Applicant qualities

The White Rose Alliance looks for the following qualities in applicants for School Direct places:

  • Strong and committed work ethic
  • Passion for both learning and teaching
  • Excellent organisation and time management skills
  • Resilience to cope under pressure
  • Creativity
  • Self-motivated
  • Resourceful
  • Open to constructive criticism
  • Adaptable
  • Reflective approach
  • Sense of humour
  • Patient

Exact requirements do vary between courses. Please refer to the information given on UCAS. Our general requirements are:

  • Degree usually 2:2 or higher (at least 50% in the subject you wish to teach)
  • GCSE English and Maths Grade C or above
  • Applicants must pass the Department of Education´s Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy. If the tests have not been passed at the time of interview, this will become a condition of any offer that is made.
  • A good understanding of current issues in education
  • Relevant school context experience (ideally 10 days) in UK state secondary schools. If not already obtained at the time of interview, this will become a condition of any offer that is made.
  • Relevant experience of working with young people
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