Salaried place with King’s College London (Modern Foreign Languages—French & Spanish)

Course Description

School Direct Salaried

  • Trainees are employed by the school as unqualified teachers for their training year
  • Trainees receive a salary from the school, and work towards achieving Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), whilst teaching up to 90% of the timetable of a qualified teacher
  • Trainees also gain at least 20 days of teaching experience in a contrasting placement school
  • They attend up to 10 days of college-based training sessions, with the equivalent of 50 further days of training led by school staff
  • Assessment is via the portfolio of evidence for QTS and a 6000-word written assignment


A minimum 2:2 degree (usually including at least 50% in the subject you wish to teach) or a qualification recognised as equivalent by the University of London.

GCSE grade C or above, or an equivalent qualification, in English language and mathematics. Applicants without these English or mathematics qualifications at the time they apply may be considered, but they must obtain them, or pass an equivalency test set by King's before the course starts.

All applicants applying for Initial Teacher Training (ITT) courses must have successfully passed the literacy and numeracy professional skills tests before they enrol for the course.

A minimum of 3 years' work experience (full time equivalent). This need not be directly teaching-related, but experience of teaching would be an advantage.

Personal qualities

We are looking for people with:

  • commitment to teaching;
  • good communication skills (both oral and written);
  • good interpersonal skills;
  • a good knowledge of their specialist subject
  • an ability to explain ideas clearly;
  • potential to manage young people effectively;
  • awareness of current educational issues;
  • commitment to equal opportunities
  • perseverance and stamina
  • successful experience of interacting with young people
  • flexibility of mind and potential to change
  • the ability to recognise their own strengths and weaknesses
  • the ability to think and reason clearly
  • the ability to engage interest and communicate their enthusiasm for their subject

The interview

In the interview we will be looking for evidence that you have the qualities shown above.  Candidates may be asked to do a presentation, or to do some work in the classroom, which may include:

  • Small group teaching
  • Supporting students in a class taught by another teacher
  • Teaching a whole class for a short episode, e.g. 20 mins
  • Teaching a whole lesson

Candidates may be asked to complete a written task.  There may be an opportunity for them to meet members of the department in which they will be employed.