Our Recruitment Process:
Checks pre-interview and post-interview for conditional offers are made on a true or false basis, whilst checks during interview are judged again the gradings 1-4 on the Assessment of Professional Standards at Interview Matrix.
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.
Depending on the nature of the UCAS application details, we communicate with candidates and seek additional information before short listing:
- Oversees applicants 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
- Salaried applicants 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.
- Applicants without 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.
- Applicants may be offered the opportunity to visit Leventhorpe or other schools in the partnership before short listing.
Short listing for interview will be solely on the basis of UCAS documentation and additional documentation supplied by the applicant.
Interview days will follow a similar format to employment interviews conducted in the school and are based around a carousel of activities.
Each applicant will participate in the following:
- Document check in which copies will be taken of original certificates. Candidates who are yet to graduate, will be given offers conditional on the successful completion of first degree qualification.
- Salaried applicants will also teach a 30 minute observed lesson, with Fee-Paying applicants expected to present for around twenty minutes to a groups of students. Observation and feedback will be made by the normal class teacher or Head of Department.
- Student panel interviews, where candidates answer questions on how they 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 CV is explored and subject knowledge and personal qualities discussed (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 Leventhorpe School Policy R1 Equal Opportunities 2012).
We give applicants prompt feedback on their performance at interview. Generally, we aim to feedback on the evening of interview or on the following working day. Feedback will be given by the SCITT Training Manager.
Successful applicants will be briefed on the next stages and any conditions attached to their offer:
- All offers will be conditional on the completion of a satisfactory DBS check. For salaried trainees the DBS check will be completed by the employing school and for fee-paying trainees the DBS will be conducted by Leventhorpe School’s normal provider (currently Four My Schools) 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 debrief, successful applicants will also be set informal subject learning objectives based on their responses to panel interview question 3. These are commonly objectives to review rusty areas of subject knowledge, or research the National Curriculum or examination specifications in a given area.
For unsuccessful candidates we give a brief review of the elements of the process: student panel, observed teaching activity, panel interview and written task.
For unsuccessful candidates who fall into band 2, feedback will be encouraging and focused on supporting the candidate with applications to other providers.
For unsuccessful candidates who fall into band 3, feedback will be focused on improving their presentation for future interviews, perhaps through additional fact finding or school experience.
For unsuccessful candidates who fall into band 4, feedback may include some robust comments about suitability for the profession.