St Polycarp's Catholic Primary School

St Polycarp's Catholic Primary School St Polycarp’s Catholic Primary School

Entry Requirements

If you have decided that we are the right provider for you, before you apply please read through these entry requirements.


Applicants must be aged 18 or over

Minimum Qualifications

  • UK university degree or recognised equivalent of 2:2 and above.
  • 5 GCSE awards at grade C/4 or above in English, Mathematics and Science.
  • Show that you can communicate effectively in both spoken and written standard English.
  • If accepted, obtain an enhanced DBS disclosure and any other required clearances and complete DfE provisional registration requirements.
  • Meet the requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach.
  • Pass skills tests in numeracy and literacy by the end of the course.

Work Experience

Applicants are encouraged to spend time working in schools before applying but this is not a requirement.  This enables them to get a valuable insight into the role of a class teacher and to use this experience to support their application. We are happy to arrange work experience at any of our alliance schools for students who are interested, please contact us.

How we select our trainees

Trainees will be selected based on having the right aptitude and attitude for the role of a teacher. Some great qualities to have include:

  • A passion for teaching
  • A natural ability/affinity with children
  • Understanding of the role of a school in a child's life
  • A strong work ethic
  • Good organisation
  • Understanding that being a great teacher means continuously striving to evolve and improve 

If you do not have these qualifications but are still interested in a career in teaching, please contact us to discuss your options.

If you have qualifications from outside of the UK and would like to check their suitability for this course contact NARIC.

The Skills Tests

You have to pass the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy by the end of your teacher training. You can have unlimited attempts at resitting the skills test, with over 80% of candidates passing both literacy and numeracy skills test on their first attempt. The key to passing is plenty of preparation and practice.

Test Changes  

The Department for Education recently announced changes to the professional skills tests. These changes include: unlimited resits of the tests, with the first three numeracy and literacy attempts free of charge and the removal of the lock-out period that previously prevented candidates who were unsuccessful after three attempts from re-taking tests for two years. For more information, click here

Preparing for the Tests

There is plenty of support available to help you get ready for the tests from the STA (Standards and Testing Agency) website, including practice literacy and numeracy materials and an online test.

Booking the Tests

You’ll need to book your skills test via learndirect, you can either:

  • Book your tests once you’ve submitted your teacher training application
  • Book in advance of submitting your application, but you’ll need to have submitted your application by the time you sit your tests