Training to Teach FAQs

Training to Teach FAQs

What are the entry requirements?

Associate Teachers must have a UK undergraduate degree (or NARIC-verified equivalent) 2.2 or higher. 

For secondary applications this should be in a relevant subject with at least 50% content of the subject you wish to teach. 

All must have Grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and Maths with the same needed in Science for Primary. 

Associate Teachers may also have to pass Maths and English Equivalency tests, dependent on their qualifications.

Good standards of written and spoken English are also essential.

Do I need school experience?

It is recommended that you gain school experience to confirm if teaching is a career for you. Ideally this would happen prior to you applying, as it would support your application and give you reflective examples to talk about at the interview stage. You can gain experience through the School Experience Programme Portal

How do I develop my subject knowledge?

Not everyone feels confident in teaching every subject from the outset, for example, your degree might not be in your chosen subject but is closely related. As an Associate Teacher, you should identify parts of your subject knowledge you need to refresh or deepen. 

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses are available, with a bursary, for English, Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Computing, Biology, Geography and Design & Technology. 

We will also provide free access to our online learning platform which will tailor learning around your needs prior to you starting.

Your training sessions at School and University will also assist here, but you are also expected to fill in gaps in your subject knowledge autonomously in order to be confident and competent in teaching accurately.

See subject knowledge course providers.

What is the interview process?

Following a successful application that meets our entry criteria, an interview will be arranged by Co-op Academies Trust which could be in person within a trust setting, or via an on-line platform.

The interview will include the following elements:

  • A short pupil-based activity where we ask you to prepare a lesson walk through to discuss with the interview panel.
  • A hidden task revealed during the interview
  • A written task to assess your written communication skills
  • A formal interview with staff from Co-op Academies Trust
  • The interview panel may include a Professional mentor, Director of Curriculum, Head of Department or SLE. 

How do I become a Qualified Teacher?

The award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is given based on how well you have met each of the Teacher Standards. Evidence gathered to substantiate each of the standards comes from all assignments, teaching files, reflections and observations completed during your training. This qualifies you to teach in the UK or abroad.

How am I assessed?

Your teaching will be observed weekly by your school-based mentor. During each placement you will also have at least one joint observation with your professional mentor and one joint observation with the programme Lead. These are the people who will be available to support and mentor you throughout your training.

Throughout each placement you will complete interim and final reviews alongside your mentor to report on your progress against the core development areas.

For the PGCE element of this programme, you will attend 8 days of training at The University of Manchester and have full access to all facilities. The programme comprises four course units, and an ethical approval process in preparation for conducting an enquiry. Each course unit is worth 15 credits, giving a total of 60 credits at postgraduate Master’s level. 

The course unit titles are as follows: 

  •  Reflecting on Practice
  •  Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  •  Enquiry Based Practice 1
  •  Enquiry Based Practice 2