For the University of Reading

Successful candidates will need to meet the entry requirements of both the school and the training institute:- 

All candidates must have at least a C grade (or equivalent) for GCSE Maths and English.


Candidates should normally have a 1st, 2:1 or 2:2 honours degree in a subject that is closely related to the subject they intend to teach.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses are offered by Reading University in Maths, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, English and Computing. These courses are for candidates whose degree included an element of the subject they intend to teach or who have extensive experience in the subject. They are designed to enable candidates to develop the level of specialist knowledge required to teach their chosen subject. These programmes vary in length from two week 'refresher' or 'booster' programmes, through to twelve week intensive programmes. If this may be of interest, you should apply for a place to train as a teacher first, because having the offer of a training place is a prerequisite for being accepted on a SKE course. For further details click here.

Skills tests 

For all programme applicants must successfully complete professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy before they can enrol on a programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Applicants are given three opportunities to pass the tests but if they fail three times they are required to wait 24 months before retaking. The tests must be taken and passed before commencing teacher training. For further information on the skills test please click here

All applicants are expected to have gained some experience in a state secondary school prior to interview. 



About Us

Teach Maidenhead is the foremost teacher training provider west of London. We provide up to 60 unsalaried secondary School Direct places. Our teacher training courses are organised in conjunction with The University of Reading.


Phone: 01628 625308 (Ext 129)

Email: info@teachmaidenhead.co.uk

Address: Teach Maidenhead, Furze Platt Senior School, Furze Platt Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 7NQ


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