Selection and Interview

Applications are scrutinised by the SCITT Directors and successful applicants are notified via the UCAS Teacher Training website and will also receive an email inviting them to a day’s selection process.

We are looking for candidates who are:

  • well organised and able to prioritise tasks and meet deadlines
  • resilient and calm under pressure
  • reflective and analytical
  • flexible and professional
  • able to relate well to others
  • able to learn quickly in a fast-paced environment

The assessment day comprises a two stage process as follows:


Stage 1

a) Individual five minute ‘micro teach’ to the other candidates
b) Group discussion between all candidates
c) Individual classroom teaching activity with a small group of children
d) Selection of those candidates who have shown sufficient potential to continue through to Stage 2 of the process.


Stage 2

e) GCSE-level tests in Maths and Science
f) Written Critical Analysis
g) Formal individual Interview with the Directors and a Partner School Head Teacher

N.B Before any candidate is admitted to an ITT programme, he or she must also be deemed fully suitable to become a teacher, in order to protect children and young people from trainee teachers who might put them at risk of harm because their previous conduct shows that they are unsuitable for teaching. A range of background checks are made to ensure this, as outlined in the statutory Department for Education (DfE) (2016) guidance: initial teacher training criteria and supporting advice.