachers are often balancing many demands including pupil's needs, lesson preparation, assessments and discipline matters.
- Dedication, commitment and resilience. Excellent teachers reflect on their experiences and adapt their approach, constantly learning and improving.
- The ability to deal with conflict and be patient and calm in sometimes stressful situations.
- Integrity, which enables pupils, colleagues and parents/carers to be able to trust you as a teacher.
- A good sense of humour.