How to Apply

All applications should be made via the UCAS teacher training online application portal at www.ucas.com/ucas/teacher-training. To find us on UCAS, please click on “Search for courses” and search for ‘Gateway Alliance (Midlands)‘ c/o lead school Claverdon Primary School. Our provider code is 23E.

The UCAS application portal opens on Tuesday 9th October for applications for teacher training places starting in September 2019.

Our Recruitment and Selection Process

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

Short-Listing

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.

Interviews

All shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend 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.

For more advice about applying for teacher training visit the Get into Teaching website.