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Application Tips

Applications for SCITT and School Direct places are undertaken through the UCAS Teacher Training System – for details see the ‘Apply’ section on this website.

The application consists of a number of sections and to help you make the most of your application here are some aspects to consider.

Personal statement

This section is the one that will have a large impact on how your application is viewed.

  • The actual section on the online form operates without a spell or grammar check – a simple mistake therefore is carried into your application. So use a programme like Word and copy and paste your statement in.
  • Unlike other sections of the form this one is character and line limited. With these restrictions you need to concentrate on aspects that relate to your wanting to teach. The School and work experience section is not space restricted so full details can be included here, leaving you to concentrate on why you want to teach.
  • Experience in school is not a requirement, but if have been into school this section allows you to reflect on what you observed and experienced.

You can access more information on Personal Statements using the following links

DfE website

UCAS website

School and work experience section

  • The tiny end column on the form expands. This allows you to enter all of the details you need to about the scope of the employment or experience.
  • In line with safer recruitment breaks in employment/education should be detailed in this section.



You will need to identify two referees. Please make sure they know you are going to use them. They need to be alert to the request they will receive from UCAS for their reference. They need to COMPLETE AND RETURN promptly.

Until both references are received your application is not ‘live’.


Please give full titles of qualifications. These will be found on the certificates. If you do not have the certificates then you will need to start the process of obtaining copies. You will need these and it can take some time to obtain them.


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What people say

Headteachers speak extremely highly of the quality that new teachers from the partnership provide and see them as competent and confident professionals who are ready for employment.

Ofsted Report 2016

I was asked during my interview why I chose this training programme instead of any other. I thought it would give me the best training of any that I’d found and I stand by that even more now. The support and guidance I got was exemplary.


This course really is fantastic. I feel personally that I could not have been given a better start to my teaching career.


Trainees have stated to me that all sessions without exception have been valuable to them mainly because they felt the nature and the content of the sessions had been well thought out and prepared in detail making them highly relevant to their classroom experiences

Partnership Tutor

The quality of training at Redcar and Cleveland Teacher Training Partnership is outstanding, and, as a result, trainees achieve high outcomes.

Ofsted Report 2016

One of the many strengths the RCTTP course offers is the high standard of support to trainees and I am especially thankful for that and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this course


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