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ITT - Frequently Asked Questions

When should I apply?

Applications usually open in October each year. 

How do I apply?

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

What happens to my application?

All applications are assessed by BTSA and 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 may involve leading a session for up to 30 minutes or talking through how you would lead a lesson and reflecting in interview as to what went well and areas for development.  If the applicant is accepted, there will then be a discussion regarding which school you will be placed, taking into account any preferences expressed by both schools and the candidate. Candidates are therefore required to be flexible about their placements but we would encourage you to state your preference when submitting your application. We always ensure that all training will be of the highest quality regardless of the host school.

Fee funded or Employment based ITT Teacher Training?

With the fee-funded route, trainees are not paid a salary but may be eligible for a bursary, depending on your chosen subject. Trainees will pay the course fees and a student loan may be available to you.  For more information see:

On the Employment based teacher training route, trainees will be employed by and paid a salary by the school that they train in for that academic year. The salary will be in line with the unqualified teacher pay scale but they are not eligible to apply for a bursary.

What do I need before I am able to apply?

Applicants need to have GCSE Grade C / Grade 4 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 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.