Teach First is a social enterprise working for equality of Education in England and Wales. The organisation has been the biggest graduate recruiter for the past three years. Each year over 1,400 university leavers are joining the enterprise to make a difference. They are later sent to city schools where their mission is to educate and raise aspirations of students from disadvantaged background.

To help Teach First to achieve their goals it was supported by different partners from the biggest names in the UK like Accenture, Google, PwC and the Royal Navy. Throughout the time of your programme, you are able to use their wide range of support, like one-to-one leadership coaching, specialist subject support, bespoke skills sessions and summer placements.

Below you can learn about Teach First Leadership Development Programme, along with details on the application process and the various steps involved.

 

Teach First Application Process

There are 3 stages to the Teach First Application Process:

Stage 1: Online Application

  • Competency Questionnaire
  • Situational Judgement Test

Stage 2: Telephone Interview

Stage 3: Assessment Centre (steps will differ depending on the route)

  • Competency Based Interview
  • Case – Study and Self- Evaluation
  • Sample Teaching Lesson and Self- Evaluation

 

Teach First Psychometric Tests

Psychometric tests are the first stage of Teach First Leadership Programme in accessing the key qualities and skills required from a candidate to be successful in their role as teachers. Applicants are asked to complete a Competency Questionnaire, Situational Judgement Test, and a Value-Based Questionnaire.

 

Teach First Competency Questionnaire/ Written Exercise

Teach First is a value-driven organisation, so upon applying, candidates will have to demonstrate certain qualities to prove their alignment. The Teach First Competency Questionnaire aim is to check if applicants already have what it takes to be a good teacher.

At this point, you would be advised to do your research and learn competencies that are recognized by the organization as attributes of an effective Teach First ambassador. Next step would be to neatly model them through your application process.

Optionally, candidates are verified through a written exercise, in which they need to provide the answers to an open Competency Question.

If you are successful, you will be expected to act accordingly to these values during the Leadership Programme.

 

Teach First Situational Judgement Test

The Teach First Situational Judgment Test is a set of questions assessing how you might react to hypothetical events and situations that might be encountered while performing your job as a Teach First ambassador. Based on your answers to these questions, it will be verified how aligned you are with values and behaviors respected and desired by the organization.
Whilst Situational Judgement Tests vary in form, usually, you will be presented with a number of descriptions to which you are obliged to provide an appropriate response from a multiple choice list. So, try to be as sensible as you can and use the full capacity of your emotional intelligence.
Teach First Situational Judgement Tests are not timed, however, it is recommended to complete them in one sitting.

You don’t need any prior knowledge of teaching to successfully complete the test. All it counts it’s your honest answers and your personality.

 

Teach First Telephone Interview

A telephone interview can be daunting. Especially, when someone lacks the confidence to talk to strangers on the phone. But you have to shine on this stage, as on any others, so it’s important to know how to snap out of that nervousness.

It’s a blunt thing to say, but the only way to overcome is to prepare beforehand. You need to take advantage of the time given, rather than approaching this as a casual conversation. So, do your homework and prepare.

 

Teach First Assessment Centre

Congratulations, you made it to the last level! The Assessment Centers hold by Teach First comprises a series of individual and group exercises. During the Assessment Center, you would only be assessed based on your performance on that day, which means that your assessors will not have an access to your application.

You will also be contacted by the recruitment officer to talk through the day in more detail, which will give you a chance to ask questions and thus prepare even better.

Competency Based Interview – are usually standard competency based, one- to – one interviews. The interview might also include some questions that will be related to the above-mentioned Teach First Competency Framework. So thorough research on the desired values and behaviours at is absolutely compulsory if you want to outshine other candidates at this stage.

Case Study – This would be imaginary tasks that would be related to the role position you are applying for. Teach First case studies are usually designed as group exercises and aimed at testing how you conduct yourself in a group setting, and if you are able to co-operate to achieve an assigned task. Good people skills and ability to interact are key qualities that you have to demonstrate. This would be followed by a self-evaluation, during which candidates are asked to deliver a brief summary of each group performance. We recommend you to be honest and reflective as possible, demonstrating your ability to give a mindful and considered account of your and others performance.

Sample Teaching Lesson – This exercise will have to be delivered in the form of a presentation. However, unlike any other presentation you might have prepared before, this one has to be both thought-stimulating and engaging for the audience. The lesson should not be longer than 10 minutes. Timing is really important, as you need to show that you are able to communicate your knowledge effectively. In the end, you will be asked to self-evaluate yourself, which would be equally important as the presentation you have given.

 

Application Process

Stage 1: Online Application
Stage 2: Telephone Interview
Stage 3: Assessment Centre

 

Links

http://graduates.teachfirst.org.uk/recruitment/selection-process/index.html

 

Prepare for your TEACH FIRST tests

  • Practice Numerical Reasoning Tests

  • Practice Verbal Reasoning Tests

  • Practice Diagrammatic Reasoning Tests

  • Practice Situational Judgement Tests

  • Practice Assessment Centre Tests

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Their Leadership Development Programme requires you to have a minimum 2.1 degree or above and a grade C in Maths and English GCSE. You will also be prepared to work in different locations. You could be based anywhere in the country and so it is vital to be able to fulfil this requirement. After you have applied online and your application passes you will be asked to the assessment centre. If successful you will be offered a place following successful completion of the online tests.

The programme lasts for 2 years and combines developing your practical teaching skills as well as personal and business skills training, mentoring and opportunities for internship. You will be taught about leadership as well as becoming a teacher.

Year 1 – you will begin with 6 weeks of intense immersion in the theory and practice of teaching. You will learn much about teaching and meet all of your colleagues who will be on the programme with you. You will then join your school and begin teaching – during this time you will continue to have support and training in order to continue your development. During this year you will work towards a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). The following summer you will undertake an internship where you will gain further experience and hone your leadership skills – possible employers include Accenture, Civil Service, HSBC and more.

Year 2 – You’ll return to your school as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) where you’ll continue your journey and learning, taking on perhaps further responsibility or extracurricular activities. You will also have the chance to work towards gaining a Master’s qualification. This is an optional part-time commitment and is designed to further develop your skills and abilities.