In the first section of the application, you will need to answer a few registration and academic questions. The following section consists of four competency based questions.
To give you the best chance of making a successful application, read on for our top tips.
- The application form should take around 30 minutes to complete. Take your time over each question and if necessary, pause and come back to your application with fresh eyes.
- Check how many parts there are to a single question and ensure that you answer each part carefully. For example, question two is divided into two sections; please answer both.
- To help you structure your answers, we suggest you use the STAR approach:
Situation – what was the situation?
Task – what needed to be done – what was the objective?
Action – what action did you take? Use the first person pronoun (“I did” “I created”) here. We also advise taking a look at our values, and weaving these into your answer.
Result – what happened in the end? The result should be a positive one. If it is negative, make it into a positive i.e. what did you learn from it?
- When using examples to illustrate your answers, think beyond the academic world.
- Don’t forget to do your research when writing about why you’d like to join our Taster Programme. Our website has a wealth of information for you to use and it’s important for you to know what the Teach First vision is.
- The final competency question can be a little tricky. Rather than focusing on leadership skills, tell us how a positive relationship was both formed and maintained.
- Many candidates fall down on spelling and grammar so please check your application through thoroughly before submitting. One way of doing this is by copying and pasting your answer into a Word document.