Lampton Academy / Lampton LWA SCITT

All applications should be submitted through UCAS Teacher Training.

Applications for all routes must be made through the UCAS Teacher Training website.  Applications are now open.

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Preparing your application

Who are we looking for?

We actively welcome applications from a range of trainees with different backgrounds. We believe the pupils in the schools we work with benefit from meeting teachers with different experiences. From more mature students, valuing their experience of life and of the world of work, to applicants straight from their first degrees.

All our potential candidates should have excellent communication skills, good subject knowledge and a commitment to life long learning. We look for the ability to reason but also want teachers who can feel, who have a commitment to children, moral purpose and personal integrity.

Teacher training courses are demanding and that means that trainees must have a high level of personal organisation and a professional approach.

The minimum academic qualifications required for Initial Teacher Training programmes offered through Lampton LWA SCITT and our primary School Direct programmes.

Primary Applicants

An Honours degree (preferably at 2:1 and above) awarded in the UK, or the equivalent awarded by an approved university outside the UK, or an acceptable equivalent qualification. Candidates with a 2:2 Honours degree will need to hold either additional postgraduate qualifications and/or substantial relevant experience of working with children.

Grade C or above in GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science (or equivalent).

Secondary Applicants

A UK honours degree with a 2:2 classification or higher which must be at least a 50% match to the subject in which you wish to train (or a recognised equivalent qualification). Please note that some exceptions are made for those applying for Mathematics and Physics routes.

Grade C or above in GCSE English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent).

MFL candidates will be required to train across two languages French, German and Spanish.  All MFL applicants must hold a degree in the language they wish to teach as well as holding an A Level at Grade C or above or equivalent in a second curriculum language.  Consideration will also be given to candidates with a GCSE as well as native speakers.

Researchers in School Applicants

For entry requirements, please see Researchers in Schools website here.

Overseas Qualifications

Overseas qualifications must be checked for camparability by the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) . Click here for the NARIC website.

Candidates without English, Maths or Science GCSEs

Where candidates do not have the equivalent of GCSE English, Maths or Science at Grade C or above, they must complete an equivalency test.  The cost of these tests must be borne by the candidate (approximately £150) and they can be done at a centre in London. Click here for more information.


All candidates will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to verify their suitability for working with young people.

Skills Tests

ll candidates will be required to complete Skills Tests  (click link) in Numeracy and Literacy prior to starting the programme.  This is a legal requirement.  Tests can be taken at Learn Direct Centres.  The first attempt is free and candidates can pay for two further attempts per subjects if necessary.  Should you fail three times you are unable to retake the tests for 24 months and are therefore prohibited from taking up a place on an ITT course during this time.

Hibernia College has launched Online Skills Test Help Clinics, designed to help applicants refresh their knowledge and prepare for the Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy. Please click here for further information.

The Application Form

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Application tips

The form should be completed in accurate standard English with attention to detail and careful proof reading. You are applying for the teaching profession. All application forms submitted to us are checked carefully for spelling and grammatical errors. This provides an initial impression of your literacy skills.

You will be required to give a breakdown of the content of your degree and may need to research this if you took it some time ago.

Your personal statement

Applicants should focus on demonstrating

  • Personal skills and qualities
  • A high level of motivation, enthusiasm for their subject
  • Good communication skills
  • Evidence of their potential to become an effective classroom teacher.
  • Awareness of the challenges of teaching all pupils in school with their varying motivation and arrange of abilities

Some knowledge of current educational issues would provide evidence that you have carefully considered your application.

You might want to use the following to help you structure your statement

  • Give your reasons for wanting to teach – why you will enjoy teaching your subject and/or age group?  What qualities do you have that will work well in the classroom?
  • Explain your understanding of the challenges and rewards of becoming a teacher
  • Explain how your previous experience is relevant, both for your subject and work experience, to teaching your subject/age group
  • Give examples of your skills and qualities
  • Reflect on what you have learnt when you visited schools and how this has influenced your application
  • Include relevant details of any other experience of working with children or young people such as working as a teaching assistant or volunteering at youth clubs or sports clubs
  • Show that you can organize your information so that it is clear and easily accessible for the reader.

As part of your UCAS application you will be asked to provide details of two referees.  Please note one must be your current employer or an academic referee if you have completed a degree in the last five years. Your second reference should be focussed on the attributes needed for teaching.

Please be aware that your application will not reach us until both your referees have completed their section.

Supporting Documentation

Candidates invited to interview are required to bring a number of documents with them.  We know from previous experience that some of these can be difficult to lay your hands on.  Therefore please prepare for your possible interview by preparing to provide the following list of paperwork that you will be required to present at interview:

  1. Original documents
  • For degrees or professional qualifications, a certificate or final transcript as long as it includes their degree classification
  • For GCSE, a certificate, the examination board results slip, or letter of confirmation from school/college which must be on headed paper and signed.
  1. The skills test letter and we will verify the results on line, or make the offer conditional on successful completion
  2. Declaration of Health and Suitability Declaration Form
  3. Marriage certificates from females whose qualifications are in their maiden name
  4. The change of name deed if their name has changed from their original certificates
  5. NARIC documentation (if applicable)
  6. One form of Photo Identification
Further requirements

School experience is essential for candidates looking to enter initial teacher training (ITT). Many ITT providers, school-centred initial teacher training providers (SCITTs) and School Direct lead schools now ask for a minimum amount of experience of working with young people prior to application.

For schools involved in School Direct, having candidates into the school on School Experience visits is also a fantastic opportunity to meet potential applicants. 80% of School Direct schools involved in the School Experience Programme use it to assist with their recruitment.

If you’re a candidate wishing to access the school experience programme, please go to the Get into Teaching website here.

Secondary subjects currently supported by the School Experience Programme are: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design & Technology, French, Geography, German, Maths, Physics and Spanish.

Premier Plus

Premier Plus is a bespoke service for the most talented people who want to become teachers. If you hold (or are predicted) a first class, 2:1 or 2:2 degree and are interested in teaching secondary maths, physics, chemistry, languages, computing or design and technology, Premier Plus is there to help.  If you are interested in teaching these subjects, register with for free here and in addition to the standard programme of support and guidance, all eligible registrants will receive the following exclusive benefits:

  • personalised one-to-one advice and guidance from a named adviser on becoming a teacher, including support with your application
  • help in securing school experience by allowing access to the School Experience Programme (SEP), providing there is availability in your subject/local area
    invitations to exclusive events
  • regular communications from us with important news, application hints and tips, and updates on funding
Are you already trained?

Overseas trained teachers (OTTs) can be a valuable part of the schools’ workforce. However there are some things to consider before first teaching in a UK maintained school. In addition to any right to work in the UK / sponsorship criteria, you may need to be aware of the conditions of your teacher status.

Teachers from within the EEA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the US

If you have successfully qualified as a teacher from within a member state of the EEA, your teaching qualification can be recognised and you can be awarded UK QTS without having to undertake any further training or assessment. From 1 April 2012, teachers who qualified in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States of America (USA) will also be recognised as qualified teachers and awarded qualified teacher status (QTS) in England. If you are an OTT from one of these countries, you will need to complete verification with the National College for Teaching and Leadership. Once you have been awarded this, you can be paid on the qualified teacher’s pay scale and subject to the same conditions and entitlements as other teachers.

Teachers from outside the EEA

Teachers from countries outside of the EEA or not listed in the information above, will be subject to the four year rule. This means that although you are not recognised as having UK QTS, you will be able to teach in a maintained school for up to four years and be paid on the unqualified teacher’s pay scale. This four year rule starts with the first day of employment in a maintained UK school and does not stop with any breaks in that employment. Once the 4 years have expired, you will need to cease teaching and find employment in another post if you have not gained UK QTS by this time.

For further information please click here.

Shortage subjects and the SKE

If you want to teach:

Maths, Physics, Computing, Chemistry, Design and Technology, Biology, Geography or a Modern Foreign Language but

  • Your degree wasn’t in your chosen subject but was closely related
    • You studied the subject at A’ level but not at university
    • You have relevant professional experience but need to develop your understanding of how to apply it to the curriculum

SKE courses are fully funded – so you won’t have to pay any tuition fees – and you may be eligible for a training bursary of up to £7,200 to support you throughout the course.

Contact us if you have queries so we can offer you advice. Email Get into Teaching

Click here for information regarding Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses on the Government’s Get into Teaching website

The Interview Process

Interviews are held between November and June to meet the 40 day UCAS timescale for providers to process applications.  Places are offered throughout the year so applications will close for individual subjects once they are fully recruited.

Candidates invited to interview will be asked to attend and bring with them

  1. Original documents
  • For degrees or professional qualifications, a certificate or final transcript as long as it includes their degree classification
  • For GCSE, a certificate, the examination board results slip, or letter of confirmation from school/college, which must be on headed paper and signed.
  1. The skills test letter and we will verify the results on line, or make the offer conditional on successful completion
  2. Declaration of Health and Suitability Declaration Form
  3. Marriage certificates from females whose qualifications are in their maiden name
  4. The change of name deed if the applicant’s name has changed from their original certificates
  5. Naric documentation if applicable
  6. Photo identification

A rigorous selection and interview process is undertaken so that only candidates with excellent subject knowledge and natural aptitude for teaching enter the programme.

Interviews take place at a number of schools in the London West Alliance and at Lampton LWA SCITT or a partnership Primary School.

The interview process is designed to assess suitability to teach and will focus on the applicant’s:

  • Quality of their subject knowledge in their chosen subject and a capacity to inspire learners;
  • Reflections on their school experience and awareness of current educational issues;
  • Quality of response to subject specific task with pupils
  • Quality of interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Ability to establish effective relationships with both pupils and adults;
  • Flexibility and a willingness to act upon advice;
  • Quality of the applicant’s overall realistic potential to become a successful teacher
  • Applicant’s questions and development needs
The Selection Day

Our selection process is demanding -we seek real talent and commitment

An outline of the day

  • Question and Answer session about our programme
  • A teaching activity with pupils
  • A written exercise reflecting on the observation of learning
  • A panel interview
  • Confirmation of identity and qualifications
After the interview

You will receive formal notification via UCAS.

You may be made a conditional offer (For example, dependent on the skills tests, equivalency testing, visits to schools, Subject knowledge enhancement courses)

You may be made an unconditional offer

When you have accepted a place on our course we will be in touch with you to prepare you for a successful start. We will ask you about the ways in which we can help you to prepare for the course, including support with subject knowledge for teaching, academic learning and visits to your placement school.

We will invite you in to discuss your experience and how we can prepare you.

If you are rejected then members of the SCITT interview panel will be available to give you feedback.






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