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ECT and Class Teacher Interview Pack

ECT and Class Teacher Interview Pack

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Looking to recruit a new classroom teacher, including early career teachers (ECTs)? If you’re wondering what questions to ask ECTs and early-stage teachers at interview to recruit the right candidate for your school, or what interview tasks you can set to help candidates demonstrate their skills, this ECT and Class Teacher Interview Pack can support you to prepare for an ECT and class teacher interview.

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What's included in this bundle?

A pack with accompanying templates to help your school setting plan and prepare for an interview day, including interview questions and tasks, when recruiting a classroom teacher, including ECTs and RQTs. This pack contains concise guidance that allows you to consider the setup of the interview day itself, but if you're new to recruitment or want to ensure the entire recruitment process is smooth, you may find it help to purchase the Recruitment, Interview and Employment Compliance Guidance Pack alongside this interview pack.

When you make your purchase, you'll receive a ZIP file containing the whole pack, including:

  • Concise 8-page Guidance PDF in full colour containing all the guidance, research and information you need.
  • 7 fully editable and easy-to-use templates that can be adapted for your setting. These include:
  1. Class Teacher Job Role Description
  2. Class Teacher Person Specification
  3. Class Teacher Interview Questions
  4. Interview Task - Teach a Lesson
  5. Interview Task - Analyse Pupil Work and Plan a Lesson
  6. Interview Task - Icebreaker and Meeting with Pupils
  7. Interview Task - Assembly

Included in this Class Teacher and ECT interview pack are four different editable interview tasks plus a wide variety of example interview questions so you can find an excellent teacher who is the best fit for your school. The job description and person specification for will also support you in advertising for a new ECT or classroom teacher so you attract the right candidates. Use these, alongside the interview tasks and class teacher and ECT interview questions to create a recruitment package that's tailored to exactly what your school is looking for in a new classroom practitioner.

The pack is tailored towards appointing a new classroom teacher who is in the early stages of their career. If your school uses the  teacher pay scales, this pack would most likely suit recruitment of someone on M1-M4. It's designed for a teacher who is either in their first or second year of their ECT induction period, or a teacher who's successfully completed their ECT or NQT induction, but who needs to continue building their experience in the classroom. It would also suit some teachers returning to the profession, PPA cover teachers, unqualified teachers or any teacher who won't be holding a subject leadership position at the time of appointment.  However, if you're looking for an interview pack for a teacher with subject or middle leadership responsibilities, we have the following available too:

Who will find this resource useful?

Headteachers, trust leaders, senior leaders, members of the governing body and trustees who lead recruitment processes will find this time-saving pack useful. This pack is also helpful for classroom teachers wishing to develop their understanding of, or prepare for, the interview process. ECTs looking for their first teaching post will also find this pack useful to consider interview questions and tasks, as well as what a teaching post entails.

What questions does this pack have the answers to?

Planning and leading an effective recruitment process ensures you've put your school in the best position possible to recruit a new class teacher who's going to provide high-quality teaching and learning opportunities for your pupils. Utilising carefully selected interview questions and tasks will help to ensure this is a positive experience for both those on the panel and those applying for the role, meaning your new class teacher has the best possible start in your setting. 

Key questions answered:

  • How could an interview day for a classroom teacher be structured?
  • What interview tasks could be used when recruiting an ECT or teacher with less classroom experience?
  • What interview questions could a new teacher be asked during the interview process?
  • Where can I access more support on the recruitment and post-recruitment process?

What else can help me?

IIf you're looking for support with the recruitment or staff induction processes, we've got multiple packs available to help you. Best of all, you can get 20% off each item if you buy 3 or more resources about recruitment and induction, so why not see what's available?

If you're new to the recruitment process or are looking to build your understanding of how to tackle recruitment through each stage of the process, including advertising, shortlisting, interviewing, pre-employment and employment compliance, then you'll find the following pack useful.

If you're looking to recruit for multiple school roles, you may find the following packs supportive to help you plan interview days for those roles too:

To support your new staff member with induction into your setting, why not have a look at the following help guidance pack:

To provide meaningful professional development from the beginning of your new staff member's employment, skills audits are a valuable way to amplify the induction process, identify CPD opportunities and support the appraisal process.