Selection Process

Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship

We are looking for people who have the determination to succeed, a commitment to working hard and the ability to work with others. To be a successful apprentice with us, you will need excellent interpersonal and communication skills. You will be able to show enthusiasm for your subject and demonstrate a strong desire to work with children and make a difference in their lives. You will be willing to listen to advice and act on it in order to continually improve and develop as a teacher. In addition, you will need to have a good understanding of what working as a teacher involves and an awareness of the rewards and challenges that a career in teaching involves.

If you meet all of the entry requirements and can demonstrate through your personal statement that you have compelling reasons for wishing to be a teacher, you will be invited to interview.

The assessment day is a half-day and will be based in your school. You will complete a number of tasks during the day which may include:

  • A formal interview
  • A group presentation task and discussion
  • A written task
  • A short teaching activity
  • An unseen task

The interview panel will usually consist of a representative from one of our partnership schools and Star Institute.

The interview panel will consider your:

  • Quality of subject knowledge
  • Ability to communicate effectively and explain difficult concepts
  • Capacity to establish effective relationships inside and outside the classroom
  • Passion and drive to deliver the highest quality of educational standards
  • Commitment to develop as an educator of character
  • Suitability to train to teach and to meet the Teachers’ Standards by the end of the apprenticeship
  • Flexibility to adapt to change and ability to think instantaneously
  • Resilience and your ability to commit to tasks
  • Time management and organisation.