Here are application tips to help you along you when applying to become a teacher. If you have questions just get in touch or contact one of our advisors on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Top tip # 1 – Tell us about relevant classroom experience
When we read your application we like to see that you have had previous experience in a classroom and understand why this has helped your decision to train to become a teacher. What skills did you gain from this experience? What particularly inspired you?
Top tip # 2 – Make sure your application reads well
Make sure your application flows well and is easy to read. Get the grammar and punctuation correct. Try to avoid italics, underlining or bold. Keep re-drafting it until you are sure it is perfect.
Top tip # 3 – Demonstrate out-of-school experience of working with young people
If you have worked with young people, even if it is outside of the classroom environment, this can go a long way to show that teaching is the right path for you. Let us know about any youth sports clubs, after-school clubs, or summer camps that you have been involved in.
Top tip # 4 – Tell us about other skills that you have that you can bring to teaching
You may be a fantastic communicator, organiser or people manager. Whatever skills you feel you have developed throughout your life so far, we want to hear about it. Demonstrate how these will help you in your teaching career. If you’ve worked in places other than schools, highlight this. It all contributes positively to your application.
Top tip # 5 – Select your references carefully
Make sure you take the time to consider who would be the most appropriate people to support your application. You must not use family or friends as referees.
- Do you know what teaching is all about?
It is important to demonstrate your commitment to a teaching career and you can only do this if you are familiar with the classroom environment and have seen what a teacher does. You must be realistic and show your appreciation of the demanding nature of the job as well as its many rewards.
- Have you chosen your route and provider carefully?
There are many exciting options for teaching training and it is important that you know exactly what you are applying to. Look at the Entry Profiles for Educate Teacher Training on UCAS and check out our website so that you know our course is for you.
- Do you meet the Entry Requirements (or will you have done by the time your course starts)?
Trainees can only begin the programme if they meet the Entry Requirements for teacher training in full. Educate consider those with ‘pending’ qualifications but you must have been awarded your degree, GCSE English, Maths (and Science for Primary trainees) at Grade C or above and passed the Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy before you can begin.
- Are you ready to use the UCAS system of application?
All teacher training is through the UCAS application system. Follow their application advice and make sure you are fully prepared for when application opens at the end of October.
- Have you confirmed where your two references will come from?
It is a good idea to have confirmed who your referees are and made them aware they will be approached by UCAS; your application will not go through until both references have been supplied.
- What needs to go in your Personal Statement?
Your Personal Statement is of the utmost importance. You will probably be applying to more than one provider and we appreciate that your statement will contain generic statements about your desire and capacity to teach. It is wise to check the specific requirements of providers, however, and tailor your statement to these. Educate stipulate ‘What we are looking for’ on our UCAS Entry Profile.
- What else should you mention in your Personal Statement?
Educate want to know, in particular, that you have some idea of what the teaching role entails (through some experience in school and/or other activity with children and young people), that you have some understanding of basic educational terminology and main National initiatives, that you can show how skills from previous experiences are relevant to a teaching career and that you have thought about your key strengths and areas for improvement in relation to teaching the curriculum effectively.
- Have you reflected on the personal characteristics you need to demonstrate?
We will need to be confident (from what you and your referees say) that you possess the essential traits of a successful trainee teacher. Our ‘What we are looking for’ statement outlines these, but we want to be sure that you are sociable, determined, reflective and committed, that you have a strong work ethic, can collaborate as part of a team and have an approachable personality.
- Does your application demonstrate meticulous use of written English?
It is essential that your whole application is correct in terms of spelling, punctuation, grammar and fluency of expression. Check for any mistakes (however small) and ask someone to proof read your written statements.
- What happens next?
Educate acknowledge receipt of your application. If your application is unsuccessful, you will be notified by UCAS. If your application is taken forward, Educate will invite you to an interview. We look forward to receiving your application!