Keeping track of your application

This is very important – applicants need to please prime their referees that an application has been made and that they need to watch out for the email reference request from DfE Apply. This is nearly always the stage at which most applications get held up and this is totally out of our control. Our places fill up early, so to ensure that all applicants have the best opportunities for success, the applications need to be submitted as soon as possible after DfE Apply opens.

Please remember that your application does NOT become visible to us, until AFTER both your referees have returned their references and you have submitted it. We will always acknowledge when we have received an application through the portal.

All qualifications and minimum entrance requirements are verified by the ITT Partnership Co-Ordinator. Only applications which meet criteria are passed on to the Head of ITT for shortlisting for interview. If successful, you will be invited to our next available interview day.

First stage interview at TMA ITT Partnership (1 day)

Skills judged on the day will include an applicant’s proactivity, perception and presence, as gauged from their time spent in a classroom and through presentations and a group discussion. Applicants will also be required to carry out a 15 minute teaching activity with a small group of approximately 12 children. Finally, a 25 minute formal interview seeks to ascertain the strength of the applicant’s skill set and depth of understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a teacher. All information gained will then contribute to the initial needs analysis, which is used to measure potential. 

Applicants with a good profile will be given a conditional offer through DfE Apply, which will be dependent on a successful visit to their proposed school. 

Confirmation of Conditional offer

Successful applicants will have their conditional offers changed through DfE Apply into unconditional offers, once all the necessary offer conditions have been met:

  • Visit to proposed placement school
  • Clear DBS enhanced disclosure
  • Occupational health check
  • Degree/GCSE results (if not obtained already at the time of application).

Induction days

All applicants offered places on our programme will be expected to attend a three-day pre-course induction programme.


Please be aware - pressure to accept an offer is not allowed

Please be aware that, under the terms of DfE Apply, no provider is allowed to put any pressure on you to accept an offer on the day of interview, or even to give you a deadline by which to accept. You should attend ALL of your interviews, if you wish to, and then you have a further ten days from your last offer in which to make your decision.