The application process.


Attend an information event.

Finding out about teacher training can be a confusing and daunting task as there are so many routes available. The first steps can be made a lot easier by attending information events. We hold information evenings throughout the year where you will find out about our programmes as well as having the opportunity to ask questions. Click here to view our event dates and book an event.

In addition to these events we also offer taster days where potential applicants can visit some of our partner schools, meet some former trainees and find out about what it is like to train with The National Forest Teaching School.


Arrange school experience.

Having some school experience will significantly enhance your application and will help you make an informed decision about teaching as a career. Secondary school experience can be arranged with us through the school experience portal or you can contact us directly and we will be happy to arrange it for you. Primary applicants requiring support in gaining school experience should contact Leah Axten at

If you have very limited or no school experience we may still interview you and make you an offer.


Prepare a personal statement.

A good statement should highlight your strengths and how you can bring these to teaching. We want to see energy, enthusiasm and a real passion for teaching and your subject/phase. Outline your reasons for wanting to teach and the qualities you have which will make you a good teacher.

Where you have school experience or experience of working with young people in a different context include this in your statement and talk about what you have learned from the experience. If you are a career changer tell us about the transferable skills that you have.


Arrange your references.

In order to submit your application you will need to have 2 references. It is vital that you choose individuals who know you well enough to highlight your potential as a teacher and you should make them aware that you cannot submit your application until the references have been written. If you have been in education in the last 5 years you should provide an academic reference, your second reference should be a professional reference.

Referees should indicate that they know of no reasons why you should not be suitable to work with children or vulnerable adults and that they know of no disciplinary action in progress or proposed.


Submit a UCAS application.

When you are ready to apply, you will do this through UCAS Teacher Training who are responsible for managing the application process for schools and providers. As well as providing an application portal, UCAS is also a useful tool to source ITT providers in your area. When applying you will be asked to select three schools (We can be found by searching ‘The National Forest Teaching School’). Click here to access UCAS.

Remember, your personal statement is the core of the application, so it is important to take the time and effort to research and prepare.



Where applicants meet all the entry requirements and submit a strong application, they will be invited to interview. Interviews will be held at John Taylor High School, as the lead school of the alliance and there will be several parts to it which are designed to assess:

  • Literacy and numeracy skills (and Science for primary appplicants)
  • Awareness of educational issues
  • Awareness of the qualities required needed to be a good teacher
  • Subject knowledge and awareness of what constitutes high quality teaching and learning in your subject or phase
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Rationale for wanting to become a teacher
  • Suitability for the profession
  • Resilience

We’ve put together a handy checklist to consult before starting your application…

Ideally complete school experience

Ensure you have original copies of your GCSE certificates and Degree certificate

Investigate whether you need SKE (via the Get into Teaching website or ITT providers)

Prepare a personal statement

Contact your referees

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