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Person Specification

There is no one type of personality best suited to teaching, and young people benefit from having teachers of differing ages, gender, ethnicity, background and experience during their school years.  However, teaching is by its nature a demanding and fast-paced profession which carries a lot of responsibility and therefore we look for the following characteristics, qualities and commitments in our selection processes.  

SD22 2 1
  • Excellent communication skills – especially communicating with young people
  • High standard of written and spoken English, including a clear speaking voice and good presentation skills
  • A proactive mentality: you show initiative, are self-motivated and seek out useful learning experiences and opportunities.
  • A love for learning: you reflect upon what you have learnt and constantly strive to improve.
  • Good subject and curriculum knowledge, but we don't expect you to know everything and will help you to plug any gaps.  
  • You should be enthusiastic about your subject and aware of what aspects you need to develop further.   You may also be eligible for some pre-course subject knowledge enhancement which many of our trainees have found very helpful.   
  • A ‘can do’ attitude: you are resilient, determined and flexible.
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Humility, empathy and respect
  • Professional appearance and manner
  • A commitment to safeguarding young people, supporting equal opportunities and raising standards
  • A collaborative worker: you work well in a team and engage with others to get the best out of situations
  • The ability to work effectively in high performing teams, coping with pressure, meeting deadlines and securing professional relationships with both staff and students.