Entry Requirements

  • All applicants are required to hold a UK undergraduate degree, preferably a  2:1 or higher, although a 2.2 class of degree is considered if the applicant has a range of appropriate experiences to offer.  For secondary applicants the degree 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.
  • A GCSE grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics (and Science for Primary applicants).
  • Applicants should have passed, or have plans in place to pass, the Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy; please see the Professional Skills Tests section of the Department for Education web site for more information on the core skills required by trainee teachers
  • You will need to be able to evidence your ability to interact with young people, evidenced through prior work with children and recent experience undertaken in schools. We do not stipulate the amount of school experience you need but require some as essential. Experience for people offering shortage subjects (Maths, Physics, Chemistry, MFL, and Design Technology) can be arranged through the school experience programme in which John Taylor High School is participating. We would welcome your enquiry to participate in our programme. Log on to http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/school-experience/sep and look for the National Forest Teaching School

What we are looking for

Teaching is a demanding but rewarding profession that requires a range of skills and aptitudes. In addition to academic qualifications we are looking for:

  • A passion to teach and the ability to make a difference to the lives of young people
  • Excellent subject knowledge
  • Emotional resilience, commitment and determination
  • Reflective practitioners
  • Ability to work in a team