How can you apply?
Applications for all of our Teacher Training programmes can be made through UCAS.
Applicants will be filtered at UCAS application stage to ensure essential criteria are met and a short list formed on the basis of suitability of qualifications, references and personal statements. Please see our Entry Requirements for further details on our application criteria.
If you have any queries regarding your application through UCAS please do not hesitate to contact us.
Once we have received your application we will confirm receipt of your application by email.
Depending on the nature of your UCAS application details, we may seek additional information before short listing:
- If you are an Oversees applicant you will be asked to send NARIC* documentation and residency and right to work information if this is necessary.
The National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom (UK NARIC) provides advice on the equivalence of overseas qualifications. UK NARIC can be contacted at: UK NARIC, Oriel House, Oriel Road, Cheltenham, GL50 1XP. Tel: 0871 330 7033; fax: 0871 330 7005
- If you are applying for Salaried Teacher Training you will be asked to send a CV (which is used to explore work experience) and to complete the Leventhorpe (or other partner school) employment application form which has a safer recruitment function.
- If you haven’t had five days recent (within two years) experience in an educational setting will be asked to attend at least one full day of work experience in a partner school.
- You may be offered the opportunity to visit one of our Partner schools before short listing.
Short listing for interview will be solely on the basis of UCAS documentation and additional documentation supplied.
If your UCAS Application is successful at shortlisting you will be invited to Interview in one of partner Schools.
What will my Interview involve?
Our Teacher Training Interviews follow a similar format to employment interviews conducted in our schools and are based around a carousel of activities. You will participate in the following:
- Document check: You will be asked to bring to your interview original certificates of your qualifications. Candidates who are yet to graduate, will be given offers conditional on the successful completion of first degree qualification.
- Lesson Observation:
If you are applying for a Salaried training place you will be asked to a 30 minute observed lesson.
If you are applying for a Fee-Paying training place you will be expected to present for around twenty minutes to a groups of students.
We will send you details of the topic for your lesson observation.
Observation and feedback will be made by the normal class teacher or Head of Department.
- Student Panel Interviews: you will answer questions on how you would contribute to the school community (up to 30 mins). The panel of sixth form students will usually be chaired by a Senior Prefect.
- Written Task – a two part précis and opinion writing task.
- Social time spent with members of the appropriate curriculum team.
- Panel interview where your CV and application form is explored, discussing your subject knowledge and personal qualities (45 mins).
This meeting is chaired by the Training Manager with a subject specialist on the panel. Where practically possible, a professional tutor from one of the partnership schools will join the panel to provide quality assurance and good judgement.
All selection processes have been reviewed and approved in respect of the equality schemes of the participating schools and are conscious of the nine protected characteristics. (See Our Policies on the website)
We aim to give applicants prompt feedback on their performance at interview. Generally, we aim to feedback on the evening of your interview or on the following working day. Feedback will be given by the SCITT Training Manager.
If you are successful at interview you will be briefed on the next stages and any conditions attached to your offer:
- All offers will be conditional on the completion of a satisfactory DBS check.
Salaried trainees the DBS check will be completed by the employing school.
Fee-paying trainees the DBS will be conducted by Leventhorpe School’s normal provider under the supervision of the school personnel manager.
- All offers will be conditional on the completion of a satisfactory medical questionnaire and fitness to teach assessment supervised by the school personnel manager.
- All applicants will need to pass their Professional Skills Tests. The Bishop’s Stortford Educational Trust (BSET) SCITT does not generally expect to support applicants with the completion of their skills tests. An exception could be where applicants need assistance in receiving appropriate access arrangements in the interests of equality.
- Some applications will be conditional on the completion of a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course (SKE). It is expected that only applicants in shortage subjects with significant industry experience, are possibly going to meet our criteria without possessing appropriate subject knowledge.
- Some applications could be made conditional on the completion of a period of additional school experience at a partnership school.
During your post interview debrief, you may also be set informal subject learning objectives based on their responses to panel interview. These are commonly objectives to review rusty areas of subject knowledge, or research the National Curriculum or examination specifications in a given area.
We will update your application on UCAS to reflect the outcome of your interview, along with any conditions of your offer and also send you a letter confirming the conditions of your offer and next steps.
Our SCITT administrators will keep in touch with you throughout the year and are always at the end of the phone should you have any queries.
You will be invited to our Trainee Induction Day in June, where you will have the opportunity to meet fellow trainees, learn more about the course and your training placements schools before starting your training in September.