School Direct Application at Northern Lights TSA
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Apply through UCAS Teacher Training for postgraduate teacher training programmes in England and Wales, run by universities and colleges, or schools.
What you’ll need to include in your application
You can apply for teacher training programmes starting in 2019 now. • Make sure to set time aside to complete the application and it is a relatively lengthy process however you can save your application and come back to it • You must have both of your references complete before you submit your application, to speed up the process contact your referees earlier • You can only apply once in a cycle • You will need to submit a new application should you have applied in a previous cycle
Apply 1 is the first stage of the application process. In this time you can apply for up to three choices. When making an application to a School Direct choice, this will be directly to the school of your placement. School Direct generally works in a partnership of schools. After you submit your applications you will need to attend an interview as part of the application process. You should aim to be available for at least half the day and be aware of the 40 day ‘rejected by default’ deadline from submitting your application.
Apply 2 is another opportunity to submit an application if you are unsuccessful in the first round. This can be if you were not offered a place or if you declined any offers you did receive. Personal statement: You will need to write a personal statement in your application that is sent to all of your choices. You may write up to 47 lines of texts in your statement and should check the grammar, spelling and punctuation – it may be best to have someone else check it too. Make sure your statement is all your own work. Your statement should include things like: - Your reasons for wanting to teach - Details of education and experience relating to your chosen subject - Relevant skills and abilities
- Register to use apply – this section requires personal details such as your name, date of birth and address. You will use your email address as a username and create a password to get a Personal ID. You’ll need to accept the terms and conditions and agree to a declaration for UCAS and training providers to receive your application and data.
- Complete the rest of your personal details – nationality, residential status, disabilities, any criminal convictions and agree to a DBS check.
- National identity and ethnic origin – for UK applicants only. This information is not for selection but is used for data analysis.
- Choose your programmes – You can make up to 3 choices. Use Apply 2 to apply to an additional choice, should you be unsuccessful with your initial choices. Once you’ve paid and submitted your application you will not be able to add any more choices until you are eligible to use Apply 2.
- Education – Secondary requirement: GCSE English and Maths Grade C or above Primary requirement: GCSE English, Maths, Science Grade C or above Level 3: A Levels or any equivalent qualifications Degree qualification requirement: either a relevant degree discipline or any degree discipline and a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course or willingness to complete course Professional Skills tests requirement: Pass in Numeracy and Literacy tests.
- School and work experience – details of work history including any relevant school/classroom experience, age groups this involved and details (e.g. observation, teaching, assisting etc.). You should include any periods of time spend abroad, placements and observations. For ‘hours per week’ give an average weekly time spend in each establishment. For non-education related employment, try to include information that is relative to your application, such as transferrable skills.
- Personal statement – an opportunity to express your interest in teaching and to make your application stand out. You write one statement that goes to all of your choices so try not to make specific references about your choices.
- References – you must include names and contact details of two people providing a reference for you. You will be informed when your references have been received but you won’t be able to see them. Generally your referees have two weeks to reply with their reference statement.
- Pay and send – once your application is complete you must pay the application fee (online with a debit or credit card – if you do not have your own you may use someone else’s card but you must have permission to do so)
- Changes – Should you wish to change one or more of your choices you can do this only once and within seven days of submitting your application References should be someone you hold a professional relationship with, for example an employer or a tutor. References should be completed online and ensure that the email address provided will not generate an automatic response (e.g. HR Mailbox)