The Application Process

4 Simple Steps

A full application to our teacher training programme involves four easy steps…

Your eligibility

Getting to know you

First-round assessment

Final school-led assessment

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Applying to Ark Teacher Training

This year, we’ve addressed our eligibility criteria to remove as many barriers as possible to ensure exceptional people fulfil their dreams of becoming a teacher.

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– If you have received an offer from us, you are guaranteed a place in one of our schools.


– The recruitment team works with you during the application process. It’s never a one way dialogue, and your preferences will always be listened to.


– We have an exceptional track record of placing candidates in schools that are a fantastic fit for them.


– We focus on giving trainees the shortest commute possible and you’ll never be asked to relocate.


– You’ll be aware early on in your application journey of the location or school you’ll be placed in.

Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in our academies. In order to meet this responsibility, we follow a rigorous selection process. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to safeguarding the welfare of children, and this will be tested at interview. All successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Step 1
Your Eligibility

The first step in the application process is to assess your eligibility for the programme.

Please note: Before starting the online application, we recommend gathering up all of the key details required, double checking the eligibility criteria, having an up-to-date CV to hand, and the contact details of 2 referees.

If you have already registered your interest, you may be sent an eligibility form to your email address to complete this first stage of the application process. Be sure to add to your list of safe contacts and keep an eye on your inbox (and spam so you don’t miss out!) for this eligibility form and other important correspondence from us throughout the application process.

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Online Application

Your teacher training journey begins by completing our simple online application form. The application covers the following:

  • Personal details
  • Preferred location
  • Subject preferences
  • Two experiences, in or out of the workplace, that you believe best prepare you for being a trainee teacher
  • Academic qualifications

Situational Judgment Assessment

On submission of your online application form, you will be sent an email requesting that you complete a Situational Judgment Assessment. This is a multiple choice questionnaire that assesses your suitability to work safely and calmly with children. Each question presents a school-based scenario and asks you to select the response/action that you think is most appropriate.

Step 2
Getting to Know You

If your online application has been successful, the second stage of the application process is all about getting to know you, your drivers for wanting to teach and your potential as a teacher trainee.

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We understand that academic credentials aren’t the be all and end all of what makes a great teacher. To reflect this, we’ve adjusted our recruitment practices to place a greater emphasis on your core skills. This means that the second step of the application process can look a little different for every candidate.

Pre-Recorded Video

If we feel we need more information at this stage, you may be requested to complete a pre-recorded video. As part of this video, you’ll be asked 5 questions that will help us get to know you better and allow you to articulate your skills and experiences that are transferable to teaching.

While it may seem daunting and feel a little strange giving your answers to a camera, this step has been introduced to give all candidates the very best chance of qualifying for our programme. It really helps us to get to know you far better than we ever could from an application form alone!

Step 3
First-Round Assessment

If you are successful at the screening stage, you will be invited to the first round of interviews for the programme.

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Book Your Slot
The next stage of the application process marks the beginning of the formal interviews for the programme. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted to book an interview date and time that’s suitable for them at our online assessment centre.

Subject Knowledge Test
This email will also contain a link to a Subject Knowledge Assessment. This is a set of 15 questions that relate to your chosen teaching subject or phase. They are multiple choice, pitched no higher than GCSE level, and are based on the National Curriculum.

Please don’t be daunted by this! This test is used to provide us with an understanding of your subject knowledge level and where you’ll require training and support, should you progress to the final assessment stage. Consider it more of an audit than a test.

The First-Round Assessment
This includes a 50-minute competency-based interview with one member of the recruitment team and a 5-minute presentation to help us learn about your aptitude for teaching. You can find more details about the key competencies we look for here.

Step 4
School-Led Assessment

The school-led assessment marks the final stage of the application process.

Please note: We know how important it is for you to get a feel for what working in one of our schools will be like. As such, we’ve incorporated more panellists and a feedback task into this final stage so you can meet some of the key staff involved in a trainee’s year and ask any school-specific questions!

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The final school-led assessment is a virtual interview that gives you the chance to learn more about the school you’ll be training in. It also serves as a final opportunity for the recruitment team to fully gauge your subject knowledge level and get a better understanding of what you might be like in a classroom environment.

As part of this interview, you will be asked to prepare a 5-minute lesson on a topic specific to the subject or phase you want to teach. This topic will be sent to you beforehand to give you time to prepare. After giving the lesson on the day, you’ll receive feedback from our recruitment team and be given time to make changes before redelivering the lesson.

If you’re successful at the school-based assessment, congratulations! You’re an exceptional candidate and will be offered a place to start the programme in September!

Both Ark Teacher Training and Ark Schools are committed to attracting, developing and retaining a diverse workforce, with a broad range of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.


How do I apply to Ark Teacher Training?

If you would like to apply to Ark Teacher Training, you can start the process by filling out our online application. You can also learn about the application process here, so you know what to expect.

How long does the application process take?

Depending on your location, the subject you want to teach, and your preferred school’s demand, the length of the application process may vary. While some candidates will receive an offer from us within 4 weeks, others may take longer as we work to place them in a school.

How do you select candidates?

We look at your skill set and experience as a whole, and not just traditional things like grades and qualifications. We understand that everyone’s different, and outstanding grades aren’t the only thing that makes a great teacher. As we come to understand your skills and strengths at interview, we design the assessment process so that it identifies those qualities to give you every chance to shine.

What should I expect after my interview?

We get back to all our candidates within one week and always offer concrete and specific feedback so that you can take something useful away with you, whether you’re successful or not. We’ll make sure you know who to contact with any questions while you wait for your interview outcome and be clear about the next steps in the process when we come back to you.

What is Ark Teacher Training's position on diversity and inclusion?

We are committed to providing equality and fairness for all in our recruitment and employment practices. We do not discriminate on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage/civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.

It’s incredibly important to us that our pupils are able to see themselves in their teachers and have their world-view shaped by a number of sources. We actively encourage people from a broad range of backgrounds, particularly those that are underrepresented in teaching, to apply.

What happens if I'm unsuccessful at my interview?

We want to be transparent with candidates who don’t progress to the next stage after participating in an interview. Our recruiters ensure they make themselves available for phone calls with candidates to provide them with feedback on why they weren’t selected for the role.