Train to Teach
Application & Interview Process
Teacher Training Application Process
Step 1 - Thinking about the Application Process
- Arrange a day or more of school experience to help strengthen your application.
- Contact your referees and explain that you are applying for a teacher training course.
- Think about how you will finance the course.
- Research bursaries and scholarship opportunities.
Step 2 - 'Find' service
- Click on the image on the left to go directly to the website.
- When you have found your preferred course, click on ‘Apply for this course’. If you haven’t already created a user account, you will have the opportunity to do so here.
- If required, our provider code is 1FA.
Step 3 - Application submitted
- Prepare for interview and research the kinds of questions you may be asked.
- Look at the National Curriculum in your subject or phase. If you’re applying for a Secondary course, have a look at the GCSE specifications for your subject. If you’re Primary, familiarise yourself with the Key Stage 2 tests.
- Have a look at professional websites, such as the Chartered College of Teaching.
Step 4 - Interviews
- Reply promptly to any emails/calls from schools inviting you to interview.
- Most interviews with Stour Vale will consist of two parts: a school-based interview and a university interview. These may take place face to face or online.
Step 5 - Decisions
- If you accept an offer from us, we will invite you to our ‘boot camp’ in the summer term to prepare you for the start of your course.
Step 6 - Conditions of Offer
- The university will carry out all the necessary checks, including a DBS application.
- Conditions of your offer may also include spending a week or longer in your host school before starting your training (school experience), or undertaking a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course. These vary in length from 8 to 28 weeks depending on your level of subject knowledge. It’s worth taking into account the duration of SKEs at the point of application.
Step 7 - Teacher training begins!
Before the first day of term…
- Contact your mentor in school to clarify arrangements for the first day (this can range from car parking to dress codes).
- Check that all the relevant paperwork has been completed and submitted.
- Once the course has begun, trainees eligible for a bursary will start to receive their payments.
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