Candidates whose application form shows that they meet our short listing criteria will be invited to the interview day.
Interviews will be held in the following weeks: 23-27 November, 14-18 December, 14-22 January, 1-5 February, 22-25 February, 21-25 March. Further interview dates will be added should they become necessary.
Candidates are encouraged to have passed the 2 Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy before attending interview. If this is not possible, then following the interview day candidates offered a place will receive a letter of offer subject to their passing the tests within 2 months of the interview day, and at the latest the 2nd week in July. Candidates are encouraged to advise us of any special needs before the Interview Day to help prepare for their visit.
The selection process will involve:
The applicant is to be advised of which school the interviews will be held in where they will complete this task.
During this session the observer will assess your ability to:
You will be asked to complete a short comprehension to check your spelling, grammar and handwriting. You will also be asked to complete a short maths test.
The panel will assess:
All applicants will be observed in a group discussion with questions and scenarios based on primary education situations and issues.
For those applicants who are offered a place, it will be conditional on the following elements:
Applicants will receive feedback on their performance, identifying areas of further development including audits of subject knowledge to be undertaken in preparation for the programme starting in September.
Applicants will be recommended to return to the classroom to undertake some structural English observations covering guided and shared reading and writing, systematic synthetic phonics and lesson observations of Mathematics and Science together with a reading list before the programme starts. Applicants are encouraged to spend as much time with primary age children as possible before the beginning of the programme.
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