SELECTION & INTERVIEW
We use a rigorous selection process designed to identify high quality applicants’ suitability to teach, in addition to ensuring that all entrants to the teaching profession have met the eligibility criteria set out by the Department of Education. Our selection process, interview procedures and background checks will ensure that all trainees have the appropriate intellectual and academic capabilities in addition to personal qualities, attitudes, ethics and values needed to meet the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
In order to comply with equality legislation, and ensure equality of opportunity, the interview procedures will follow an established, consistent pattern and organisation. Every opportunity will be given for trainee teachers to identify any special arrangements that they may require in order to ensure equality of opportunity and avoid discrimination, (2010 Equality Act & 2001 Special Educational Needs and Disability Act (SENDA)).
Disclosure and Barring Service Check
If you are successful at interview you will be required to obtain an Enhanced level Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check including a Children’s Barred List.
Health and disability
Applicants should disclose if they believe that they meet the requirements of the Equality Act and require reasonable adjustments to enable them to participate in the interview and selection process.
Please also note that medical clearance for successful candidates will need to be obtained prior to starting the programme.
Qualification & ID Checks
Applicants will need to provide evidence that they have obtained all the academic qualifications they claim to have achieved to date. Applicants will need to bring any of the following documents with them, if already gained, on the interview and interaction day:
GCSE Certificates in Maths, English & Science or equivalent
Hons Degree Certificate or equivalent
All applicants will be required to show 2 forms of documentation to verify their identity at the Interaction and Interview day.
2 forms of proof of identity, one of which must be photographic. Examples of accepted ID are:
Passport - must be in date
Drivers Licence - must be an in-date photo licence. The address on the licence must match the address on the applicants DfE Apply application
Marriage Certificate - original
1 form of proof of address. This can be a utility bill (mobile phone bills are not accepted) or a bank statement. Benefit/tax credit statements and council tax bills are also acceptable.
Evidence of the applicants right to work in the UK - applicants should provide a copy of their Passport or Birth Certificate as proof of this.
All bills/statements must be dated within the last 3 months and must have the applicants name and address on. The address must match the address on the applicant's DfE Apply application.
Please note that ALL documents presented must be originals and not copies. For qualifications, applicants must provide original qualification certificates and/or copies certified by awarding institution(s). The interview will not proceed unless these documents are provided.
In addition to this, all relevant paperwork pertaining to visa/permit status declared on the application form must also be presented.
Prior to interview, an online search will be conducted to identify any past or current incidents or issues that might affect an applicants suitability to work with children and undertake this role. This is in line with guidance in Keeping Children Safe in Education (2022). Please note this online search will be carried out only on publicly available information and be limited to issues relating to an applicants suitability to work with children and/or in a school environment. An applicants data, as with all other recruitment documentation, is stored in line with GDPR requirements. Any issues that arise from the search will be followed up at interview where this can be discussed more fully, including background information, or mitigating circumstances. Issues that arise will not automatically be a bar to an applicant being offered a place on the programme. If there is anything that applicants think would be useful for the panel to know in this respect, they should outline these and submit on a separate sheet, in a sealed envelope marked “Confidential – online search information”.
Fareham & Gosport Primary SCITT are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks along with other relevant employment checks.