Preparing for interview
Application and interview process
With any application for teacher training, you will be expected to submit a personal statement with your application. When writing your personal statement, you should think about:
- any activities you’ve undertaken to prepare for a career in teaching;
- relevant prior experience of teaching or education in its broadest sense, and what has been learned from it;
- subject expertise, from degree, other training courses and/or employment experience.
Once your application is completed and has been received by a school, they may invite you for an interview. Schools are required to interview candidates for their suitability for initial teacher training. This means that even if you’re already working for a school, you will still need to be interviewed to confirm you are eligible and suitable for initial teacher training.
Following a successful interview, the school will contact e-Qualitas to let us know they would like to offer you a place for training. If you’ve completed an application on UCAS, the e-Qualitas office will review your UCAS application and interview notes before getting in touch with the outcome of your application.
If you have not applied through UCAS, the e-Qualitas office will send to the school the appropriate application forms for you to complete. Once the school has returned the completed application and interview notes, the e-Qualitas office will review your application.