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Applying for a place to train

To apply a place on one of The Royal Borough Teaching School Alliance’s School Direct training programmes you should:

  • Visit www.ucas.com/ucas/teacher-training
  • Click on the ‘Apply and Track’ tab, which is underneath the ‘Teacher Training’ tab.
  • Click ‘start your application’.

You Will Need:
Our provider code: 150

Information for the following sections:

  • Contact details;
  • Relevant qualifications (including a breakdown of your degree topics);
  • Personal statement (details below);
  • School/Work experience.

Two referees’ details

  • Someone who can offer a professional reference. This should be someone who can comment on your character and suitability as a teacher. If you are applying for a salaried position, your professional reference will need to be from your current or most recent employer.
  • Someone who can offer an academic reference. This could be a current or recent tutor. If you have not been to university in the last 5 years, you may prefer to use a second professional referee.

Register

  • Go to the application home page and verify your email address.
  • The left-hand menu shows each section of the application and its status.
  • You must complete every section before submitting an application, so leave plenty of time.

Application

  • Go to the application home page and verify your email address.
  • The left-hand menu shows each section of the application and its status.

You must complete every section before submitting an application, so leave plenty of time.

In ‘Further Details’ > ‘Area of permanent residence’,

London is separated into boroughs, there is no option for ‘London’. Do not choose ‘City of London’ unless this is the specific borough in which you live.

In ‘Further Details’ > ‘Who will pay your fees?’:

Non-salaried applying to Student Finance:
02 – UK student finance services.
Non-salaried self-funding the course:
01 – Private finance.

Salaried:
90 – Other source.

01 Private finance
02 UK, Chl, IoM or EU student finance services
04 Research councils
05 DH/Regional Health
06 UK Govt international award
07 Training agency
08 Other UK Govt award
09 International agency
10 UK Industry/commerce
90 Other source
99 Not known

Adding Choices:
Search for The Royal Borough Teaching School Alliance by provider code 150 Programmes are listed alphabetically. Check whether or not you are applying for the salaried or non-salaried programme (salaried will be specified in brackets next to the subject).

Education:
When submitting details of your qualifications, please include details of NARIC if you have an overseas qualification and have already obtained a Statement of Comparability.

If you are retaking a GCSE, select ‘pending’ when you are asked for your grade.

If you need to take an equivalence test, tick the box which presents you with this option.

If you have a breakdown of your degree topics, you will need this to hand. Please fill in as much detail as possible. If your degree was subject-related we can see in what component you have the most secure subject knowledge. If you do not remember, check with your university or fill in the topics you know you completed.

School/Work Experience:
Include all work experience, whether or not this was in an educational context; this is especially important for salaried trainees who should have three years or more of work experience to be eligible.

Personal Statement
What to include:
It is essential that you make your reason(s) for wanting to teach clear. You should provide

  • some evidence that you understand the rewards and challenges of teaching.
  • details of your previous education and how you have benefitted from it.
  • any other work with young people, such as helping with a youth club, working at a summer camp or running a sports team.
  • the range of relevant abilities and skills you can bring to teaching, for example, practical experience, managing people, working with or leading a team, and communication skills.
  • whether you have any experience of being in a school.

How to write your Personal Statement:
You can use up to 4,000 characters or 47 lines of text (including spaces) – whichever comes first. Some word processing packages calculate character and line counts differently from the UCAS Teacher Training system, so you might need to redraft your statement if there is a discrepancy between the counts. Write in English and avoid italics, bold or underlining. Get the grammar and punctuation right and redraft your statement until you are happy with it. It is a good idea to write your personal statement in a word processor first, then copy and paste it into your application.

Submit your application
Once you have received both of your references, you will have your last chance to change any of your choices and then you need to pay and submit. Proofread your whole application again – spelling errors and mistyping contact details are common mistakes which can be easily rectified.

It is strongly recommended that you use the option in the left hand menu to ‘print form’ – when submitting, be sure to print a copy of your application in case of technical issues.

If your application is successful we will contact you directly and invite you to attend an interview. Your interview day will include a tour of the school, an opportunity to see some teaching; you will be required to teach a short lesson on a topic provided or interact with a number of students; undertake a written task; complete an interview.

The interview day
The interview will take up to a day and include will include a tour of the school, an opportunity to see some teaching; you will be required to teach a short lesson on a topic provided or interact with a number of students; undertake a written task; complete an interview.

After the interview day, an offer is made or you are given feedback on why you were unsuccessful. If you accept the conditional offer, you will complete at least two weeks of in-school experience in preparation for the training (e-Qualitas provides pre-training activities), during which time an e-Qualitas tutor visits you at the school to work out the individualised plan for your training. The place is confirmed once you have met all the conditions of offer, which include passing the skills tests.

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