How To Apply

Making an application

  • The application cycle for teacher training in September 2021 opens on 13th October 2020.
  • All applications must be made through the UCAS website using their 'Apply' system. 
  • Our Partnership UCAS code is 1OS (please note that our code contains the letter 'O', not zero).
  • The list of teacher training programmes that we offer is available to view on Our Programmes page and will also be displayed on the site - Find Teacher Training Programmes.
  • In the 'Find courses by location or by training provider' option, it is easiest to find us by entering our Partnership name - Essex School Direct.
  • It is highly recommended that applicants contact us for an initial, informal conversation or visit to ensure that this route is the right one for them.

School Experience

Having some school experience prior to, or during the process of your application, is always useful. However, please note that having no school experience will NOT preclude you from applying. 

Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS)

An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) is required for entry to Initial Teacher Training. We ask applicants to confirm that they agree to a check by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Entry requirements

  • To qualify for this school-centred route, you MUST have English and Maths GCSE (or equivalent) at Grade 4/C or above and a degree preferably in the subject you want to teach. (Primary candidates must also have a Grade 4/C in GCSE Science.) 
  • If you have a degree that is not directly relevant to the subject that you want to teach do not be put off! Every year we successfully train people to become outstanding teachers with a wide variety of degrees – we do this using the Subject Knowledge Enhancement SKE) courses provided by Tes.
  • You must have two references from professional sources.
  • If you cannot evidence your GCSEs or degree by way of a certificate, you must find or re-order them asap. Entry to the teaching profession will not be permitted without them, and we may not be able to interview you until we see them.
  • If you hold overseas qualifications, we will need to see your NARIC statement of equivalence for both your degree and your Maths and English GCSE equivalent exams. You are advised to order this before you apply - contact UK NARIC.

Read more about eligibility here

Literacy and Numeracy competency tests

People entering the teaching profession are no longer required to sit the professional skills tests for Maths and English, which were proving a barrier for many.

However, we still require a high level of competency in both Maths and English language from all of our trainees, as you would expect for anyone entering a profession such as teaching.

When you attend interview, you will be asked to sit a 30 min Maths and a 40-minute English competency test. The Maths test covers functional skills such as fractions, decimals and percentages, reading from graphs and charts and interpreting data. The English test requires the interviewee to produce a written passage on a topic given on the day, plus a short test of spelling, punctuation and grammar.

There is no pass mark as such; instead, if your test shows you need to improve in any given area of Maths or English language, you will be given time to do this during your training year.

How we select:

  • The partnership will review applications for eligibility (meeting the criteria).  
  • All partnership schools will take part in a shortlisting process for each subject on offer and this will lead to interviews being held across all the schools.
  • The interview process will involve an observation of the candidate teaching a class for 30 minutes (at least) with advance notice of the topic, year group and ability of the children that they will be teaching.  There will be a written exercise and an interview lasting 30 minutes.
  • Staff from participating schools and Tes Institute will be involved in the process which will be coordinated by Davenant Foundation School as the ‘Lead School’.   

Certifications and proof of ID

  • Applicant must present original degree certificate and GCSE certificates (or equivalent) grade C or above passes in English, Maths and Science
  • Proof of ID and residency
  • Satisfactory references
  • Satisfactory health check and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) chec
  • Literacy and numeracy (info needs to go here) 
  • All overseas qualifications will need to be verified by NARIC.  

The Department of Education's website will also provide you with more information and guidance about how to write an application and you can also find more information about the different phases eg primary or secondary that are of interest to you.