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Our selection process

Our selection process

Our selection process is clearly structured. When you’ve submitted your online application we’ll let you know within ten working days whether you’re invited to the next stage, our development centre in London.

Application form
We look for specific competencies throughout our application process, from your online application form onward. Understanding them, and applying them properly, can go a long way towards a successful application.

Our development centre

The majority of our selection days are hosted at our London development centre. However, over the coming months we are trialling a small number of selection days in Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester and Newcastle. If you would like to be considered for one of our selection days in a development centre outside of London, please contact a member of our recruitment team as soon as possible after opening your application to discuss potential options. Selection days will be filled on a first come, first serve basis, and attendees will be prioritised based on current location.

Provisional offer
If you’re successful at our development centre, you’ll receive a provisional offer for our Leadership Development Programme within three weeks. Your offer will be for a particular local area and curriculum area. You’ll need to complete some work to have your offer confirmed.

Confirmed offer
Once your offer has been confirmed you can start preparation for Summer Institute - our intensive five-week training programme. In the meantime, we’ll work to match you with a school; this process takes time, and being matched can happen anytime up to, or even during, Summer Institute.

Apply early to avoid missing out
We recruit on a rolling basis and fill our vacancies as soon as we find candidates that meet our competencies and academic requirements. This means that the most popular subjects fill up very early, so we recommend that you apply as soon as possible.

Our recruitment team are here to help and keep you informed every step of the way, so if you're ever unsure of the next stage then don't hesitate to get in touch at recruitment@teachfirst.org.uk.

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