Initial Teacher Training

Application & Interviews

Teacher Training Application Process

Step 1 - Thinking about the Application Process

  • Attend a Stour Vale Teacher Training Hub information event. There are regular online and face-to-face opportunities available throughout the year.
  • Arrange a day or more of school experience to help strengthen your application. We are happy to support potential applicants with this.
  • 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

  •  Full details of the interview process will be shared following application.
  • Please reply promptly to any emails / calls from schools inviting you to interview.
  • Interviews take place online.

Step 5 - Decisions

  • We contact all interviewees within one working day or their interview to provide feedback.
  • Successful applicants are given the opportunity to visit a potential placement school, should they wish to do so.
  • If you accept an offer from us, we will invite you to our pre-course induction in the summer term to prepare you for the start of your course. Attendance is not compulsory although feedback from trainees who do attend is always very positive as they say it helps to settle any pre-course nerves.

Step 6 - Conditions of Offer

  • The university will carry out all the necessary checks, including a DBS application.
  • At Secondary, your conditional offer may involve undertaking a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course. These vary in length from 8 to 28 weeks depending on your level of subject knowledge. SKEs are discussed at the interview stage.

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.

Please click on the image above to search through our courses.

For all teacher training enquiries, email