How we select our trainees

Selection criteria

Selection criteria

Our main selection criteria include:

1:  The ability to communicate effectively in spoken English

2:  The ability to communicate effectively and accurately in written English

3:  Evidence of subject knowledge and any other particular requirements of the field of study

4:  Enthusiasm and interest in the particular field of study

5:  Intellectual qualities and the ability to reflect creatively and critically

6:  Positive attitude to, and involvement with, young people including an understanding of the importance of establishing respectful, supportive and constructive relationships

7:  High expectations of young people and a commitment to their achievement

8:  Sense of the scope of a teacher’s professional skills and responsibilities

9:  Ability to cope well in highly pressurised and demanding contexts

10:  Commitment to collaboration and co-operative working with colleagues

11:  Commitment to teaching and the School Direct programme

12:  Positive attitude to equal opportunities and towards education in and for a plural society.

Selection methods

The recruitment process is a rigorous and thorough process, designed to get the best match of applicant to the places available. 

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview at one of the Teach Maidenhead schools. A representative from the University of Reading may also attend for part of the process. During this process, applicants will undertake a range of activities to judge their suitability for a career in teaching. These may include: 

a)  An introduction to Teach Maidenhead training courses

b)  A tour of the school and opportunity to meet key staff

c)  At least one written activity

d)  A group activity or student panel, where appropriate 

e)  A formal interview with a Senior Leadership Team member and possibly a representative from Reading University.



About Us

Teach Maidenhead - (University of Reading ITE Hub) is the foremost teacher training provider west of London. We provide unsalaried secondary School Direct places. Our teacher training courses are organised in partnership with The University of Reading, a large Initial Teacher Training provider. Reading University train over 400 teachers each year and are ranked 9th in the UK for Education ( The Guardian University Guide 2024)





Phone: 01628 625308 (Ext 162)

 Address: Teach Maidenhead, Furze Platt Senior School, Furze Platt Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 7NQ


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