How to apply for our Training Programme and what to expect from a selection day designed to spot people with the potential to become great teachers.
We’re looking for people with the attributes to become great teachers and our selection process is structured to find out if you’ve got what it takes. We’re searching for potential not the finished product.
Whether you get a place on our Training Programme or not your development is important to us. That’s why we’ve created a process that builds your skills and experience. Here’s how it works:
- Start by completing the online application form. It asks for your degree and academic qualifications achieved before your degree, as well as information about yourself and any preferences you may have in terms of where and what you teach.
We also ask you to answer three questions that explore your competencies and take a situational judgement test. This looks at how you’d respond to scenarios you’re likely to face while teaching.
- Your application will be screened by two trained assessors who won’t have access to any of your personal details, to make sure it’s a bias-free process. You’ll hear the outcome of this within ten working days. If you’re successful you’ll be invited to a selection day, which is usually held at our head office in London.
- The selection day involves a competency-based interview, participating in a group case study and teaching a sample lesson.
You’ll get more details on these, as well as travel and other information, when we invite you to come along. Seven days before your selection day we’ll send you a list of lesson titles, you’ll select one to base your sample lesson on.
We’ll also give you a call to talk through the structure of the day and what happens afterwards. It’s also a good chance to ask any questions you have.
Although it’s tempting to spend lots of time planning your lesson, it’s important to remember each part of the day carries equal weight. So don’t overlook preparing for your interview. Think about how you’ll demonstrate the competencies we think make a great teacher, which you can read more about here.
- You’ll hear from us within three weeks. If you’re successful you’ll receive a provisional offer which includes the curriculum area you’ll teach and the region you’ll be based in. It’ll also include information about the tasks you need to complete to confirm your offer, including:
- sending reference details covering the past two years
- booking and completing your professional skills tests – the government’s numeracy and literacy tests that everyone going into teacher training must pass
- completing a curriculum knowledge assessment. As part of this you'll develop a development plan to get your knowledge up to speed for the subjects you’ll teach. This will be assessed by a tutor from one of our partner universities.
If you’re not successful you’ll get a chance to discuss feedback on your performance and what attributes you can work on, over the phone.
- Once you’ve successfully completed everything we need, we’ll confirm our offer and you can begin preparations to join the programme!