The Selection Process

Throughout the selection process we will be assessing whether you have the personal qualities and attributes appropriate for a teacher; the potential to complete the programme and become a good or outstanding teacher; and the potential to meet the Department of Education’s Teachers’ Standards.

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Stage 1: Pre-Selection
Scrutiny of Application Form
The first stage of the selection process is scrutiny of the application form. We will looking for evidence that you have met (or have the potential to meet) the entry requirements. You should ensure that you demonstrate this explicitly when completing your application form.
Stage 1: Pre-Selection
Stage 2: Selection Day
English Tasks
Spelling task:
Candidates will undertake a short spelling activity, where they will be given a selection of words and will have to select the word spelt correctly.
Punctuation task:
Candidates will be given a short passage of writing, where they will be asked to add the missing punctuation to the sentences.
Writing Task:
Candidates will be asked to prepare a response to a given question. This will give the candidate the opportunity to demonstrate that they can write accurately in Standard English. All of the tasks above will be marked for spelling, punctuation and grammar.
Stage 2: Selection Day
You will be asked to bring a number of documents with you to the selection day. It is very important that you bring the required documentation.
In order to assess your potential to teach, including the ability to present information clearly, and to reflect on your performance in order to improve performance you will be asked to carry out a short presentation. You will be asked to present to two other candidates and will be required to prepare this in advance.
You will be asked a series of questions designed to assess your potential, this will include questions designed to assess your personal skills and qualities.
Indication of Outcome
The selection day will take place over Zoom; we try to give an indication of outcome on the day. We provide feedback to unsuccessful candidates. Successful candidates are set personalised pre course learning, which is informed by the information gathered throughout the selection process.


At SCITTELS we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and so all successful applicants will be required to obtain an enhanced DBS certificate, including a check of the barred list.