Interview Process

What you need to know about our interview process …

The Interview Process

Primary and Secondary

If your application is successful, we will invite you to the first stage of our interview process. This will consist of:

  • A face-to-face interview with the Trinity Institute of Education/Calderdale and Kirklees Teaching School Hub/Yorkshire Rose Teaching Partnership Lead Mentors, where you will answer questions designed to assess your suitability to train to teach.
  • 15 minute professionalism task
  • 4-minute teaching episode
  • Phase/subject Test (carried out prior to interview day)
  • If you are Design and Technology, Art, Music or MFL, you will have an extra task to assess your subject strength.

We will also be collecting your eligibility documents for verification during the interview process. Please be prepared to bring any identification documents and original qualification certificates.

When you apply to us, you are applying to the National Institute of Teaching@Trinity Institute of Education (1YF)  as a central provider, which means we can select your placement academy in discussion with you at first interview.

All offers are subject to the satisfactory completion of pre-programme checks including an Enhanced DBS and Prohibition Order checks, two suitable references from professional e-mail addresses and a Medical Questionnaire to assess your fitness to work.

“From the beginning I have felt supported, and TIE gave me the confidence to leave industry to pursue my ambition to become a teacher. Choosing TIE was the best decision I made to guide my teacher training, I've had a fantastic experience!”
Richard WoodrowComputing Trainee Teacher 21/22

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider. Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

“My TIE interview day was so enjoyable and the team made me feel so comfortable!”
Rebecca GaytonPrimary Trainee 20/21

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our training programme is open to everyone who meets the eligibility criteria. If you have a disability, we will make every reasonable adjustment to accommodate you throughout the recruitment process, as well as during the training programme, if you are offered a place.

All candidates who have accepted a place must complete a pre-commencement medical questionnaire. If this reveals you have a support need, the NIoT provides appropriate school placements, support and monitoring for you during the course. If you have any questions about health, disability, or the support provided, please do not hesitate to contact us. We offer an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) service to all National of Institute of Teaching trainees.

To support those with a physical disability, we ensure they are placed in an accessible school setting. Our placement schools and core training facilities make full use of a range of technologies and specialist equipment.

The physical and mental health and wellbeing of our trainees is important to us. Many of our team are trained as Mental Health first aiders. We incorporate wellbeing sessions throughout our Core Training and offer regular, additional academic writing support as required.