It takes all sorts to teach

Teaching isn't a one-size fits all career - all sorts of people can become great teachers. Whether you are an undergraduate, recent graduate, current teaching support staff, or interested in changing careers, we are looking to recruit applicants who have the potential to become excellent teachers and are committed to developing professional expertise that will make a difference to the lives of children.

We asked teachers in our West London schools what personal qualities are most important for a successful career in teaching. This is what they said…

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Personal qualities that shine through

At Teach West London we are looking for applicants who demonstrate:

  • Qualities and skills for suitability to train to teach
  • Strong fundamental skills in English and Maths
  • Effective communication skills
  • High quality organisational skills
  • High professional standards and an understanding of the requirement to uphold public trust in the profession
  • Willingness to learn through being reflective and engage in development opportunities
  • An understanding of the need and importance to safeguard children
  • Awareness of having high expectations of children in terms of behaviour and achievement
  • Ability to motivate children
  • Willingness to work as part of a team and play a part in the wider life of a school
  • Respect and tolerance for others’ actions and beliefs
  • Willingness to uphold fundamental British values

This can be exhibited in different ways:

  • Specialist subject knowledge (secondary applicants)
  • Ability to communicate about learning
  • Ability to reflect on your experiences of working with children
  • Knowledge of current educational issues or school curriculum