How do we select our trainees?

Applicants are shortlisted according to a scoring system against our person specification.

Interview Day

Shortlisted candidates are invited to spend the day at Oakthorpe Primary School.

The day consists of:

  • Group introduction
  • Tour of the school
  • Half a day in class
  • Reading a story to a class (observed by class teacher/ member of school’s SLT/ Programme Leaders)
  • Interview with up to three members of the management board
  • Internally set Maths and Literacy Tasks
  • Summative assessment by class teacher.

Successful applicants are then offered a place subject to:

  • Satisfactory completion of up to 5 days of school experience
  • Satisfactory criminal record (DBS) and health checks
  • Satisfactory references

During the 3-5  day school experience, candidates are observed in a variety of situations and by a range of staff.  We look at their approach to teamwork, relationships with staff and children, professionalism, flexibility and initiative during this period.

It is also an extended opportunity for the candidate to confirm that they wish to become a teacher and that this is the right training route for them. As far as possible, we expect this to be completed by the end of the spring term. Successful candidates are then offered a conditional place on the course.

Observations made by class teachers and the training managers, applications, interviews, subject audits, and trainees self-audit of prior experience, all inform the needs analysis and development of a training plan once the candidate is registered on the course.

How to apply?

The next round of applications and interviews will start in October 2020 with the opening of the Find Postgraduate Teacher Training Courses Portal.

All applications have to be made through the Find Postgraduate Teacher Training Courses at

Please select the option Find Courses by school, university or other training provider and type ‘2Schools Consortium’ for our SCITT programme.

An enhanced disclosure check is required for entry to Initial Teacher Training. We ask applicants to confirm that they agree to a check by the UK Disclosure and Barring Service.

If you would like to find out more or have questions that are not answered, please contact us by phone or mail.

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.