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Primary School Direct Entry Requirements

The Sheffield Teaching School Alliance is looking for candidates who have the potential to be an outstanding teacher with a passion for your subject, to have sound subject knowledge and an understanding of educational context in the U.K.

We also welcome applications that can demonstrate: good written English, resilience, enthusiasm, confidence, the ability to be reflective and emotional intelligence. We expect you to be aware of the professionalism required to teach and demonstrate your empathy and understanding when considering how a child develops.

Our minimum entry requirements are:

  • A UK honours degree preferably at classification 2:2 or above or a recognised equivalent qualification in a relevant subject area.
  • GCSE English, Maths and Science at Grade C/4 or above or equivalent - you must have these at the time of applying.
  • You must also successfully complete pre-entry skills tests in numeracy and literacy.
  • Candidates who are successful will demonstrate a sound understanding of teaching and
    how children learn, where possible within a school setting. We encourage all candidates
    to evidence their understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings. Demonstrating an ability to make links
    between experience and knowledge, and their proposed career would be desirable.

 

Details of acceptable GCSE equivalency for primary and secondary:

GCSE mathematics and English equivalents are:

GCSE science equivalents are:

  • 12 Level 2 credits from an Access course.
  • Science equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk
  • OCR National Level 2 Science.
  • BTEC National Level 2 Science, Applied Science or Medical Science.

 

Numeracy and literacy skills test

All applicants are required to have passed the national numeracy and literacy skills test before starting teacher training. These tests cover core skills teachers need to fulfil their professional role, rather than the subject knowledge required for teaching. This is to ensure that all teachers are competent in numeracy and literacy, regardless of their subject specialism.

Practise tests and books to support the tests are available. The skills tests are electronic and can be taken in any of the test centres in the UK.