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Entry Requirements

School Direct at Secondary

  • 2:2 degree, or above, in a subject specialism relevant to the School Direct programme that you are applying for.

  • GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) at Grade 4 or above or equivalent Grade C and above.

  • A minimum of 10 days School Experience (this may be gained after application).

Salaried entry requirements necessitate approximately three years industry/work experience. This may be in any area of work it doesn’t have to be within the education sector.

How can I gain School Experience?

For advice and guidance on gaining school experience, you can contact our School Direct Officer Jeni Dooley on 01928 576 664 option 4 or email

Subject Knowledge Enhancement Courses are available at no cost for a selection of subjects should your degree not have the required 50% content required. Please enquire for further information on this.

Person Specification/Experience

You must be able to meet the following criteria:

  • An awareness of the way in which your subject can influence the whole school curriculum.

  • Strong ICT skills and interest in using ICT as a learning tool for creative development.

  • An awareness and knowledge of the issues surrounding the safeguarding of children.

Personal Qualities

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualities:

  • A commitment to helping young people to achieve their full potential.

  • An enthusiasm for teaching and an interest in learning strategies.

  • Sound communication and organisational skills.

  • The ability to form good relationships with staff and students.

  • A commitment to high standards in personal work.

  • A commitment to continued professional development.

  • A willingness to develop reflective practice and engage constructively with feedback.

  • A willingness to support and promote the ethos and standards of the school.

  • The ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines.

  • Smart professional appearance.