Entry Requirements and Selection Process

Entry Requirements

You should be a graduate, preferably with a 1st or a 2:1, though we are willing to consider strong applicants with a 2:2 who can demonstrate an aptitude for teaching. You should have a degree in which at least 50% of the content is the subject you want to teach. You must also have GCSE in Mathematics and English Language Grade C/4 (or equivalent) or above.

What are we looking for?

We are looking to recruit and develop trainees who will become outstanding teachers and are able to raise the expectations of children and their families within these communities, thereby improving lifelong opportunities for them.

As a National Teaching School, we are committed to spotting talent for future leadership roles and we promote succession planning to ensure progression opportunities. This starts during the recruitment process, continues throughout our School Direct Training Programme and on into employment.

How we select

St John Bosco Teaching School is the lead school in the partnership and co-ordinates the recruitment process.

The process is usually conducted at the school and includes:

  • Teaching a 20 minute observed lesson to a group of our students;
  • A short written test for literacy;
  • The opportunity to talk to some staff and students;
  • A 5 minute presentation on “My Inspiration to Teach”
  • Small panel interview.

You will be told in advance about the content of the lesson and the age group you will be teaching. Our University partner, Liverpool Hope University, will be involved throughout and will have an equal say in the selection. If your placement is at another school in the partnership, staff from that school may also be involved. It is a rigorous and thorough process, designed to get the best match of applicant to the places available and to further strengthen the teaching profession. We also believe that this is a two-way process, allowing candidates the chance to confirm that teaching is the right career path for them.