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    FAQs

    If you have any further questions, please contact us.

    Do trainees have to have any checks before they are given a placement

    All trainees must have a police, health and a qualifications check. A Criminal Records Bureau check is carried out to ensure that workers have no criminal record which would debar them from working with children and vulnerable adults.

    How do I apply?

    You can now apply by accessing a Single Entry System by visiting the Teaching Agency website by clicking here.

    Does the Training School have any open days?

    No, although those wishing to view Southfields may do so by arranging a tour. See the contacts page for more information.

    What qualifications are needed for the School Direct Salaried Route?

    Normally, good honours (2:1 or above) degree (B.A or BSc) in the subject you wish to teach and GCSEs, at grade C or above, in English and Mathematics (you need a grade C or above in Science if you wish to train to be a P.E. teacher). All trainees must have passed their numeracy and literacy skills tests before interview.

    How much is the grant for the School Direct Salaried Route?

    Trainees are paid Scale 1 of the Unqualified Teacher Pay Scale.

    How many places are there?

    Check back for this information.

    How long is the course?

    Normally one year, 3 school terms. School terms starts from September and ends in July.

    When does the course start?

    The course runs from September to July, a full academic year.

    I’m not sure if teaching is the profession for me, can I find out before applying?

    If you are not sure that teaching is for you contact us or arrange work experience through the S.E.P. or our S.T.E.P.

    Does Southfields participate in primary teaching training?

    No, the Southfields SD scheme is for secondary training only. For those interested in primary training, please see Wandsworth Primary E.B.I.T.T, St. Mary's Web site or contact the National College of Teaching and Leadership, who will be able to assist you on primary teaching schools in London.