Recruitment & Assessment Process

The assessment day will take place in one of our SCITT partner schools. The day will consist of a number of different elements which will allow us to assess whether you have the key attributes to become a trainee at Barr Beacon SCITT. During the assessment day you will complete:

A Subject Knowledge Assessment

A 60-minute test of your subject knowledge and a 15-minute test of the quality of your written English.

A Teaching Episode

A 15-minute teaching activity in your subject.

A Presentation on Teaching Pedagogy

A 5-minute pre-prepared presentation on a given topic area with a short Q&A session.

An Interview

A formal interview on all aspects of becoming a teacher. There is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have.

What are we looking for?

Throughout the assessment day you will be assessed against the essential skills, qualities and attributes that a Barr Beacon SCITT trainee can demonstrate.


We are looking for our trainees to:


Subject Knowledge

  • Have a good knowledge and understanding of the subject area and the teaching of it.
  • Be able to demonstrate that they have completed research into their subject area.
  • Have a good breadth and depth of knowledge of their subject.
  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of written English.


Aptitude for Teaching

  • Be able to employ engaging and effective teaching strategies.
  • Be able to demonstrate resilience.
  • Be able to manage situations, which may be challenging, highly effectively showing flexibility and adaptability.
  • Demonstrate a real desire and passion to want to become a teacher.
  • Be confident and highly articulate both verbal and written English.
  • Display an understanding of the role of a teacher and the characteristics of great teaching.


School Experience and Wider Professional Responsibilities

  • Have an understanding of the relevant age phase and subject area which will most likely come from relevant school experience.
  • Be able to comment and reflect on these experiences and discuss how they might influence teaching practice.
  • Be able to reflect on the professional duties of a teacher and take ownership of their professional development.
Disclosure and Barring Service Checks

At Barr Beacon SCITT we are guided by the Department for Education’s guidance on Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2019) and all offers to Barr Beacon SCITT are subject to enhanced DBS clearance prior to the commencement of the course.

Health and Physical Capacity to Teach

Barr Beacon SCITT has a responsibility to ensure that trainees have the health and physical capacity to teach. This will take the form of a questionnaire prior to the commencement of the course.

Background Checks

At Barr Beacon SCITT all trainees are subject to a TRA prohibition to teach check, a disqualification check and a right to work check. In addition we may contact references from a trainee’s application for further information if required.

There is an opportunity at interview for applicants to discuss all statutory checks in more detail.

Equality and Diversity

Barr Beacon SCITT is committed to promoting and practicing equality of opportunity, valuing diversity and eliminating harassment and discrimination. We are an inclusive organisation which welcomes and treats both staff and trainees fairly and equally regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnic origin or nationality. Our workforce should be representative of the communities we serve. Legislation designed to eliminate unfair discrimination and promote equality of opportunity is in place and is adhered to by the SCITT, which include:

The Equality Act (2010) Race Relations Amendment Act (RRAA) (2000) The Disability Discrimination Acts (1995 and 2005) The Protection from Harassment Act (1997) Special Educational Needs and Disability Act (2001)

The SCITT provides opportunities for applicants to identify any special arrangements that they may require. Applicants can find further information on Page 7 of their Assessment Day Information Pack.