How we select trainees.


Candidates are short-listed following reference to the person specification and if successful are invited for interview. The interview lasts half a day and takes place at the lead school Oakthorpe Primary.

If successful at interview,  candidates will be invited to the next stage in the interview process, which involves the delivery of a half hour literacy or maths session. There will also be time spent in class and candidates will need to pass our internally set maths and literacy tests. The tests are intended to assess your ability to communicate effectively in written English and your competence in a range of mathematical skills. Maths will be at approximately KS3 level and literacy will be an extended writing task. The tests, together with all evidence gathered through our selection process will be used to assess a candidate’s Fundamental_English_and_Maths_Proficiencies as required for all providers from recruitment to the award of QTS, since the removal of the skills tests.

Candidates are advised of the format of the day by e-mail.

Applicants who are successful at interview, are offered a conditional place. These are subject to:

  • Satisfactory references
  • Satisfactory medical assessment and Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS)
  • National and Local Terms and Conditions of Employment
  • Satisfactory completion of between 1 and 5 days in one of our schools (this will depend on your experience)

The purpose of the additional days in school is to ensure that following the School Direct Programme (salaried) with us is the right decision for both the candidate and the Consortium. It is also an opportunity for the Consortium to gain information about the candidate to inform the initial needs analysis and the setting of pre-course tasks.

Is any further guidance available on making an application?

Applicants are invited to attend our INFORMATION SESSIONS on zoom. Get in touch to book a place.

Please book a place on one of the above sessions by emailing
so that we can share the details of the online meeting.

Everyone at 2Schools Consortium is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment and all staff and volunteers are expected to adhere to these.