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How to Apply for ITT

All teacher training applications are now being submitted through UCAS.

To apply for an ITT placement with the Swaledale Alliance, please follow the guidance below.

  • Logon to UCAS Website - Click Here
  • Select the 'Initial Teacher Training' section
  • Select 'Primary School Programmes'
  • Select 'Swaledale Alliance' Course Code IFG
  • Within your personal statement, highlight that you are applying for school-based teacher training within the Swaledale Alliance

Entry Requirements

the Swaledale Alliance and High Force Education SCITT  value applications from all candidates irrespective of race, colour, nationality, national or ethnic origins, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or religious beliefs.

Applicants must possess the following essential requirements listed below before being selected for interview.

If you are unsure whether or not you meet the requirements or have equivalent qualifications please contact us as you may still be eligible to apply.   

Academic Requirements

Required Desirable
Have/expected to have a good degree of a United Kingdom Higher Education Institution of 2.2 or above. An Honours Degree of 2.1 or above
GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science at Grade C or 4 or above.  A strong academic profile
 2 A levels or equivalent of C grade or above.  


 Required Desirable                     
An informed professional reference. A reference from a Headteacher or other senior professional to comment on applicant's suitability.
A reference containing a strong recommendation that the applicant is suitable to train as a primary school teacher.                                             
School experience covering both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 or experience working with children in other settings, undertaken with in the past 2 years.

Personal Attributes

Required  Desirable 
Articulates clear and appropriate reasons for wanting to teach primary Identifies a range of personal strengths relevant to primary teaching
Conveys commitment and enthusiasm to primary teaching Has a breadth of experience /transferable skills
Demonstrates openness to learning and self development Show awareness of aspects or issues related to primary school education
Desire to teach young children and boundless enthusiasm Demonstrate the skills of reflection and analysis
Demonstrates accurate spelling and grammar  
Demonstrated the correct uses of standard English  

ITT Specific Requirements

Ensure that all entrants:

  • Have met the Secretary of State’s requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach as detailed in the TA “Fit to Teach”
  • Have been subject to a Disclosure and Barring enhanced disclosure check
  • Have the intellectual and academic capabilities needed to meet the required DfE Teachers’ Standards
  • Can read effectively and are able to communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English
  • Possess the appropriate qualities, attitudes and values expected of a teacher
  • Have passed the professional skills tests in English and mathematics prior to entry

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