Selection Criteria

Have you got evidence of:

2(ii) degree or above in a relevant subject?Yes
GCSEs in English Language and Mathematics at C/4 Grade or above?Yes
Normally Grade B at A Level in relevant subject or standard equivalent?Yes
Recent and relevant experience of working with young people (either in a secondary school or in the community)?If none, don't worry - we can help you gain this after interview.
Your competency in fundamental English and Maths?The Department for Education no longer requires students to sit the Professional Skills Tests in English and Maths before starting an ITT course. We will make an assessment of fundamental English and Mathematics knowledge and skills during our selection process.
Commitment to career in teaching?Yes
Effective communication skills?Yes
Excellent interpersonal skills?Yes
Ability to relate to and engage with young people?Yes
Strong subject knowledge?Yes. Don’t worry if you completed your degree a few years ago and feel that you need a refresher course in some subject areas. Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses are available to top up your subject knowledge (see below).
Knowledge of issues linked to secondary education?Yes
Ability to work effectively as part of a group?Yes
Leadership potential?Yes

If you can answer YES to these criteria, please get in touch

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE)

Don’t hold back from applying for teacher training due to your subject confidence – if necessary, you can top up your subject knowledge before you start your course with us and we can support you by directing you towards resources.

You can also complete an SKE courses which are available in Maths, Physics, Languages, Chemistry, Computing, Biology, Geography, English, RS and Design and Technology. Previously these have been fully funded by the Department for Education and we are expecting funding details for this year in November/December 2020.

We will work with you to identify your need for an SKE as part of our selection process, usually at interview. If we feel you need to enhance your knowledge, but have potential to be a great teacher, we’ll offer you a teacher training place on the condition that you complete an SKE course. See  for more details.

Length of courses

The length can vary from an eight-week refresher course to 28 weeks. We will work with you to decide the most appropriate course for you, which will depend on the required specialist knowledge you’ll need to teach the subject effectively.

Tax-free SKE bursary of up to £5,600

You could get a tax-free SKE bursary of £200 per week to support you throughout the course. Depending on the course length, in total you could receive a bursary of £5,600 for a 28-week course or £2,400 for a shorter course of 12 weeks.

Delivery of SKE courses

We strongly recommend that all SKE courses are completed before your teacher training commences. They are available to study full-time or part-time, classroom-based or on-line. TES Institute at  run several online courses. A full directory is available at

If you are looking at SKE in Modern Foreign Languages

You can now complete two SKE courses to refresh your main teaching language and to study another language. See for more details.