Our Interview Process

We will provide further information on our interview dates upon receipt of your application. 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 Wildern School where you will deliver a presentation, undertake a Subject Knowledge based test, a written task and the formal interview.

Secondary SCITT Tuition Fee applicants – If shortlisted for interview you will be invited to Wildern School where you will manage a teaching activity, deliver a presentation, undertake a Subject Knowledge based test, a written task and the formal interview.

School Direct Salaried applicants – If shortlisted for interview you will initially be invited to Wildern School where you will deliver a presentation, undertake a Subject Knowledge based test, a written task and the formal interview. If placements in your subject are available at more than one school you will be asked at the interview to rank the schools in order of preference. If you are successful in this first round your ranking preference will be taken into consideration when selecting your placement school. You will then be invited to a second interview at this placement school where you will be asked to manage a teaching activity and undergo a further interview.

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.