Merton Special Teaching Alliance

National Teaching Shcool

School Direct Salaried

 Cricket Green School Direct Programme with e-Qualitas

We are looking for applicants who have the potential to become outstanding teachers, who are able to work independently on their studies whilst training in a school context.

These personal attributes include:

Academic requirements 

In line with our provider eQualitas, priority is given to applicants who have at least grade B in GCSE English and GCSE maths(or the equivalent 'O' levels or IGCSEs). Unfortunately adult literacy or adult numeracy are not accepted.

If you do not meet the GCSE requirement, you can do an equivalence test. We recognise the tests offered by Equivalency Testing:  

Priority is given to applicants who have at least a 2:1 Honours degree. Applicants with a 2:2 degree with a Master's degree are also given priority. Overseas qualifications must be checked for UK equivalence by NARIC. 

These entry requirements are in line with our provider eQualitas.

Other qualifications and experience

Preference is shown to applicants who have experience or study related to education so that they have a good starting point to further their knowledge, skills and understanding of the teaching role and its responsibilities. 

In addition, all candidates applying for initial teacher training (ITT) are required to have passed the literacy and numeracy professional skills tests before starting teacher training. For further guidance on the professional skills tests please click here.

Suitability for teaching

All offers of places are subject to a Disclosure and Barring service (DBS) enhanced disclosure with list check. If you are offered a place, you will be asked to provide a signed declaration relating to any police record.

All trainee teachers must also meet the Secretary of State's requirements for physical and mental health. In practice few health problems preclude applicants from teaching, and so we welcome applicants from people with disabilities. 


Each interview will be carried out by at least one senior member of staff and follow the normal equal opportunities and safe recruitment procedures. The interview will take up to one day and is broken into four parts:
  • Group interview
The group interview will test your interpersonal skills, responsiveness to other people's ideas, skills in expressing an opinion and backing it up with evidence.
  • Individual interview
This will give us the opportunity to explore your knowledge, motivation, preparedness and experience in depth.
  • Pupil interview
A selection of pupils will meet you to see how you interact with children and young adults.
  • Teaching
You may be asked to teach a short lesson to a select group of pupils so that we can assess the quality of your teaching.   


2VM3 - School Direct Programme with London South Bank University (LSBU)

Academic requirements

Personal requirements 

A coherent written personal statement that demonstrates:

Skills and aptitudes we are looking for: 

Other experience and qualifications

All applicants should meet the entry criteria above. In addition, your personal written statement should include the following: 

Selection Process 

Perseid School is the lead school in the partnership and will be coordinating the recruitment process. We anticipate the interview process will consist of two stages and will involve a visit to LSBU and will incorporate English and Maths tests and an interview, before successful candidates are invited to Perseid School. This day will include a tour of the school, classroom observation on set criteria and an interview. Our University partner, LSBU, will be involved throughout the day. MSTA and LSBU will make joint offers to successful candidates.


2VM2 - School Direct Mainstream Primary Programme with St Mary's University  

Academic requirements 

Most successful applicants will have a 2:1 degree classification or better although we are also prepared to accept candidates with a 2:2 degree classification if he or she is able to provide additional evidence of potential, such as the award of a higher degree or substantial relevant professional experience.

 Candidates will also need at least 5 GCSEs including a grade C or above in English Language, Mathematics and Science (or equivalent qualifications).

 If a candidate studied outside of the UK, they should visit the National Academic Recognition centre (NARIC) website to find out whether their qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A Levels and an undergraduate degree.

Work experience 

Candidates for the salaried programme will also need three years full time (or equivalent) work experience in any field.

School experience 

Prior to application, it is a requirement that candidates undertake at least two weeks school experience in the age group that they are training to teach in. These two weeks are an important and integral element of the course, providing candidates with the opportunity to observe a variety of teaching styles and to engage in some initial group and class teaching.

 It is advisable to gain experience in different schools to broaden experience.

Professional skills tests

Candidates are required to have passed the Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy before they start the course. These can be taken as soon as candidates apply for the course and we ask that candidates book them (through the DfE) promptly after application.

These tests are distinct from any MSTA or St Mary's tests at interview.

Medical fitness 

Teaching is physically and mentally demanding, and there are fitness requirements set by the Department for Education for applicants to initial teacher training programmes.  Host schools will require candidates to complete a relevant health questionnaire.

DBS/Prohibition checks 

We have a duty to protect children and vulnerable adults, and to ensure that they are not put at risk by student teachers whose previous conduct shows that they are unsuitable for access to these vulnerable groups.

If candidates are offered a place on the QTS programme, they will be required to undertake a DBS/prohibition check through the host school.

Personal requirements 

We are looking for candidates with the following attributes:


Selection Process 

 The host school considers applicants who have applied to a programme based at their school and returns a shortlisting sheet for each candidate back to MSTA. Host schools are required to follow various quality assurance procedures in this shortlisting process which is monitored by MSTA.On receipt of the shortlisting sheets we either reject a candidate on UCAS or invite them for interview. Rejected candidates are welcome to contact MSTA for feedback.

 For our primary programme with St Mary's, there is a two stage interview process.  All shortlisted candidates are required to attend an initial university interview first.  If this is passed successfully, candidates proceed to a school interview.

 If shortlisted for interview, we will upload the first interview date to UCAS and shortly afterwards we will email candidates to confirm both interview dates and to provide further details regarding the school interview. The university would contact candidates separately about arrangements for the initial university interview.

 Applicants should regularly check changes on UCAS and spam email folders as candidates sometimes miss interviews because the email was in a junk folder.

The interview email will ask candidates to confirm their attendance at the interview and will supply the relevant email addresses for this reply.


The university interview would include some time for the university registry team to verify various identification documents and qualification certificates. Candidates may be required to undertake group tasks with other candidates.  The university will confirm details of their process to candidates directly.

The school interview is likely to include a tour of the school; literacy/numeracy tests; a classroom exercise and panel interview.


If we make an offer, we will email candidates, but candidates would need to read the content of the offer on UCAS.  This would normally be conditional upon various things such as DBS clearance; and possibly on candidates providing verification of their degree at a particular level,or GCSE certificates if we have not yet seen the originals etc.

 Occasionally offers are made subject to a candidate gaining a little more school experience.

 Candidates are entitled to wait for the outcome to all their applications before accepting an offer on UCAS and we fully support this.

 If candidates did however make up their mind to accept our offer before hearing back from other programmes, then they would have to withdraw from the others on UCAS in order to be able to upload their acceptance.

 No further formal paperwork regarding the programme would be issued from MSTA or St Mary's university until the offer had been accepted on UCAS.