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Assessment centre

What to expect at the Assessment Centre

If your online application is successful you will be invited to attend an Assessment Centre day. To ensure a fair process for everyone, nobody at the Assessment Centre will have seen your online application. They will assess your performance based only on the answers you provide on the day. Each Assessment Centre is comprised of the following elements:

Competency-based interview

You will have a one-on-one interview with an assessor, focusing on how you can demonstrate our competencies. You will also have the chance to ask any questions you may have. To help you succeed at the Assessment Centre, we've also got some useful hints and tips for you here. 

Case study and self-evaluation

This group exercise is designed to test how you think, solve problems, express solutions and interact with other people. The second part of the case study exercise will be a one-on-one discussion with an assessor, providing the opportunity to evaluate both the group and your own performance during the session. Try and be as honest and reflective as possible, demonstrating your ability to give a thoughtful and considered account of your performance.

Sample teaching lesson and self-evaluation

You will be asked to deliver a pre-prepared seven-minute lesson. The assessors will be looking for you to demonstrate your ability to communicate your topic to pupils in an appropriate and creative manner. Once your lesson is over you will be asked to make a structured written evaluation of your performance, which will also form part of the assessment. Provided you have confirmed acceptance of your Assessment Centre date, we will send you all the relevant details for your sample teaching lesson one week before the day.

Adjustments at Assessment Centre

We strongly encourage applicants who have a disability or long-term health condition to share this information with us on their application form. This information is treated with complete confidentiality and is used to help us arrange any adjustments to the Assessment Centre and selection process that you may require. If you have any questions, please contact your Graduate Recruitment Officer and they will be happy to help.

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