Our Interview Process

Our interviews take place throughout the year. To prepare for the interview we recommend that you familiarise yourself with the National Curriculum in the subject or age range that you are looking to train within.

Get Into Teaching also have useful information on preparing for an interview.

Primary SCITT Tuition Fee applicants – If shortlisted for interview you will initially be invited to one of our Primary Schools where you will deliver a book based activity to a group of pupils. If you are successful in this first round the interviews then continue at the primary school where during the course of the day you will; undertake a Subject Knowledge Audit, complete a written task, take part in a group activity (which is observed) and have an individual formal interview.

Secondary SCITT Tuition Fee applicants – If shortlisted for interview you will be invited to Wildern School where you will; deliver a teaching activity, undertake a Subject Knowledge Audit, complete a written task, take part in a group activity (which is observed) and have an individual formal interview.

School Direct applicants will follow the same interview process as a SCITT applicant with a member of the school direct school present.  The placement school may then ask the applicant to attend a further and shorter interview at their school.

The structure of our interview programme will enable us to assess your ability to;

  • Build a rapport and engage with the pupils
  • Actively involve all pupils in the task
  • Demonstrate initiative and creative thinking
  • Interact with the pupils
  • Maintain good pupil behaviour
  • Make the activity ‘fun’
  • Communicate clearly and grammatically in written Standard English, focusing on structure, content, spelling and grammar
  • Reflect on and critically evaluate your performance
  • Reflect on teaching and learning

During the formal interviews the panel will assess your;

  • Interaction with the panel
  • Personal and intellectual qualities suitable for teaching
  • Knowledge and understanding of the responsibilities and qualities of teachers and knowledge of current educational topics such as special educational needs and disabilities
  • Awareness of the importance of effective behaviour management strategies, inclusion and safeguarding
  • Ability to establish good working relationships
  • Ability to adapt to unexpected situations
  • Commitment to continuing professional development
  • Commitment to training for QTS status and gaining the PGCE award through a workplace based course

Our thorough and rigorous recruitment processes ensure selection of the highest quality trainees onto our programme.

Subject knowledge tasks during interview day may vary due to the nature of the subject applied for.

The Wildern Partnership SCITT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks along with other relevant employment checks.