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What We Do

Entry Requirements


  • GCSE in English (or approved equivalent) at Grade C or above
  • GCSE in mathematics (or approved equivalent) at Grade C or above
  • GCSE in science (or approved equivalent) at Grade C or above 


You must be a graduate of an approved university or other institution granting equivalent qualifications acceptable both to YSJU and the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). You should have, or expect to receive, a 2:1 honours degree or better.  Applicants with a 2:2 may be considered if they can demonstrate certain aptitudes at interview.

Skills Tests

Once you have submitted your application to us, you will need to arrange to take and pass the tests - ideally before interview.   Teaching Agency QTS skills in Literacy and Numeracy must be completed before commencing your course.

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School Experience

You should have at least two weeks' (10 days) relevant and recent (within the last two years) primary classroom experience and/or Early Years Foundation Stage settings before you apply. This might be gained by undertaking a teaching assistant role or a voluntary placement within a primary school.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

Entrants to the programme must also undertake an enhanced DBS criminal records check.  Further information will be provided by York St John University.

Medical Questionnaire

All entrants are expected to complete a medical questionnaire in order to assess their fitness to teach.  Medical questionnaires will be forwarded to you if successful at interview.

Applicants must satisfy the institution that they have the intellectual capability for the demands of teaching, that they are physically and mentally fit for teaching and that there is no evidence of a criminal background that should prevent them from working with children or young people. All successful applicants will need to satisfy the institution that they meet these criteria through an enhanced DBS check and the submission of a medical health questionnaire to the YSJU Medical Service, who may then require additional reports/examinations to determine fitness to undertake the programme.

What we are looking for

Potential to Teach

We are looking for trainees who have the required skills and attributes to become outstanding teachers. You will:

  • Have an energy, passion and enthusiasm for working with children
  • Have high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge both yourself and the pupils in your care
  • Care for your children and be passionate about enabling the best outcomes for them
  • Be enthusiastic about your learning, developing your knowledge and skills and the knowledge and skills of others
  • Be able to adapt and be flexible, responding to the needs of your school experience and pupils
  • Be an excellent team member and communicator.

Have a terrific sense of humour!

Contact Us

Esk Valley Alliance
Glaisdale Primary School,
North Yorkshire,
YO21 2PZ

Phone Number: 01947 897218
Mobile Number: 07875 297780

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