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FAQ

All applications (with the exception of our Assessment Only programme must be made through UCAS (link to www.ucas.com/ucas/teacher-training).

In UCAS search for ‘Surrey South Farnham SCITT’.

You are allowed to make three concurrent applications, which can be to the same provider or different providers.

Q. I am completing my degree, can I still make an application? 

A. Yes, you can continue to make an application and if successful at shortlisting and interview a conditional offer will be made subject to you gaining the necessary degree outcome prior to the 31st August

Q. My degree isn’t related to a national curriculum subject, will you accept it? 

A. Yes

Q. I don’t have one of my GCSEs, can I still make an application? 

A. Yes, you can continue to make an application and if successful at shortlisting and interview a conditional offer will be made, subject to you gaining the necessary qualification prior to the 31st August

Q. What equivalent exams do you accept? 

A. We accept exams from www.equivalencytesting.com

Q. I have an adult literacy / numeracy level 2, is this acceptable? 

A.  No, unfortunately we do not accept adult literacy or adult numeracy level 2 as GCSE equivalent

Q. I have an international qualifications.  What do I do?   

A. You contact UK NARIC on www.naric.org.uk/ 

Q. Do I have to apply through UCAS? 

A. Yes, there are no exceptions

Q. I want a salaried place but don’t have a school. 

A. You can still apply but we advise that you seek a supporting school.  Some schools advertise for salaried applicants on their website

Q. I have no school experience, what do I do? 

A. You will need a minimum of two weeks experience in a school prior to application.  Contact your local schools who largely welcome short voluntary experiences, especially when linked to possible application for initial teacher training

Q. I don’t have a supporting school, will you find me one? 

A. Yes and we will aim to place you in a school as close to your home as possible

Q. Will I be expected to teach a class on day one of the programme? 

A. Our tuition fee programme starts initially with small groups of children, building up to teaching one lesson and by the summer term you will be teaching the children 4 days of the week. Salaried trainees may have a small teaching commitment in the autumn term. This will gradually increase over the academic year until you are teaching the children for 4 days of the week in the latter half of the summer term.

Q. Do I have to apply for the bursary? 

A. No.  If you are eligible for the bursary (A-Level Mathematics grade B+) you are automatically entitled to the bursary.  The ITT Manager is responsible for ensuring these payments on made to you from October - July

Q. Do I have to pass the professional skills tests? 

A. Yes.  If you have not passed the skills tests in English and maths by the 31st August you will not be able to commence the programme on the 1st September.

There is a (free) support website for the Numeracy Skills Test: www.numeracyskillstest.co.uk

Q. What will I be paid as a salaried trainee? 

A. You will be employed by a supporting school and paid on the unqualified teachers scale (minimum point 1).