Popular with graduates, teacher training is very competitive. Let Prospects guide you through the application and interview process and how to write an outstanding personal statement...
Postgraduate teacher training applications in England, Scotland and Wales are usually made through UCAS Teacher Training (UCAS TT) for:
Before completing your application form you need to:
Check the UCAS TT website for guidance and application dates and aim to apply as early as possible.
For tips on writing your application, see Teacher Training: Application Form Assistant .
Applications for early years initial teacher training and post compulsory teacher training can be made directly with the institution or the employer depending on the route.
Applications through UCAS TT or direct to an institution include a personal statement. This is where you explain why you want to become a teacher and demonstrate your strengths, skills and suitability for teaching. The training providers all want to know similar information from you so take your time, be prepared to get feedback, and write a few drafts.
The UCAS TT personal statement has up to 4,000 characters or 47 lines of text with an introduction, main body and conclusion.
It's important to:
Before drafting your personal statement, think carefully about the things that teacher training providers will want to know, such as…
Take a look at our example personal statement.
Each personal statement should be unique and personal to you so it is not advisable to copy the example. All applications made through UCAS TT are put through a Similarity Detection Service. Instead, use the guidelines and the example and produce your own, personal version. Selectors want to get an insight into who you are and why you are suited to teaching.
Before being accepted onto a teacher training course, including early years initial teacher training, you will need to pass the numeracy and literacy skills tests. It is advisable to practice the skills tests before taking them. Your initial skills tests will be free, but you will be expected to pay for resits.
From December 1 2014 the skills tests will be administered by Learndirect, until then they will continue to be delivered by Pearson VUE. For more information see Professional Skills Tests for Trainee Teachers .
If you are successful with your application, the next step will be an interview. This will be within 40 working days of UCAS TT receiving your application and may last up to a day.
Preparation is the key to success as with any interview, so do your research and get up to date on the latest educational issues.
Make sure you:
The interview may include:
Interviewers will be looking for candidates who:
They will want to hear illustrations from your recent classroom experience, also remember that your hobbies, employment and work experience may provide good evidence of skills relevant to teaching.
Prepare answers to show what you would bring to the school, maybe classroom organisation, strong communication skills, knowledge of educational issues and responding to the different needs of pupils. Think about what you will contribute to the school, such as ideas which have worked, or a hobby which can add something such as the ability to sing and lead a choir.
Questions are likely to be around familiar themes, including:
Your relevant experience
For more interview advice see interview tips.
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