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.

Covid 19 – Current Interview Process

Due to COVID-19 restrictions in schools, our interview process has changed. We will no longer be holding interviews on the school site; they will be held online for the foreseeable future. The interview process has been split into two steps:
The first step will involve the completion of maths, English and subject knowledge audits which will be sent in an interview pack, via email to be completed on google docs.
The second step will be a formal interview over Zoom. You will be required to put together a 15 minute starter lesson which will be discussed at the interview.
If you have applied for a school direct placement and you are successful at the first interview, you will be required to have a shorter, follow up online interview with a member of the school direct school.

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

Follow this link for hints and tips on how to ace a video interview.

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Pre Covid (this recruitment process is temporarily suspended)

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

Primary SCITT Tuition Fee applicants – If selected for interview, you will be invited to spend the day at one of our Primary Schools where you will deliver a book based activity to a group of pupils. The day will continue with the following tasks: a maths and English proficiency audit; primary subject knowledge audits; a written task and  an individual formal interview.

Secondary SCITT Tuition Fee applicants – If selected for interview, you will be invited to spend the day at Wildern School where you will deliver a short teaching activity to a group of pupils. The day will continue with the following tasks: a maths and English proficiency audit;  subject knowledge audits for your specific subject; a written task and 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 positive 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.

We aim to be fully inclusive in our interviewing process and will be pleased to discuss any reasonable adjustments that might be needed for your day with us. 

The Wildern Partnership SCITT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects 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.