Selection Process

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:

Activity with a group of between 6-10 pupils  (ages 6-8 years old)

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:

  • Build a rapport with the pupils;
  • Engage with the pupils providing opportunities for questioning and responding to their questions and clarification;
  • Communicate clearly and appropriately with the pupils;
  • Use the task as a vehicle to extend their knowledge and understanding;
  • Actively involve all pupils in the task;
  • Demonstrate initiative and creative thinking;
  • Interact with the pupils;
  • Maintain good pupil behaviour;
  • Take a risk;
  • Make the activity ‘fun’;
  • Demonstrate a presence in the classroom.

Complete a written task

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.

Undertake a formal interview

The panel will assess:

  • Your personal and intellectual qualities suitable for teaching;
  • Your ability to reflect on teaching and learning;
  • Your experience of working with children in schools or in more informal settings, and how this informs your knowledge of child development;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the responsibilities and qualities of teachers and knowledge of current educational topics such as special educational needs and disabilities;
  • Awareness of the importance of effective behaviour management strategies, inclusion and safeguarding;
  • Knowledge of the role parents and carers play;
  • Ability to establish good working relationships;
  • Ability to adapt to unexpected situations;
  • Commitment to continuing professional development;
  • Commitment to training for QTS status and gaining the PGCE award through a workplace based course.

Take part in a group discussion with other applicants

All applicants will be observed in a group discussion with questions and scenarios based on primary education situations and issues.

Proof of identity and right to work in the UK

You will be asked to bring photographic and residency evidence to the interview day to confirm true identity. This will then be used to complete your DBS check in the summer term before the programme starts

For those applicants who are offered a place, it will be conditional on the following elements:

  • Health check to ascertain fitness to teach;
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks;
  • The passing of the two professional Skills Tests;
  • Evidence of all qualifications.

After the interview

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.

Applications for this course are handled via UCAS.

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