Essential Characteristics and Interpersonal Skills

As well as the minimum academic requirements, we are looking for talented individuals who can demonstrate the positive values and interpersonal skills conducive to teaching.

In particular, we aim to recruit individuals who can:


  • demonstrate a passion for teaching and a genuine concern for children's welfare
  • demonstrate good subject knowledge and a willingness to develop this further
  • show resilience and perseverance
  • understand the rigour and commitment required to succeed on the course
  • be adaptable, creative and patient
  • proactively seek opportunities to enhance their training
  • be willing to take risks, try new approaches and demonstrate a growth mindset 
  • work under pressure

Communication and teamwork:

  • read effectively and communicate clearly and accurately in both spoken and written standard English
  • form positive relationships with individuals from all walks of life, as well as a wide range of professionals
  • work effectively within a team
  • engage an audience and motivate others

Professional conduct:

  • support the values, attitudes and ethos of our partnership schools
  • maintain the high standard of professionalism expected of Bourton Meadow trainees
  • reflect on their own practice
  • act upon advice, including constructive criticism
  • demonstrate a drive to succeed and are committed to their own professional development

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