How to apply
Before we take you through how to apply you need to think about the different routes into teaching and your options
There is a lot of information about the different routes into teaching- salaried, School Direct, SCITT, PGCE which can be somewhat confusing and make it difficult to decide how to apply
Basically there are 2 different options in terms of how places are funded
Salaried places – where trainees are paid while they train and their tuition fees are paid for them. Only applicants with at least 3 years paid work experience are eligible to apply for a salaried place salaried places are School Direct so you have to apply through the lead school who has been allocated the places. All our salaried places are through Lyons Hall Primary and Secondary Partnership.
Non-salaried (sometimes called tuition fee funded places) – where trainees pay their tuition fee – for our programme this is £8600 and can be up to £9000 with other providers. Most trainees are eligible for student finance and get a student loan to pay for their fees (see finance section).
For 2017-18 all applications need to be made through UCAS Teacher Training www.ucas.com/apply/teacher-training
The application portal is due to open on the 18th October 2016.
The UCAS Teacher Training search tool for 2017 entry allows you to search for your choice of teacher training provider.
To apply to us through UCAS you can search for us directly as Essex Primary SCITT (non-salaried places only) or you can apply to us for a School Direct place through 2 of our lead schools:
Lyons Hall Primary and Secondary Partnership– for salaried and non-salaried places
Felsted Primary School – non-salaried places only
Prior to starting their training all entrants to primary teacher training must have:
- An honours degree from a UK Higher Education Institution; equivalent overseas qualification or a qualification recognised as equivalent to a degree. (EPS adheres to the Government recommendation that the degree should be 2:2 or above)
- GCSE or GCE English, maths and science at grade C or above (or equivalent)
- Passed the professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy. Practice tests are available on the Department for Education website www.
Candidates apply for salaried places must have a minimum of 3 years paid work experience.
Entrants with qualifications from outside the UK must provide an equivalency statement from NARIC (National Academic Recognition Information Centre). Further details can be found at www.naric.org.uk Tel: 01242260010
If you do not hold a GCSE in English, maths or science at grade C or above or equivalent you can apply to take an equivalency test. We accept equivalency tests from:
A* Star Teachers www.astarteachers.co.uk
Equivalency Testing www.equivalencytesting.co.uk
We also look for candidates to have:
- A minimum of 2 weeks recent experience with primary aged children in an educational environment
- An ability to communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English
Pre-entry skills tests
Anyone applying for an initial teacher training (ITT) course is required to have passed the skills tests in numeracy and literacy before the start of the course.
To register for your Skills Tests you will need to register with learndirect https://www.skillstestbooking.com/sta-web/registration?execution=e1s1.
For further information please visit http://www.education.gov.uk/
Skills tests candidates receive their first attempt at each test free of charge but will be charged for resits. The charge will be £19.25 for each resit with the charge being levied at the time of booking the test on-line. Please note – a skills test pass is only valid for 3 years.
Practice tests All candidates are encouraged to use the practice material available on the DfE website, www.education.gov.uk. The practice material includes interactive tests which will help candidates to decide if they are ready to take the test or need to improve their skills further before booking a test. There is also a new (free) support website for the Numeracy Skills Test: www.numeracyskillstest.co.uk
Special arrangements for skills tests Some candidates may be eligible for special arrangements to be made when taking their skills tests particularly if they have hearing impairment, visual impairment, physical disabilities, dyslexia and EAL. Please contact the special arrangements advisors on the skills tests helpline to ensure you get the correct arrangements.
You can find out more general information about applying for teacher training via the Department for Education website www.education.gov.uk/get-ito-teaching
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