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How to apply

Applications to train with us in 2019/20 can be made through the UCAS website from Tuesday, October 9 2018.

Entry requirements

GCSE requirement

You will need to demonstrate:

  • A standard equivalent to a GCSE grade C / grade 4 in mathematics and English to teach at secondary level;
  • A standard equivalent to a GCSE grade C / grade 4 in mathematics, English, and a science subject to teach at primary level.

Degree requirement 

All trainee teachers need to have completed a degree in order to obtain qualified teacher status. We require applicants to have achieved a degree at 2:1 or above.  

For secondary applicants this should be in, or closely related to, your proposed teaching subject. As a guideline we would normally expect that at least 50% of your degree is relevant to the National Curriculum subject you intend to teach. For primary applicants, the degree does not need to be subject specific.

If you are interested in applying but your degree does not meet our minimum entry requirements, please contact us so we can discuss your individual circumstances further.

Professional Skills test

You have to pass the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy before you begin your teacher training. There is no limit to the number of times you can take the test, but only your first three attempts are free of charge. If you do not pass within these three attempts you will have to pay for any subsequent tests, so make sure you give yourself enough time to revise.

All tests are booked through Learndirect who have test centres across the country.

Salaried route

To qualify for the salaried teacher training route, you will typically have at least three years' experience working with children, be that in a school or a social working environment in addition to meeting the above entry requirements. 

International qualifications

If you achieved your qualifications outside of the UK, please visit the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) website  to find out whether your qualification is equivalent to UK GCSEs and degrees. You will need to evidence this by providing a NARIC Statement of Comparability with your application. 

Selection day

If your application is shortlisted you will be invited to a selection day which will be held in one of our partnership schools. You will spend the day with mentors and with students, taking part in tasks including delivering a presentation, observing and analysing a lesson, and completing an interview. 

The day will give you an insight into what it will be like to work in one of our schools, along with the opportunity to ask questions and meet members of our teaching team.

Researchers In Schools

Inspiration Teacher Training is a training partner for Researchers In Schools, a unique three-year teacher development programme specifically designed for PhD graduates. As well as school-based training to become a qualified teacher, you’ll receive ongoing professional development to help you make the most of your research expertise in the classroom. 

PhD graduates wishing to follow the Researchers In Schools route to train in secondary maths, physics, or chemistry should apply for their place via the Researchers In Schools website, where you will also find more information about the programme.