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ITT - Frequently Asked Questions

When should I apply?

Applications usually open in mid-October each year through the website. 

How do I apply?

Our courses can be found by entering BTSA into the search area via this link:  

What happens to my application?

All applications are assessed by The BTSA. All suitable applicants will be invited for interview, subject to availability of places. This takes the form of a personal interview with our school staff and usually includes a senior manager and the identified mentor or relevant head of department. Candidates will be assessed to determine their suitability for the course and will be required to participate in short teaching episodes. This will involve leading a session for 30 minutes and reflecting in interview as to what went well and areas for development.  If the applicant is accepted, they will then be allocated to a school in our alliance that has requested a trainee, in line with their year group or key stage requirements.

School Direct Salaried or Unsalaried?

If you are on the School Direct salaried route you will be employed by and paid a salary by the school that you train in for that year. The salary will be in line with the unqualified teacher pay scale but you are not eligible to apply for a bursary.

The salaried route is only for candidates who have been in full time paid employment for at least two years. Their work experience does not have to be in an educational setting, they may be career changers who can bring valuable skills and experience to the profession. It is for the provider and schools to decide which skills and experience are relevant.

On the unsalaried route you are not paid a salary but you are eligible for a bursary, depending on your previous degree level status. Please see the School Direct website and the individual providers for more details and the different course programmes.

What do I need before I am able to apply?

Applicants need to have GCSE grade C in GCSE Maths, English and (for primary trainees) Science. Applicants require a degree at classification 2:2 or above and if you wish to teach in the secondary sector a large proportion of your degree should be in the subject you wish to teach, usually a minimum of 50%. Further details about eligibility can be found on the DFE website

How do I get into school to gain primary experience?

Try offering to volunteer in a local school as getting classroom experience will help you to decide whether teaching is for you. We encourage applicants to visit our partnership schools to gain classroom experience.  This experience will support your application but we must state that school experience is not essential and that we welcome applications from all interested candidates.

How do I arrange a visit or placement?

Please contact the BTSA by email: (Attn. Maxine Howard)

All the ITT information provided on our website is subject to change. We will endeavour to keep you updated of any government changes as they are introduced.

The BTSA and every partner school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.  All staff and volunteers must share this commitment.  Successful candidates will be subject to an Enhanced Criminal Record Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service along with other relevant employment checks, including overseas criminal background checks, where applicable. All new trustees, employees and volunteers will be required to undertake safeguarding training in induction which will be regularly updated in line with statutory guidance.

For further information, please contact the BTSA by completing our enquiry form.