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Application Process and Tips

The first stage of the application process is to submit a written application through the DFE *Apply for Teacher Training website

We will then quickly assess if you meet our entry requirements and then score your application against our key competencies:

  • Teaching and Learning

  • Subject Knowledge

  • Communication

  • Professionalism

  • Creativity


If your application is successful you will be invited to attend an interview.

The interview will consist of:

1. Panel interview
You will be asked a series of competency based questions by a panel of experienced practitioners and leaders.

2. Teaching
You will be asked to deliver a short lesson to the panel in line with the position and subject applied for. This will be discussed with you as part of the panel interview.


If given a conditional offer you will also need to complete the following tasks.  These tasks along with other compliance criteria will form part of the conditional offer.


3. Written task
You will be asked to complete a short written task to assess your standard of written English. This will take the form of responding to a series of school based scenarios.   For Salaried trainees, they will complete an additional planning task.

4. Subject Knowledge

Secondary trainees -you will need to complete a KS4 task based on KS4 curriculum (secondary).

Primary trainees - we will ask you to complete a KS2 task based on KS2 curriculum (primary).

The interview is not only a chance for us to assess your suitability to join our programme but also for you ask any questions.


If you are successful at interview, you will be given a conditional offer.


The conditions attached to your offer can include:


  • Successfully satisfying all safeguarding requirements 

  • Medical and DBS

You will also be required to complete a disqualification by association form.

Application Tips

f you are considering applying for our Teacher Training Programme, you need to ensure that your application stands out from the crowd.
Remember, first impressions count and the panel will want to see evidence of why you are the ideal applicant. To make sure the ideal applicant is you, it is essential that you demonstrate your potential and suitability for the training through your application. Be specific, give clear examples and let your personality shine through. Don’t leave anything to guess work, ensure the panel is left in no doubt about how you meet the requirements for entry on the training.


In order to ensure your application is the best it can be, consider the following:


  • Use the STAR technique – to enable you to use specific examples from your experience to evidence how you meet the entry criteria and key competencies (below)


   S           What was the SITUATION? Provide an overview to set up the example.

   T           What was the TASK you were undertaking?

   A           What was the ACTION you took to resolve the matter?

   R           What was the RESULT of the situation? Was it a positive outcome?


  • Demonstrate how you meet our key competencies:
         Teaching and Learning                                           


         Subject Knowledge                                                

  • Refer​ to Teaching Standards
  • Note any relevant experience(paid and unpaid) within a school, club etc with children, including your school experience days. What have you learnt from this?
  • Refer to your classroom style or visions for teaching
  • What qualities do you have that will make you an excellent teacher?
  • Avoid copying and pasting policies, statements or buzzwords that you think the panel will like. They are interested in you, someone else's words or uninteresting cliches.
  • Be honest, talk from experience and your beliefs
  • What are you passionate about?
  • Why do you want to teach? Make sure your passion comes through in your personal statement.
  • Be enthusiastic and positive about what you hope to achieve from the training
  • Visit the Get Into Teaching website
  • Ensure reference details are complete and current.
And Finally… Good luck with your application! Should you be successful at shortlisting stage, a member of the SCITT team will be in contact to invite you to interview.
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