Teaching isn't a one-size fits all career - all sorts of people can become great teachers. Whether you are an undergraduate, recent graduate, current teaching support staff, or interested in changing careers, we are looking to recruit applicants for both primary and secondary phases who have the potential to become excellent teachers and are committed to developing professional expertise that will make a difference to the lives of children.

We asked teachers in our West London schools what personal qualities are most important for a successful career in teaching. This is what they said…

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At Teach West London we are looking for applicants who demonstrate:

  • Qualities and skills for suitability to train to teach
  • Strong fundamental skills in English and Maths
  • Effective communication skills
  • High quality organisational skills
  • High professional standards and an understanding of the requirement to uphold public trust in the profession
  • Willingness to learn through being reflective and engage in development opportunities
  • An understanding of the need and importance to safeguard children
  • Awareness of having high expectations of children in terms of behaviour and achievement
  • Ability to motivate children
  • Willingness to work as part of a team and play a part in the wider life of a school
  • Respect and tolerance for others’ actions and beliefs
  • Willingness to uphold fundamental British values

This can be exhibited in different ways:

  • Specialist subject knowledge (secondary applicants)
  • Ability to communicate about learning
  • Ability to reflect on your experiences of working with children
  • Knowledge of current educational issues or school curriculum

 

Qualifications

Undergraduate degree

If you’re applying for Initial Teacher Training (ITT) you must have an undergraduate degree (or equivalent).

  • For QTS only ideally with a 1st, 2:1 or 2:2*
  • For QTS & PGCE you must have a 1st, 2:1 or 2:2

*Teach West London may be willing to consider applicants who have a 3rd in their degree for the QTS only pathway, this will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Proof of certificates for UK and international qualifications will be required.

For secondary courses, your undergraduate degree should be in, or closely related to the subject that you are applying to train to teach in. (As a general rule, at least 50% of your undergraduate degree should relate to the teaching subject that you are applying to train to teach in).

If this is not the case, you may be required to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course prior to starting the course in September. This will be determined by your existing subject knowledge.

SKE’s are only available for some secondary subjects. If an SKE is a requirement, it is usually funded by the DfE, however the SKE bursary is only available to non-UK applicants who are undertaking a tuition fee-based ITT course.

GCSEs

All applicants must have at least:

  • Grade 4/C (or equivalent) in GCSE Maths
  • Grace 4/C (or equivalent) in GCSE English
  • For primary courses, a grade 4/C (or equivalent) in a GCSE Science subject

If you do not have the required GCSEs, you can still apply. However, you will need to complete an equivalence test. At the time of submitting your application, please contact Teach West London for personalised advice.

International qualifications

If you have an international qualification for your GCSEs or undergraduate degree, you are required to obtain a statement of comparability via UK ENIC Home Page (enic.org.uk). You will be required to submit the original certificates and are responsible for paying the required fees.

We recommend that you obtain this prior to submitting your application.. See International applicants below for more information.

School Experience

Although it is not essential, it is desirable for applicants to have had some experience (including lesson observations) in a primary or secondary school by the time that the training course begins.

For salaried courses, 3 years of work history (some of which ideally relates to the education sector), is highly desirable. Further experience of working with children, for example helping with a youth club or sports team is beneficial to your application.

I have not got an undergraduate degree. Can I still apply?

No, all applicants must hold a UK degree (or equivalent). Please note if you are currently studying towards an undergraduate degree, you must have completed the course prior to beginning the Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme.

I do not have the relevant GCSEs, can I still apply?

Yes, you can still submit an application, however, your offer to our ITT programme will be made on the condition that you pass the relevant equivalence test before the programme begins.

I do not have GCSEs, but I have level 2 functional skills, is this the same as a GCSE?

No, the breadth of study for functional skills is not the same as a GCSE. Applicants with functional skills will need to complete an equivalence test.

What is an equivalence test?

An equivalence test allows you to acquire a certification that is equivalent to the GCSEs. This will be done through one of our preferred equivalence test provider.

If you’d like more information on our preferred providers, please email us at [email protected].

I have lost my GCSE certificate, what should I do?

First, contact your Secondary School. After you have submitted your ITT application, they will need to email proof of your GCSE results directly to [email protected] (must be directly from the school, not via your email) and cc you in.

Then, contact your GCSE Exam Boards to obtain replacement certificates. There will be a fee that you have to pay for this.

Ready to Apply?

If you are ready to begin your ITT application process, select the How to Apply button below.

How to Apply

The guide below provides some useful information and tips for international applicants.

We welcome international applicants and believe diversity of experience and culture enriches pupil learning.

Entry requirements for international applicants

To train to teach in England, you will need:

  • A visa or immigration status allowing you to study (or work, for salaried courses) in the UK.
  • a bachelor’s degree (this can be from a university outside the UK)
  • an English language qualification which is the same standard as a grade 4 General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)
  • a maths qualification which is the same standard as a grade 4 GCSE
  • if teaching children aged 3 to 11 in primary school, a physics, chemistry or biology (science) qualification which is the same standard as a grade 4 GCSE

A GCSE is an academic qualification awarded for exams in England, usually taken at age 16.

You will also need:

  • a ‘statement of comparability’ which proves that your school and university qualifications are the same standard as UK GCSEs and a UK undergraduate degree. You will be required to submit the original certificates and are responsible for paying the required fees (approx. £50). We recommend that you obtain this prior to submitting your application, however they can be obtained afterwards.

Please note: If your qualifications are not considered to be equivalent, you will be required to sit an equivalency test with one of three providers:

All trainees will also need to:

  • have the health and physical capacity to train to teach
  • undergo safeguarding and criminal record checks

Fees and funding

Fees for International applicants:

QTS only: £13,500
or
QTS + PGCE: £14,500

You can find out more about fees and financial support for non-UK trainee teachers.

Although it is not essential, it is desirable for applicants to have had some experience (including lesson observations) in a primary or secondary school by the time that the training course begins.

For salaried courses, some relevant work experience at the time of applying is highly desirable. Further experience of working with children, for example helping with a youth club or sports team is beneficial to your application.

Do you want to gain more experience before you apply to Teach West London teacher training programmes?

A Graduate Teaching Assistant and Academic Mentor role is perfect for aspiring teachers – gain experience, whilst earning a salary. 

These roles offer:

  • Opportunity for a one-to-one meeting with a member of Teach West London’s initial teacher training team to offer you bespoke career support.
  • Opportunity to work in KS3 and KS4 classrooms to provide you with a range of experience.
  • Opportunity to work closely with the subject you aspire to train to teach in, allowing you to develop the necessary subject knowledge and familiarity with subject’s pedagogical approaches.

Click here to register your interest in Graduate Teaching Assistant and Academic Mentor roles at Twyford CofE Academies Trust starting in September 2024.

Twyford CofE Academies Trust offer roles as Graduate Teaching Assistants and Academic Mentors, Peripatetic Music Teachers and Sports Technicians for graduates wishing to gain additional experience before applying to one of Teach West London's Initial Teacher Training programmes.  

We'll be in touch when a vacancy becomes available.

If you have any questions about pursuing a career in teaching or would like to know more about our programme, please register your interest to receive more details or email [email protected] or call Teach West London on 020 3301 3180.

If you are ready to begin your ITT application process, select the How to Apply button below.

How to Apply