Getting Ready Prior to Interview

Your personal statement

This is your opportunity to communicate with us why you want to become a teacher, what your skills and areas of expertise are and what qualities you have that make you well suited to this career.

Some things you may want to consider when writing your personal statement:

  • Why do you want to teach?
    • Your subject?
    • In a secondary school?
  • What are your educational values and beliefs?
  • What are the range of relevant abilities and skills you can bring to teaching?
  • Do you have evidence that you understand the rewards and challenges of teaching?
  • How have school observations informed your decision?
  • Ensure flawless spelling and grammar
  • You can use up to 4,000 characters or 47 lines of text

Qualification certificates

We will need to see your original Degree, A-Level and GCSE certificates. If you do not have these, you will need to contact the appropriate examination board for duplicates. If you do not have Maths and English GCSEs or a recognised equivalent, you will need to sit an equivalency test with Equivalency Testing. For more information, please visit the website: www.equivalencytesting.com (book this sooner rather than later).

Overseas Qualifications

These will need to be sent to NARIC who will complete a statement of comparability. This process can be lengthy, so apply now. For further information: www.naric.org.uk

Government Numeracy and Literacy Skills Tests

The government literacy and numeracy skills test have been scrapped for the 2020-21cohort onwards. When you come to interview, you will now sit a literacy and numeracy skills test with Teach SouthEast. These tests will help us access your current level of literacy and numeracy and help us establish how we can best support you before and during the Initial Teacher Training course. These tests will be just as rigorous as the previous government skills tests so we advise candidates to access the sample tests, exercise books and GCSE content in order to help you prepare.

School Experience Programme

It’s important to get some hands on experience observing in a secondary school to support your application. This will be beneficial when completing your UCAS personal statement and if you are called to interview, when you will be asked to teach. Read more about the School experience Programme

UCAS Referees

Before submitting your UCAS form, ensure you have primed your two referees. Referees can seriously delay your application