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    Interview Process

    Once your application is received we aim to respond within 7 working days with details of an interview date. During the interview process you will meet at least two members of EMTTP staff as well as teaching staff from at least one partner school. By ensuring this, we negate the need for multiple interview days. Due to the quality of our trainees the University of Nottingham, who accredit the PGCE element of the course, do not require an additional interview. If you accept a place on our training you are automatically accepted onto the PGCE provision.


    There are several elements to the interview day, all of which are aimed at identifying the potential that you have to be a good or better teacher. If you are offered a place on our course then the activities at the interview day will help us to identify any additional support that we can provide both before and during your training.

    • Course outline.

    You will have the opportunity to discuss the course and it’s various elements with a senior member of EMTTP staff, with expertise in the phase (Primary/Secondary) that you are applying for.

    • Group presentation task.

    These are small group tasks aimed at assessing the way that you interact with students from within the age range that you are training. 

    • Time with students.

    During the day you will have the opportunity to talk to students from within the age range that you are applying to train to teach. This is often in the form of a tour of the school that is hosting the interview.

    •  Subject knowledge task

    This is a task, relevant to the phase/subject that you have applied for. This will give us an insight into your subject knowledge and help to identify areas of support that we can put into place, such as SKE (where relevant), both in preparation for and during your training.

    • Formal interview

    This offers the chance for us to explore with you your motivation towards, knowledge and understanding of teaching and your awareness of the demands of teacher training.


    “Recruitment processes successfully identify those who exhibit the capacity to train to teach. Retention rates are strong. Trainees believe the processes to be rigorous and fair”

    Ofsted, May 2018