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London School of Jewish Studies

How to apply to teacher training

Applications are open, please apply early.


(We are registered as Jewish Teacher Training Partnership on the UCAS website)

Entry Requirements:

• Have permission to work in the UK (applicable to School Direct applicants only).

• Have a first degree (2.2. or above) from a recognised UK higher education institution (or equivalent qualification – see below).

• Pass the literacy and numeracy skills tests (this is a pre-requisite of starting the course but not applying for the course) – contact us to find out how we can support you with these tests.

• Have GCSE Grade C or higher in English & mathematics. For primary teaching, also have GCSE Grade C (or higher) in science (or equivalent qualification – see below).

• Be able to communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English.

• Experience of observing or working with children in the Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2. (At least two weeks school experience is normally required as part of the selection process – we may be able to help facilitate this.)

Applicants must also possess personal and intellectual qualities as deemed appropriate by us, and meet the Secretary of State’s requirements for physical and mental Fitness to Teach, as detailed in the Department for Children, Schools, Families R1.5d Qualifying to Teach (2007)

Trainees will be required to obtain a DBS enhanced certificate. We will help you organise this.

You will need to demonstrate (at interview and through your application) the academic ability to reach a PGCE level.

Applicants with non-British qualifications

If you hold a degree or other qualifications from a non-UK institution, you must verify their equivalence through the National Recognition Information Centre for the UK (UK NARIC): Tel: 01242 260 010

Applicants who do not hold English, maths or science GCSE Grade C

If you do not hold a GCSE in maths, English or science at grade C or above or an equivalent qualification, you can still apply as long as you indicate on your application form that you are taking an equivalency test. We accept equivalency tests from:

A*Star Teachers – Tel: (020) 7272 7070

Equivalence Testing – Tel: 01277 203336

A pass in these tests will be acknowledged by the JTTP SCITT as being equivalent to Grade C or above at GCSE/GCE O-level.

The JTTP SCITT – actively promotes safeguarding practices

The Application Process

The selection process takes half a day and involves assessed written tasks, a presentation (to be prepared in advance), a group discussion and a formal interview. All aspects of the interview are assessed and partner school staff are involved.

The interviews take place at the London School of Jewish Studies

What we look for: Selection Day

LSJS seeks to enroll candidates who have a genuine interest in teaching and possesses the qualities that will ensure completion of this very demanding course.

We have a duty to ensure that you have the appropriate personal and intellectual skills to be a teacher.

In addition to the above, the purpose of the selection day is to assess whether candidates have the potential to meet the Teachers’ Standards and become good or outstanding teachers.

When to apply: This is an extremely popular course and we only have a limited number of places – so we encourage early applications.

Application for the SCITT programme is done through UCAS.  If you need help – please contact us, we are happy to help


(We are registered as Jewish Teacher Training Partnership on the UCAS website)

This video explains how.  For help please call the office 020 8203 6427