Our aim is to be able to identify the highest quality candidates that meet our success criteria; those best prepared to begin QTS assessment and most likely to be graded as "Exceeds Teachers’ standards" by the end of their training.
Stage 1 – Application
Initially, you need to apply to us through UCAS. Visit our ‘How to apply’ page for more details on how to find us!
You will then need to complete the UCAS application form. More information about this process can be found here.
As part of the process you will need to identify two referees which are submitted online. Should your initial application be successful, we will also need to contact them directly regarding your suitability to work with children as part of our safer recruitment processes.
Stage 2 – Interview
If your application is successful we will invite you to an interview at one of our partner schools. We usually see candidates demonstrate the following in successful applications and interviews:
- A genuine desire to support young people and help them develop and succeed;
- Evidence of a commitment to and an understanding of a career in teaching;
- A proactive and reflective approach to their own development;
- The ability to relate to and engage with young people;
- A passion for their subject;
- Excellent interpersonal skills;
- Effective communication skills including the ability to explain concepts clearly;
- Initiative, innovation and resilience.
The interview process includes:
• Teaching a lesson
You will be asked to teach a 25 minute lesson based on a given a topic/learning objective and some class data which you will receive prior to interview. We do take into account that you may never have taught before so we aren’t looking for a perfect lesson! Instead, we will be considering your potential to become a teacher!
You will be asked to present a 10 minute pre-prepared presentation to a panel of specialists working in our partner schools. This is designed to test your knowledge of the British education system and your oracy skills.
• Interview Panel
You will have a 30 minute interview with a panel of specialists working in our partner schools. The interview will cover the following areas:
- Your reasons for wanting to teach;
- Your understanding of the role of the teacher;
- Your own skills and attributes and how these might support you in being an outstanding teacher;
- Current issues in education.
• Document check
A member of the YTCA SCITT team will check all of the documents which you have brought to interview.
• Subject knowledge audit (Primary Candidates ONLY) – sent prior to interview
This is designed to assess the breadth and depth of your knowledge across the Primary curriculum (in addition to the panel interview).
• Numeracy & literacy tests (Primary Candidates ONLY)
These are designed to test your literacy & numeracy skills in relation to the Primary curriculum. You are advised to bring a calculator with you to your interview.
• Subject knowledge and literacy test (Secondary Candidates ONLY)
You will complete a short test which is designed to test your subject knowledge (in addition to your teaching and the panel interview). This will include a question requiring a longer written response which is designed to test your use of written English and capacity to communicate in writing. This will be collected and marked and the outcomes presented to the Interview Team.
In addition to this, Modern Foreign Languages candidates will undertake a speaking test with a specialist to check fluency in their chosen language(s).
Stage 3 – Outcome
You are likely to be informed of the outcome of your interview on the day, although we will also update UCAS with the formal outcome.
If you are unsuccessful
If you are unsuccessful, we will send you interview feedback based on the selection criteria. You are very welcome to reapply next academic year. If you choose to do so, you should reflect upon the feedback provided in order to help you plan what to do so that you can improve your application.
If you are successful
If your interview is successful and you are made an offer, you will be notified by UCAS and in writing by ourselves. The letter will include any specific conditions of your offer. If you have any queries regarding your offer conditions, you must contact the SCITT Programmes Lead immediately and certainly within 14 days of the date on the offer letter.
Please accept your offer as soon as possible on UCAS: we are keen to support and engage with our incoming candidates prior to the commencement of NCTL registration.
If you agree to accept the offer of a place on one of our SCITT programmes, it is essential that you ensure that all documentation in relation to you being legally able to train within educational settings, is provided by you within 30 days of you receiving a conditional offer from the SCITT Administration Team.
You will not be able to begin your training unless you have paid your fees and meet all the conditions of your offer.
Stage 4 – Preparing to start the programme
When accepted onto the programme, you can begin to read the following to support your development and understanding of education:
- current educational materials e.g. Times Educational Supplement, links such as Department for Education;
- the Teachers’ Standards and become familiar with the basis for all initial teacher training;
- advice for Ofsted inspectors inspecting Initial Teacher Training, particularly from page 29;
- the Framework for content of Initial Teacher Training (ITT) 2006 so that you understand what will be covered by the programme;
- the Ofsted inspectors School Inspection Handbook to familiarise yourself with what makes a good or outstanding school.
You could also spend time gaining more experience in the classroom familiarising yourself with what teachers do as part of their role and how they manage classroom behaviour.