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What are we looking for?


Ambitious, energetic, dedicated, well-qualified and enthusiastic trainee teachers who are passionate about teaching and learning.


People who have a genuine desire and commitment to inspire young people of all abilities in the secondary age range.


It is a real benefit if you have had experience of working with young people and have undertaken some secondary school experience, but this is not a requirement.


We welcome trainees from a variety of backgrounds. Some come straight from university, others have already had a career, and some have experience working with children in other settings.




Minimum degree required

A good honours degree (2:ii or above) is usually required, however each application is considered individually.

Candidates wishing to teach Mathematics or Physics who have obtained, or who are expected to achieve, a degree below 2:ii are still eligible for the programme if they possess a grade B or above at A level in their chosen subjects.


School experience

School experience is not a requirement for entry to the course, however successful candidates will demonstrate an understanding of teaching and learning within an appropriate educational context.



Candidates must be able to communicate effectively in spoken and written English.
GCSE Mathematics and English are required, grade C/4 or above. Candidates who do not have these qualifications must sit a GCSE equivalency test.

Please also note that candidates will be required to pass a DBS check and a fitness to teach assessment.


Applications are now open, please follow the link here



Interview process


Interviews take place in Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School, where the Cheshire East SCITT is based.





Arrive and welcome
You will have the opportunity to meet and chat with the SCITT staff, who will explain how the course runs.

You will be formally interviewed by two members of the SCITT leadership team and a representative from one of our partner schools.

Tour of school
You will have the opportunity to meet current sixth form students and tour the school.
You will be asked to prepare and deliver a 20 minute lesson to a class of Year 7 or 8 students, in your chosen subject.  In some cases, a topic will be agreed in advance.
Lunch will be provided
Written reflection tasks
You will be asked to answer questions on an article which will be sent to you in advance.
You will also be asked to reflect on the lesson you delivered earlier in the day.
Student panel interview
You will have an interview with a small group of students who will be asked to provide feedback to the SCITT team.
Meet the trainees

You will have the opportunity to meet some of our current trainees and find out about their experience of training with us.


Finish and next steps
You will have an opportunity to ask any last questions and discuss what happens next.


These two-day events run throughout the year and enable you to find out what life as a teacher is really like.


They are designed for those who are intending to apply for an Initial Teacher Training course, whether straight from university or as a career change. 

Activities include:

  • Observing a variety of classes

  • Meeting current teachers, support staff and pupils.

  • Learning more about the wider role of a teacher. 

  • Receiving top tips from current trainees and early career teachers.

  • Finding out more about the training process.

  • Getting some support with the application and interview process.


Cost: £20 for both days includes lunch and refreshments.


For more details or to book a place, please contact

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