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We are looking for ambitious, committed applicants who are passionate about their subject and who wish to make a difference to the lives of young people of all abilities by sharing their enthusiasm and love of learning.

Good communication and organisational skills are required and experience of working with young people is essential.  This might be through having done school experience placements or through previous jobs or voluntary work.

We welcome applications regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or religion. We are also committed to the safeguarding and promotion of the welfare of children.


Academic Entry requirements Skills Tests DBS School Experience
Each subject has specific entry requirements so please check the information on UCAS. You will need to sit pre-entry tests in Literacy and Numeracy. We cannot make an unconditional offer until you’ve passed both QTS skills tests.
We strongly advise that you complete these tests prior to interview.  If we offer you a place conditional on passing the tests, you should do so within 30 days of the formal offer.
If your application is successful, you will be required to comply with an enhanced check through the Disclosure and Barring Service as advised by the Department for Education. You will need to demonstrate evidence of substantial relevant experience in a UK secondary school.  This could be visits to observe lessons or volunteering / working in an assistant role.
We offer the opportunity to visit our schools and we run briefing sessions and a teaching taster course.
Qualifications needed Personal qualities Other requirements Interviews
For full details we recommend checking the subject pages on the University of Chester and University of Manchester websites.
In brief, you need:

  • Degree classification of 2:1 or above, although some subjects accept 2:2 or above
  • Degree must contain 50% content strongly related to the subject you want to teach (subject knowledge enhancement courses may be available if your degree content does not match this requirement)
  • Good academic background at A Level or equivalent
  • GCSE in Mathematics and English Language Grade C or above
  • Successful completion of the pre-entry Literacy and Numeracy tests.
We are looking for:

  • enthusiasm for working with children and a determination to make a difference to the lives of young people of all abilities
  • passion for your subject
  • awareness of current educational issues
  • personal awareness of your role as teacher in relation to teaching and learning
  • your capacity to engage in an intensive period of training
  • good communication skills
  • the capacity to reflect on your experience

We encourage prospective applicants to attend one of our regular visitor days.

When we make an offer, it is typical for there to be a number of conditions. For example:

  • An enhanced check through the Disclosure and Barring Service as advised by the Department for Education.
  • A health screening questionnaire
  • Completing school experience (we can help successful applicants arrange this)

In some circumstances:

  • Successful completion of a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course. These courses are available for certain subjects and give a good grounding in the curriculum knowledge required to teach. Suitable candidates may be eligible for a bursary.
Interviews are held at regular intervals throughout the year in a Teach Cheshire school.
They last half a day and include:

  • The opportunity to talk to staff and students
  • A tour of the school
  • A short teaching task (you will be told in advance about the content of the lesson, the age group and size of class you will be teaching)
  • Short written tasks for literacy, numeracy and subject knowledge
  • A formal interview with senior staff and subject specialists
  • Identity and qualification checks (please bring photographic ID, proof of address and copies of your academic qualifications)

Please note that you do not need to have completed school experience before the interview.<