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.
A Teaching Episode
A 15-minute teaching activity in your subject.
A baseline audit of your Fundamental English and mathematics skills
All trainees will complete a 60-minute audit of your Fundamental English and mathematical skills.
A Presentation on Teaching Pedagogy
A 5-minute pre-prepared presentation on a given topic area with a short Q&A session.
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. These are listed below:
Wider Professional Responsibilities
Aptitude for Teaching
Fundamental English and Mathematics
Entrants to teacher training courses are no longer required to pass the skills tests before starting teacher training. Trainees are expected to be competent in and demonstrate their competence in Fundamental English and mathematics by the end of their training before being recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The Department for Education defines Fundamental English and mathematics skills as the following:
An applicant’s competence in these areas will be audited at interview and, if successful in the assessment day process, a targeted plan will be drawn up for your training year. It is the trainee’s responsibility to secure these fundamental skills in order to be awarded QTS.