Teach First Selection Process

Teach First looks for aspiring teachers with a high ability to handle various situations in a specific manner. Applicants have to pass an assessment centre before being offered a position.

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About Teach First assessment centre exercises

Teach First have an assessment centre located in their London office. Assessment centre exercises are a fair and objective way for Teach First to assess a wide range of applicants, each having different experiences and different qualifications. By analysing the results of several standardised exercises, Teach First are able to quickly see which candidates are suitable for the role and which are not. This sort of information about candidates’ skills is difficult to glean from interviews and qualifications alone, so that Teach First use professional psychometric tests.

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Teach First Application Process Stages

Here is the typical process for your application to Teach First.

Stage 1


The whole application process will vary depending on the Teach First region you are applying to. Some of the stages may not apply, and some may appear in a different sequence. However, all will require that you complete an application form.

Stage 2

Assessment centre exercises

Once your application has been reviewed and successfully passed screening, you'll have to undertake an assessment centre. These will typically include a competency-based interview, a group exercise, and delivering a pre-prepared short lesson.

Stage 3

Provisional offer

Your provisional offer will be for a particular local area and curriculum area.

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What you should know before undertaking your assessment centre

There will be three parts to the Teach First assessment centre. First, a competency-based interview that will focus on you particularly. It is also an opportunity to ask any questions that you might have. Second, you'll take a case study group exercise. You'll be assessed on how you conduct yourself during the exercise and how you work together in order to achieve the task. After this, you'll have a one-on-one discussion with your assessor to evaluate how you and your group did during the exercise. Lastly, you'll have to deliver a pre-prepared seven-minute lesson. Remember, this is not a presentation, but an opportunity to show your teaching ability to create an engaging and inspiring lesson. You'll also have a self-evaluation after the lesson

Answered questions

How difficult are your tests?

The same difficulty as real tests. Generally real employer selection tests don't differ that much in terms of difficulty which is why they compare your score against norm groups. Our practice tests are pitched roughly at graduate level, but this means they are actually suitable for preparing for all levels of job: entry; apprentice; graduate; senior; director.

Are they compatible with my Mac / Tablet / Phone?

Yes, and PC, and Linux and smartphone and Android and...everything. Our practice tests will run on all systems and they are responsive so they will work well on tablets and smartphones too!

How many times can I take the tests?

Unlimited. You can take our practice tests as many times as you like; there is no limit. But to be honest, after taking the same test a few times you start to remember the answers, so that’s why we have lots of tests.