Frequently asked questions.

We appreciate the applying for teacher training can be a daunting task. We have put together a list of frequently asked questions to answer the questions we are asked regularly. You can also view ‘The Application Process’ page for more tips and guidance.

What is the starting salary for a teacher?

Currently between £22,917 and £28,098 (London). There is earning potential of up to £65,000 as a leading practioner!

What is a SCITT?

SCITT stands for (School Centred Initial Teacher Training. In July 2014, John Taylor High School was accredited as a centre for School Centred Initial Teacher Training, which means that we are the accrediting provider for SCITT trainees and can award QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) to those who complete their programme with us.

How do I apply?

All applications are made through or DfE Apply.

How much school experience do I need to apply for School Direct?

Having some school experience will significantly enhance your application and will help you make an informed decision about teaching as a career. We realise that gaining school experience may be challenging this year in particular. School experience is not a mandatory requirement to apply for teacher training.

I am unsure whether my degree is appropriate for the subject I wish to teach.

As a general rule, for secondary applicants, your degree should be made up of at least 50% of the subject knowledge you wish to teach. Each person will have different circumstances and A levels can be taken into account when looking at this. You may be required to take a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course. If in doubt email For primary applicants a degree in any subject is acceptable.

When will I find out which school I will be based in? Can I express a preference?

You will be advised of your home school at our induction which usually takes place at the end of May or beginning of June. Schools are allocated on a range of criteria and whilst we do take into account where people live, we cannot guarantee specific requests for placements. All our schools are within half an hour’s drive of John Taylor High School.

Am I guaranteed a job at the end of the programme?

Whilst we cannot guarantee that trainees will secure employment within our alliance schools, many of our trainees to date have. It is certainly our vision to “grow our own teachers” and recruit from our own pool of trainees but we cannot predict with any accuracy where the vacancies will arise.

Will I be expected to teach a class from day 1?

School Direct gives you the opportunity to learn ‘on the job’ from the very beginning. You will benefit from working and learning every day in a school and getting an immediate insight into what teaching involves. But this doesn’t mean you’ll be teaching classes before you’ve had a chance to find your feet. You’ll have an extended support network of experienced teachers and mentors on hand to help you throughout your course. The school you’re with won’t ask you to teach classes unsupported until they think you’re ready.

I have qualifications from overseas- how do I find out if they are equivalent to UK qualifications?

You can contact NARIC via their website They will provide you with documentation to say that your qualifications are equivalent to ones in the UK. You need to do this in order to apply for teacher training.

  • "Am I tired? Yes.
    Am I nervous? A little.
    But am I enjoying it? Absolutely!"

  • "We are not just finishing as ‘proper’ teachers now; we are finishing as proud and powerful teachers who know how to help our students succeed."

  • "I have never felt bored, never without support to fall back on, and I have never felt more at home than when I am in the classroom. I know training to teach was the best choice I could have made!"

  • "I honestly loved my training programme at John Taylor. It was professional, welcoming, incredibly well organised and the best foundation to prepare me for teaching."

  • "I found the program was the best option for me as it gave me so much more experience actually standing in front of a class teaching than just going to university, so I felt completely prepared for teaching on my own."

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John Taylor Teaching School Hub

Announcing John Taylor Teaching School Hub

We are pleased to announce that John Taylor has been designated as one of 11 Teaching School Hubs in the West Midlands to be operational from September 2021, serving schools in East Staffordshire, Tamworth, Lichfield, Cannock, North Warwickshire, Nuneaton and Bedworth. As John Taylor Teaching School Hub we will continue to offer ITE and CPD provision and we will still offer our Appropriate Body Services. In addition, we will be delivering the Early Career Framework across our region and a full suite of NPQs, including the new specialist NPQs.

We will shortly be launching our new website and will advise as soon as this is up and running. Exciting times!