Teach First Assessments

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The charity Teach First is there to build a fairer world for everyone. They prepare the inspiring teachers of the future to go out and help the children who can most benefit from guidance and education.

Since 2002, more than 10,000 graduates have gone on to change the lives of over a million children from poor or disadvantaged backgrounds. Applicants should be enthusiastic, passionate and driven to change the world through teaching.

Careers At Teach First

Teach First is a social enterprise operating as a charity that aims to make education fairer for everyone. From a career perspective, it allows graduates that wish to qualify as teachers to enrol in a hybrid study/work model that gives both a teaching qualification and allows remuneration. It is an 'earn as you learn' model, taking the lead from successful American programmes.

It was specifically created by McKinsey & Co to begin to solve inequality issues in inner-London schools. Latterly Teach First has expanded into various areas across England, with a similar scheme in Wales called Teach First Cymru.

Types Of Jobs At Teach First

Originally aimed at secondary schools, the scheme now also offers primary teaching qualifications, and is seen as an attractive option for those who have industry experience and wish to seek a career change, although applications from recent graduates are also welcome.

Teach First trainees all earn a competitive salary alongside earning a Postgraduate Diploma in Education and Leadership (PGDE) taken across two years' participation in the programme, with the option of completing a master's degree in an optional third year.

How To Join Teach First

All applicants require a 2.1 degree or above and must satisfy specific curriculum requirements that differ from secondary to primary teaching - e.g. your degree must be in a relevant subject or from an approved list, plus relevant A-Levels. There are no minimum UCAS points requirements but there is no flexibility with GCSE requirements as these are set out by the Department for Education, therefore all applicants require a C/ 4 or equivalent GCSE in maths and English, and for primary, an additional C/ 4 in one science subject.

Teach First Application Process

There is a set process that all applicants to Teach First must follow. The process begins with an online application, before successful applicants are invited to attend a Development Centre assessment process and workshops, after which conditional offers are made within three weeks of attending the final assessment. Each of the phases of the Teach First application process is set out further below.

Teach First Online Application

The online application form is the first opportunity to sell your skills and interests. Alongside your basic details, degree and other academic qualifications, you will give personal information about yourself, your interests and teaching preferences including location and the age group you hope to teach.

The application form also requires you to complete a Situational Judgement Test, based on workplace scenarios that you might encounter as a Teach First trainee.

Teach First Situational Judgement Test

The Teach First situational judgement test is used as part of the online application to assess candidates on how well they respond to different types of workplace situations. The multiple-choice questions will require you to analyse a situation and decide on an appropriate response.

The test is used to help shortlist candidates based on how well applicants score on the test.

No prior knowledge is required however you will want to ensure you are familiar with answering situational judgement tests and know what to expect. It is not timed but you will have to answer in one sitting.

Teach First Application Screening

The online application form is screened by two trained assessors. All personal information is redacted and your information will be assessed against a strict list of criteria and compared to other applications. The aim behind this is to remove bias, ensure compliance with entry requirements and invite the top calibre of candidates to the Development Centre for further assessment. You should expect to hear the result of your initial application within 15 working days.

Teach First Development Centre

The Development Centres are currently carrying out virtual assessments and you will have seven days in which to prepare the required information - including the preparation for your teaching episode. As the centre is currently virtual you'll receive a call beforehand to make sure you understand the structure of the day, and you'll also be invited to a workshop to ensure you're fully prepared.

All parts of the Development Centre assessment day carry equal weight so it is important to factor that into your preparation, tempting as it might be to focus fully on the parts which are most unfamiliar.

Teach First Competency-based Interview

Teach First sets out eight competencies that it considers vital for all candidates to demonstrate. These are:

  • Humility, respect and empathy
  • Interaction
  • Understanding and motivation
  • Leadership
  • Planning and organising
  • Problem-solving
  • Resilience
  • Self-evaluation

The answers that you give in your one-to-one interview should aim to demonstrate your skills and knowledge in all of these areas. Study these carefully and ensure you have examples to hand, alongside personal and well thought out responses to more generic questions as to why teaching and why the curriculum to which you have applied.

Teach First Group Case Study

This is a group exercise, assessing how you work individually as part of a wider group, your management and style of interaction with other people in the team and how you approach teamwork. You will be collectively set a task to achieve.

Conducting A Teaching Episode

Although this is perhaps the part that most people spend their preparation time on, this four-minute presentation is only worth 25% of the assessment. You will have a title given to you a week in advance and you will have time to research, plan and prepare. As with all presentations, consider the 'audience' which in this case is the pupils to whom you are giving the lesson, who will need to be engaged and inspired.

Teach First Two Self-evaluation Exercises

Both the group case study and teaching episode are followed by one-to-one discussions about your approach, performance and the outcome, which gives you a good chance to demonstrate your self-evaluation skills.

Tips To Get Hired At Teach First

Do Your Homework

Preparation is key. Know what is expected at each stage of the application process and against what criteria you are being assessed. Make use of all the available information about Teach First, both online, as well as that which you are sent, and make sure that you give equal attention to all aspects of the assessment as they are all evenly weighted.

Use Your Best Examples

Take note of the key competencies and how they might relate to a teaching role as well as your own experience. Spend time analysing your examples and ensure your best examples are matched up with each competency.

Try Using The CAR Structure For Your Answers

When giving an example you should be structured with your response, ensuring the assessor is clear in what you are saying and why (and what your specific or direct contribution was if using a team example). It is recommended that you use the CAR structure (Context, Action, Result) so that each example is tied to a relevant competency and demonstrable outcome.

Don't Lie, Or Exaggerate The Truth

Remember that you are applying for a teaching qualification so that a lack of workplace experience of teaching is expected. It is better to be honest about the skills you do have and the motivation for training as a teacher than it is to pretend to have experience, for example. As with all job applications, there is a fine line between showing your skills and selling your experience in the best and most favourable light, and outwardly lying.

Sample Teach First Assessments question Test your knowledge!

Score: /6

In the grid below, one box is missing. You must work out what rules are being applied in the other boxes in order to work out which of boxes A to F will complete the grid.

  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D
  • E
  • F

A teacher is analyzing the performance of her students in a series of assessments to identify trends. If the following sequence represents the score of a student over five assessments: 82, 86, 90, 94, what should she expect the next score to be assuming the pattern continues?

  • 96
  • 98
  • 100
  • 102

During a faculty meeting, four initiatives are proposed. After the discussion, it is determined that if Initiative 3 is selected then Initiative 2 cannot be selected. If Initiative 1 is selected, Initiative 4 must also be selected. Which of the following combinations is acceptable?

  • Initiatives 1 and 3
  • Initiatives 2 and 4
  • Initiatives 1, 2, and 3
  • Initiatives 1, 2, and 4

A school's budget for the year was spent as follows: 45% on staff salaries, 25% on student resources, 15% on maintenance, and the remaining on miscellaneous expenses. If the total budget was $120,000, how much was spent on miscellaneous expenses?

  • $15,000
  • $18,000
  • $21,000
  • $24,000

An educator reads an article about the advantages of technology in the classroom. The article concludes that incorporating modern devices boosts student engagement and facilitates personalized learning. Given this information, which of the following statements would be consistent with the author's viewpoint?

  • Technology in the classroom distracts students from the learning process.
  • Traditional methods of teaching should be preserved to maintain academic integrity.
  • The integration of technology into teaching is critical for meeting diverse learning needs.
  • Investments in technology for education are better spent on other school improvements.

A team of educators is working on a new curriculum to better serve their diverse student population. If the curriculum currently in place is focused largely on rote memorization and the educators want to shift to a more inquiry-based approach, which of the following strategies would best align with their goals?

  • Introduce more frequent standardized testing to measure retention skills.
  • Develop projects that require students to research and present on various topics.
  • Increase the number of lectures to cover more material in each class period.
  • Expand the use of multiple-choice quizzes to ensure coverage of all facts.

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Teach First Assessments Tips

Understand the Format

Get familiar with the types of questions you'll encounter. Understanding the structure will help you manage your time effectively during the actual exam.

Practice Makes Perfect

Regular practice using our free practice tests can boost your confidence and your ability to perform under pressure.

Read Instructions Carefully

Paying close attention to the instructions for each section of the test can save you from unnecessary mistakes.

Stay Calm and Focused

Keep a calm mindset. If you feel nervous, take deep breaths to stay calm and maintain your concentration.

Time Management

Keep an eye on the clock. Practice pacing yourself so that you have enough time to attempt all questions.

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Teach First Assessments FAQs

What are the Teach First tests?

The Teach First tests are tailored assessment tools designed to evaluate the potential of aspiring teachers. They measure cognitive abilities, situational judgement, and other competencies relevant to the teaching profession.

Are the Teach First tests hard?

The difficulty of the Teach First tests is subjective; they aim to assess aptitude and suitability for a challenging and rewarding career in education. Adequate preparation can help ease the feeling of difficulty.

How do I prepare for Teach First tests?

Preparing for Teach First tests is best done by familiarizing yourself with their format and question types. Psychometric Tests offers a variety of practice tests that mirror the real thing, helping you to prepare thoroughly.

How long does the recruitment process take at Teach First?

The recruitment process duration at Teach First can vary based on several factors. It generally includes application screening, testing, and interviews before a final decision is made.

What are Teach First's core values?

Teach First's core values include a commitment to equality in education, passion for teaching, and resilience. They seek individuals who embody these values to join in their mission to build a fairer world.