If a candidate is currently working in a school and would ideally like to be placed there, then this should be discussed with the Headteacher in advance of submitting an application. If the school is able/ willing to support you then the Headteacher will need to contact us to confirm, this can be achieved online by visiting the Contacts page, we will then get in touch with them to discuss further. Candidates in this situation will still need to complete the same recruitment and selection process and still may not be offered a place if they do not meet the criteria or are deemed ineligible by the panel.
Candidates who are not currently employed by a school- or whose school is unable to sponsor them- will absolutely not be disadvantaged, we have a wide partnership of schools all of whom have different needs, a different ethos and are looking for different things. For candidates in this situation we will use the decision making protocol to find the best match for you.
Although it is not essential to have a pre-existing relationship with a school it is worth noting that a relationship can be built even by those who are not currently employed by a school and we would recommend this to all applicants, where possible. Many candidates in recent years, who arranged experience days and observation visits in schools before applying, then went on to be placed in those schools. This can be a great way of ‘getting your foot in the door’ and making your skills and experience known to a school which may well want to employ you in the future.
Visiting Tutor Andrea Hooton shares her observations when visiting an Associate Teacher:
“The quality and impact of mentoring was exemplary at the school. The mentor and partner teacher work highly effectively with the Associate Teacher (AT), but also set challenging expectations in terms of the AT’s development. They are extremely proud of how far the AT has come since September and feel that she is making excellent progress towards Qualified Teacher Status. The AT also feels highly supported by the school. The provision offered by the school is good, allowing the AT to observe other teachers when certain aspects are signposted, they offer support with planning and interventions, attending pupil progress meetings, parents meetings and more, so that the AT feels fully supported and included in the life of the school.”