Recruitment and Selection Day

If your application is successful we will invite you to a stage one Recruitment and Selection Day.  Until March 2020 all our Recruitment and Selection processes involved a range of different elements and took place as a face-to-face process in one of our partnership schools.  Given current circumstances, we have adapted this process so that we can continue to meet applicants and undertake a range of activities that will hopefully give you a good understanding of what being a teacher entails and the opportunity to demonstrate all your relevant qualities, skills and experiences.  This is a new system for us, but we hope that it will continue to be a positive and useful process for candidates.

We hold our recruitment and selection processes throughout the application cycle and our aim is to set these up at suitable times which enable candidates to complete a number of activities remotely, via video conference systems, such as Skype or Zoom.

The recruitment process will consist of the four elements below:


  • 1) Document Check [15 minutes]
  • 2) Teaching Task- Presentation and Discussion [20-30 minutes]
  • 3) Interview [20-30 minutes]
  • 4) Subject Knowledge Task [25 minutes]


Some of these elements require completion or preparation in advance and so you will need to spend some time preparing resources in the lead up to the agreed interview slot; the ‘live’ process should take just over an hour in total so you will need to find a suitable space in which this can take place.  We know that this may be challenging for some people and we will be as flexible as we can be, but it is important that we maintain a rigorous recruitment process and that you have the chance to meet our team too.

We will call candidates the day before to check any queries and test out the video-conferencing systems with you, to make sure that you are comfortable and understand what to expect.  We will also use this time to check that you have submitted any required documentation in advance and we will check your ID and qualification documentation too.

At the end of the interview process, the panel members will discuss the different elements and will decide on the most suitable outcomes for candidates.  We will contact you to explain this shortly after your interview and this will also give you a good opportunity to ask any questions you may have about our programmes and the next steps.

Tuition-fee Programmes – The interview process outlined above is the only recruitment process for tuition-fee applicants, if you are successful we will contact you via email and UCAS to make you an offer.

Salaried Programmes – For salaried programmes, there is a two-stage recruitment process. At the end of the interview process outlined above, the panel will decide which candidates they feel are suitable for the salaried programme and candidates will then be informed that they were either unsuccessful or that they have been recommended for a stage two interview. At present, arranging stage two processes with schools is significantly more challenging due to the fact that all schools are currently closed. We will discuss how this may work with you after your interview and we may need to see how things develop over the coming weeks and months. 

For further information regarding the Recruitment and Selection Day please see our sample guidance document;  more detail will be provided in advance to invited candidates.

SCITT-trained NQTs typically felt their training had prepared them better than NQTs that trained with other types of providers: SCITT-trained NQTs gave significantly higher ratings than those who trained with Teach First on 11 out of the 16 aspects of teaching asked about in the survey, and higher than HEI-led NQTs on 10 out of 16 aspects. DfE: NQTs Annual Survey Research Report 2018