How to Apply

All applications should be made via the UCAS teacher training online application portal at To find us on UCAS, please click on “Search for courses” and search for ‘Gateway Alliance (Midlands)‘ c/o lead school Claverdon Primary School.

Recruitment to our School Direct Programme starting in 2018 is now CLOSED.

The UCAS application portal usually opens in October each year. As soon as we have more information about recruitment for programmes starting in 2019, we will publish it here.

Our Recruitment and Selection Process

The Gateway Alliance will be leading the recruitment process working in partnership with the University of Warwick.


A panel comprising of headteachers and senior leaders from Gateway schools will short-list the applications on behalf of the partner schools.
Please note: All candidates must meet the entry requirements and have prior experience (paid or voluntary) within schools. Where candidates are from overseas please contact the University of Warwick or NARIC to check equivalency of qualifications. Those candidates who have already completed their skills tests will be considered positively. Where there are gaps within work history then this may delay your application as further checks may have to take place.


All short-listed candidates will be invited to attend an assessment morning.
At the assessment morning you will undertake two written tests, one for English and one for Maths.  These assessments will be used as a diagnostic tool to give us further information regarding your Mathematical and Literary skills.  Candidates will need to demonstrate an appropriate level of skill in both tests in order to proceed to the next stage of the selection process.

English Assessment…

You will be asked to demonstrate appropriate reading and writing skills. These are two skills which will enable you to engage with the critical analyses necessary to complete the course assignments at an appropriate postgraduate level.

Mathematics Assessment…

You will be asked to complete a range of simple calculations. We strongly recommend that you revise your subject knowledge in basic numeracy skills and we suggest you practise the work expected of Key Stage 2 children by looking at the Primary Frameworks for Literacy and Mathematics. This sets out the mathematical competencies that children should achieve at the end of key stage 2.

These assessments are separate from the ‘Professional Skills Tests‘ that will also need to be completed successfully prior to commencing the course.


Candidates who have successfully passed the written assessments will be invited to a school based interview. This will involve the following:

  • 15 minute observed teaching task
  • Group discussion activity
  • Panel interview

More information will be given prior to interview.

Professional Skills Tests

You have to pass the ‘Professional Skills Tests‘ in numeracy and literacy before you begin your teacher training – the key to successfully passing is plenty of preparation and practice. You can register to undertake the skills tests at any point after you have submitted your application and they are valid for 3 years. You have three attempts to pass each test, and your first attempt at each test is free of charge. If you don’t pass within three attempts, you will need to wait 24 months before you can book any further tests – this would mean starting the teacher training application process again, so make sure you allow plenty of time to revise.

For more advice regarding preparing for the skills tests click here.