The assessment process has two stages, and are comprised of a range of practical activities and interviews, including:
- A formal interview with members of the United Teaching team and senior teachers. This will explore your motivation to teach, your experience in education or working with young people and your personal values with regard to teaching;
- A discussion with a student panel. This will provide the opportunity for you to meet some of our students, drawn from a range of year groups, and find out more about our schools from their perspective;
- A written ‘data assessment task’ focused on school-based information that will enable us to establish how you handle student data and your ability to make written arguments in an organised and rational manner. The information for this test is provided on the day and lasts 20 minutes;
- A group debate exercise with other candidates about a relevant topic. The information you need is provided for you on the day. Having an awareness of key current educational matters is useful for this activity; and
- A tour of the school and an introduction to the programme;
If you are successful on stage one you will be short-listed for the second stage of assessment. This is the opportunity to teach a prepared 30-minutes observed lesson to a class of students at the placement school of your choice within the group. This is followed by a reflective discussion on your lesson with the observer (usually a senior teacher or head of department in the school). What went well and how could you have made it even better? Your lesson topic, year group and the context for the children in your class will be shared with you in advance.