Have you got the academic qualifications?

1. GCSEs

  • GCSE English Language Grade C or above (or equivalent)
  • GCSE mathematics Grade C or above (or equivalent)
  • If you want to teach primary age children, GCSE science Grade C or above (or equivalent)

You need to have the GCSE qualifications before you apply. (Please note that Level 2 Adult Numeracy and Literacy are not accepted as equivalents)

Do you still need to obtain GSCEs?

If so contact your local college or complete a distance learning course such as those offered by Oxford Open Learning

2. Degree

A UK first degree (or equivalent)

  • Primary SCITT and Primary School Direct courses:
    • Honours Degree, normally 2.2 or better (or  equiv. 360 CAT points)
  • Secondary SCITT and Secondary School Direct courses:
    • First degree, normally 2.2 or better (or equiv.  360 CAT points). Usually at least 50% should be in the subject you wish to teach

If your qualifications were not gained in the UK, you can visit the National Academic Register Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are considered to be equivalent to UK GCSEs and degrees. Please note that the onus is on you to prove that your qualifications are equivalent and you must include a NARIC statement with your application verifying this.

Do you still need to obtain your degree?

Excellent subject knowledge is an important element of being a qualified teacher therefore:

  • We expect that applicants to Secondary SCITT or Secondary School Direct courses usually have at least 50% of their degree in the subject they wish to teach
  • If you wish to teach primary age children and have yet to start your degree, whilst a specialist subject is not required, consider taking one in Education, Early Childhood Studies, or a National Curriculum core subject – English, Mathematics or Science

We also expect good and accurate use of spoken and written English.

3. Professional Skills Tests

If you are thinking of applying for a teacher training course, you will need to take the numeracy and literacy skills tests as part of the application process, and ensure you have passed them before the start of the course.

The first attempt at taking your skills tests in each subject is provided free of charge. You can book up to two resits if required, but you will be expected to pay for these yourself.  If you are unsuccessful on the third attempt, you will be unable to proceed with your training and cannot re-sit the tests for 24 months.  For this reason, applicants are advised to use the online guidance and practice resources first before sitting the tests and may also like to attend our skills test preparation sessions prior to sitting.  We strongly advise applicants to contact Suffolk and Norfolk ITT before attempting tests for the second time in order to seek support and training first.

You can book your tests up to three months in advance for a date by which you are expecting to have submitted an application. When you take the tests you will need to provide proof that you have applied for a teacher training course. The tests are held at a Pearson Professional Test Centre (which also delivers Driving Theory tests, so you may be familiar with them already).

If any candidate is likely to experience difficulties taking a test and has needs that entitle them to reasonable adjustments, they can apply for special arrangements.

4. Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

The Disclosure and Barring Service has taken the place of the CRB check and it is a condition of all ITT courses that trainees must have a satisfactory enhanced DBS check before commencing training.  In the case of School Direct Salaried, the employing school will arrange this with trainees.  For those on student based courses, arrangements for completing DBS check applications will be explained as part of the selection and induction process.

5. Recent school experience

All Suffolk and Norfolk ITT programmes will require potential trainees to have some recent school experience.  They should have completed at least 10 working days in a UK school within the age range or phase for which they intend to train.  If possible, they should also seek to spend some time in schools or colleges which cater for the ages preceding or succeeding the relevant phase.

6. Work experience requirements for School Direct Salaried

Primary and Secondary Priority Subjects:
To be eligible for SDS, candidates will need to have had three or more years’ experience of work when applying.  This experience may be in any career and does not have to be in an educational setting. Schools will decide which skills and experiences are important to them and you should contact your chosen school or the SDS office with any questions regarding your experience.

Secondary High Priority Subjects (Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, and MFL):
The experience of work requirement does not apply to candidates seeking to train in these Secondary subjects.