How to apply

UCAS application

The application process is via UCAS, as all Teacher Training places are, and to apply you need to follow their process. 

  • Go to the www.ucas.com website and click on Teacher Training
  • Click on Train to Teach in England 
  • Click on Find Postgraduate Teacher Training or click on this link to go straight to the course search page
  • Search for Dixons Multi-Academy Trust and you will find us.  


Shortlisting

Your application will be assessed by the recruitment team and a subject specialist e.g. Head of Department.

We are looking for excellent graduates who are committed to making a difference for the young people in Bradford and Leeds. You should be able to work well in a team of highly professional staff in our successful and aspirational academies.

You must have:

• A strong belief in the potential of every child, regardless of their background

• Strong academic qualifications:

o 2:2 or above in a degree linked to the subject you want to teach 

o Good A Levels linked to the subject you want to teach

o Strong GCSEs including Grade C/4 or above in English and Maths

o For Primary, a Science GCSE Grade C/4 or above

A passion for teaching and a love of your subject

• The ability to reflect on feedback and act on it to improve

• Resilience and determination, enabling you to make a difference for the young people you will teach


Interview

If you meet all of our entry requirements and can demonstrate through your personal statement that you are committed to challenging educational and social disadvantage in the North, you will be invited to interview. Due to the developing situation regarding Covid 19, we will be conducting remote interviews.  

If shortlisted, you will be asked to: 

  • Plan and talk through a 20 minute lesson 
  • Undertake a subject knowledge test (the assessments are designed to initially assess your subject knowledge and your written communication) 
  • Deliver a short presentation on a given topic as part of your formal interview

During the interview, the panel will consider your:

  • Commitment to making a difference in areas where it matters the most
  • Passion for teaching and love of your subject 
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Capacity to establish effective relationships inside and outside the classroom
  • Suitability to train to teach and to meet the Teachers’ Standards by the end of training
  • Ability to reflect on feedback and act on it to improve
  • Resilience and determination 


Conditional offers

If successful, you will be given a conditional offer, where the conditions will be clearly articulated to you in your letter. 

Some of the key conditions will be that you:

  • Have DBS Clearance 
  • Have your qualifications checked 
  • Have confirmed you have the health and physical capacity to start training
  • Have strong literacy and numeracy skills.  Please note that from October 2019, you will no longer need to take the National Skill Tests. Trainees will be benchmarked against a defined set of skills they will be expected to have by the end of their initial teacher training so that prospective teachers meet the high standards of literacy and numeracy required to be a teacher.


Subject knowledge enhancement

Some applicants may require or would benefit from a Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course (SKE), which is available in all shortage subjects. We strongly recommend this as a way of ensuring that you are well equipped and confident to train. Many SKE courses are subsidised nationally. They vary in length and models of learning and include online courses. 

Find more information about SKE courses here.

A directory of available courses can be found here.

Application deadlines

Dixons is committed to finding the very best trainee teachers and so we continue interviewing until we have found them. Applications are treated on a first come, first served basis so apply early to secure your place with Dixons Teacher Training. We will publicise on our website when we have filled all our subject places. This is also communicated through UCAS.



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