Safeguarding is vital for all our selection processes and decision making.

Allocations to places on the courses are made on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Teach West London advises all applicants to make sure that they proof-read their application carefully for spelling, punctuation and grammar and ensure that they do not leave any sections blank.

The selection process and interview

If an applicant is shortlisted (based upon meeting the qualification entry requirements and the type of applicants that we are looking to recruit) then they will be invited to a selection day, which will take place in the school that they are likely to be placed in.

This is a rigorous process, which is designed to match the applicant to the placement school. During the day, applicants will be required to teach a lesson, deliver a short presentation (information for these activities will be sent in advance), answer questions in a panel interview and complete tasks to determine their level of fundamental skills in English and Maths.

If they are successful at interview, a conditional offer of a place will be made. The conditions will include providing proof that they have met the eligibility conditions for Initial Teacher Training, including a criminal record check (DBS) and an occupational health assessment. Further conditions may be discussed with the applicant at interview. Some secondary applicants may also be asked to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course as a condition of entry.

If successful applicants accept the offer, they will be required to attend Teach West London’s induction days during July.


Applicants for the non-salaried pathway will be eligible for a student loan via Student Finance England which can cover the cost of their training fees.

Bursaries and scholarships (secondary applicants)

Some Secondary applicants for the non-salaried pathway will also be eligible for a training bursary or scholarship. The amount of the bursary is dependent on the subject that they are applying to train to teach in and their undergraduate degree classification. Details can be found in About Our Courses.  For more information visit Teacher training bursaries | Get Into Teaching GOV.UK (


If you have any specific questions which cannot be answered through our FAQ’s section, please email us at [email protected]