How can you apply?
You can apply through the Department of Educations Find service.
Applicants will be filtered at 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 the online system please do not hesitate to contact us.
Once we have received your application we will confirm receipt of your application.
Depending on the nature of your application details, we may seek additional information before short listing:
- If you are an Overseas applicant you will be asked to send ENIC* documentation and residency and right to work information if this is necessary.
- 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 Employing School (or other partner school) employment application form which has a safer recruitment function.
- You may be offered the opportunity to visit one of our Partner schools before short listing. (This may not be possible with the current Covid19 restrictions)
Shortlisting for interview will be solely on the basis of application documentation and any additional documentation supplied.
If your Application is successful at shortlisting you will be invited to Interview.
What will my Interview involve?
Please note that in light of the current situation with COVID-19 our interview process may differ from the activities listed below.
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. (Original documentation will be viewed online in the first instance)
- Lesson Observation:
If you are applying for a Salaried training place you will be asked to present a thirty minute observed lesson.
If you are applying for a Fee-Paying training place you will be expected to present for around twenty minutes.
We will send you details of the topic for your lesson observation prior to the interview.
Observation and feedback will be made by a Subject specialist, Head of Department, Professional Tutor or Primary Headteacher.
- Written Task – a two part précis and opinion writing task.
- Numeracy Task – a short basic numeracy paper.
- 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 Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
DBS checks will be completed by the employing school for Salaried Trainees. For 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.
- 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 your responses to the 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 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 Team 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.