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Our Interview Process

Due to the volume of applications we receive, it is not always possible to interview everyone who meets the essential requirements.  If this is the case, we select applicants for interview using both academic and nonacademic criteria.

Candidates invited to interview will participate in the following process:

  • An interview with a panel typically comprised of the Director of the Hampshire LEARN SCITT Partnership and a subject specialist
  • A subject knowledge task to assess the candidate's subject knowledge against the requirements of the school curriculum (for Secondary applicants)
  • A literacy task
  • A teaching task
  • A 5 minute presentation on the importance of your subject to the secondary curriculum

[Any change to the interview process will be clearly explained in the letter which invites applicants to interview]

There are two rounds of interviews for School Direct (salaried) candidates.  The first round mirrors the process above.  The second round will take place in the schools which are offering salaried places and will involve a formal interview and a teaching task.  Candidates may well be called to interview at more than one school.  Once the interviews have been completed, the schools will decide whether or not to offer candidates a place.  If a candidate is unsuccessful in gaining an offer at any school in this second round, they will not be offered a School Direct (salaried) place.  Schools will rank order successful candidates and the candidates will be asked to rank order the schools.  We will do our best to meet both parties’ requirements; however, the schools’ preference will take precedence over the candidates’ preference.

We are looking for:

  • A desire to teach and enthuse young people
  • An awareness of the challenges of teaching
  • An awareness of the challenges of the training programme
  • Commitment
  • Strong subject-based academic background
  • Good communication skills
  • An ability to engage young people in learning
  • Up to date school experience in the relevant key stages
  • An awareness of current educational issues
  • Familiarity with the curriculum for the relevant key stages
  • Adaptability, perseverance and professionalism

Throughout this process, the emphasis is placed on generating a pleasant, informal and welcoming atmosphere in which candidates are able to gain as much information about the programme as they require in order to accept a place if it is offered subsequently. 

It is essential that all applicants bring the following items to interview:

  • Photographic identification (either your driver's license or passport)
  • Your original GCSE certificates (or certified statements of results) for English and Mathematics
  • Your original degree certificate
  • Pass letters for the Professional Skills tests (or confirmation that they have been booked)

After the interview: Decisions about the offer of places are made very soon after the interviews and the outcomes communicated through UCAS. Unsuccessful candidates are offered feedback on their performance. 


Recruitment and selection procedures are rigorous and extremely effective.
Ofsted - Nov 2016
In the three years since its inception, only approximately one in five of those who apply are awarded a place on the programme.
Ofsted - Nov 2016