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The selection process takes place at one of Barr Beacon SCITT’s Partnership Schools, which is usually the Partnership School which you have applied to, and will involve a teaching task, a presentation on an area of teaching, a written task and a formal interview. Our SCITT partnership schools will also be involved in the interview process. We run a range of recruitment days throughout the year and offer first-hand experience through open mornings and the School Experience Programme (SEP).
In addition to the selection process outlined above, the interview day includes:
- Introduction to the course
– Introduction to mentors and course leaders
– Meeting pupils and staff
– Tour of the School
For the Barr Beacon SCITT selection process candidates will be asked to plan and teach a 15 minute lesson to a small group of students. You will be kept strictly to time. The purpose of this is to see how you interact with students and how you communicate your subject knowledge. You will be given the topic and an outline of the pupils involved in advance of the day so that you can prepare any resources. IT resources will be available.
Candidates will also be asked to plan and present a talk of 5 minutes on a topic which will be provided prior to the day. You will be kept strictly to time and IT resources will be available. The presentations will be watched by the interviewing panel and may take place in small groups which may be of candidates from other subject specialisms. You will be assessed on your ability to discuss as well as to personally and critically reflect on an area of teaching pedagogy, on your depth of understanding of the professional and personal attributes of a teacher and your communication and presentation skills. The presentation will be followed by a short Q&A session.
As part of the subject specific criteria, you will be asked to complete a written task. All teachers need to have a sound knowledge of their subject area and need to be able to write English clearly without errors of spelling, grammar or punctuation, because it is part of their job to teach pupils to do this. This task will help identify any difficulties you may have to address before joining the programme. You do not need to prepare anything in advance for this part of the interview.
The individual interview will explore subject specific issues as well as your reasons for teaching. It will explore your attitudes to young people and your understanding of what teaching entails.
You will be judged against the criteria listed below.
1. Appropriateness of subject qualifications and relevance to subject teaching
2. Capacity to extend subject knowledge
3. Awareness of the role and responsibilities of a teacher
4. Teaching experience
6. Ability to communicate effectively
7. Enthusiasm for, and commitment to, teaching
8. Awareness of personal strengths and areas of development
9. Awareness of the provider and our programme
There will be an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have at the end of the interview.
Barr Beacon SCITT
Old Hall Lane
0121 366 6600