Teacher Training FAQ’s

Teacher Training FAQ’s

What criteria do I need to become a teacher?
- We are looking for people that can use their experiences to change the futures of our students.
– Talented individuals with a passion for their subject who can become part of our team, yet have the motivation to work effectively independently.
– Someone who is reflective and will be pro-active in their journey to becoming an outstanding practitioner
– Individuals who are adaptable, resilient and are able to manage their priorities effectively
– Someone who is pro-active and has a genuine work ethic
– Inspirational leaders who have a real understanding of current educational issues.
– Engaging, creative and motivational individuals that want a career, not just a job.

What about qualifications?

Secondary Primary
A minimum qualification Degree 2:2 or above with at least 50% relevance to the subject you wish to teach· GCSE C or above in Maths and English· For overseas candidates, proven NARIC equivalence of Degree and English and Maths.  A minimum of 10 days relevance Secondary classroom experience. Passing of the QTS skills tests in both English and Maths. To register go to http://sta.education.gov.uk/  A minimum qualification Degree 2:2 or above with at least 50% relevance to the subject you wish to teach· GCSE C or above in Maths, English and Science· For overseas candidates, proven NARIC equivalence of Degree and English and Maths· A minimum of 10 days relevance Primary classroom experience. Passing of the QTS skills tests in both English and Maths.  To register go to http://sta.education.gov.uk/


I have got a relevant degree but I missed out on my GCSE’s, what can I do?
We accept applications from candidates who don’t have the GCSE requirements and if they interview successfully the offer that is made will be under the condition that the GCSE exam is taken and passed prior to the September start.
We can help you pass your GCSE exams with our adult tuition sessions that are held across our campus sites.

My degree isn’t in the subject I want to teach, what can I do?
We are able to offer SKE (subject Knowledge Enhancement) courses through TES Institute.
Every individual case is different and we would need to meet with you to discuss your options.
Please contact pbscitt@pb-theacademy.co.uk if this is your situation.

I have the degree and the GCSE’s but no experience. How can I get this?
We can help you with your school experience. If you are interested in teaching Maths, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, DT, French, Geography please register for the SEP here, once registered you can then search for our next SEP block days.
http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/school-experience/sep
For any other subjects including Primary, or if you need to arrange alternative dates please contact pbscitt@pb-theacademy.co.uk

When do I need to register for the skills tests?
You can register for the skills tests after you have made your UCAS application. There is a test in English and a test in Maths and both MUST be passed before you begin your training in September. Tests are taken at Learn Direct centres across the UK.
We would advise that you book them as soon as your application is complete as we are aware that the test slots are filling up very quickly and there may be up to a two month waiting list.
You can register for the tests and find out more details here: http://sta.education.gov.uk/

How long does the training take?
The training will take 1 academic year and is a full time course. Within that year you will spend the majority of your time at your main placement school but you will also be required to attend a 6 week second school placement and there will also be days at University as well as twilight sessions.

What qualification do I get at the end of my training year?
All successful trainees will get a PGCE at the end of their training year.
Please note for any trainee applying for the salaried route there is an additional cost of £1000 for the PGCE which is a compulsory part of our programme. This is payable prior to the start of the course.

What will happen at the end of my training year?
Once you have passed your training year what you choose to do next is up to you. You are able to apply for NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher) posts at any schools you wish. At Perry Beeches we have a very high retention rate for keeping our staff.
We grow our own staff at PB so there may be an option for you to stay with PB and complete your NQT year employed as a member of staff with us.
Following the NQT year you will move onto become a fully qualified member of staff and may be given the opportunity to enroll onto our MA Education programme which is currently partially funded.
At Perry Beeches we believe in lifelong learning.