How to succeed in a virtual Ark Charter interview.

At Ark Charter, we are moving all of our recruitment online for the period of school closure.

We opened to our students in 2009 and have been expanding since. We are guided by our 3 Christian values, and are relentlessly focussed on providing all of our pupils a brilliant, well rounded education. By the end of their time with us, pupils should be able to thrive at university, or in a career of their choice.

Our teachers work hard every day to inspire each and every student to develop skills which will help them to achieve their full potential - both in the classroom and beyond. Further details of our CPD and training opportunities can be found at: https://arkonline.org/training-for-your-whole-career

As well as professional development, we also take the wellbeing of our staff seriously, as we recognise that teaching can be a challenging profession. Staff at our school work hard but we support them by providing development and relevant training opportunities. We also try to ensure that most meetings take place during our working day to protect our free time and have a supportive and approachable Principal who recognises and rewards the hard work staff put in.

To see more of the vacancies we are currently advertising, visit www.charteracademy.org.uk/vacancies  

Application Tips

We feel confident that we can still find the right candidates, who are well-aligned to our school values, and have the potential to be exceptional teachers and leaders – but, of course, we will be going about it a bit differently!

1. Pre-application

Read the pack and our website carefully, and reach out and ask us any questions – email j.morris@charteracademy.org.uk if you want to talk about a role or the selection process.

2. Application form

This should be the same as any other application – make sure you do lots of reading about the school, tailor your application to the school.

Use the person specification, but then think more widely about the school and the role.

Why specifically Ark Charter? What have you read or heard that makes you think you’d be a good fit?

How do your personal educational values align to those of the school?

3. Preparing for Interview

Prepare as you would for an in-person interview, but be prepared to talk in even depth about your teaching practice. We will talk about the classes you currently teach, how you go about planning your lessons, and what we would see if we were to see you teach. We will talk to you about curriculum planning, and the position of your subject within the wider curriculum. Our interview panel will still consist of a minimum of 2 people – at least one of which will be trained in Safer Recruitment.

4. Teaching us

We will ask you to teach us (or do an assembly for a pastoral job) – either live to the panel online, or recorded and sent in. Prepare as you would for a normal lesson – feel free to send through notes if that helps, and we will set you up to do a structured reflection afterwards. We want to see how you plan a concept, explain an idea and give the pupils instructions.

This will feel odd, but gives us a really good idea of what you’d be like interacting with our pupils, how you reflect on your practice and your approach to feedback.

5. Written tasks

Dependent on the role you have applied for, we may ask you to complete a written task in addition to teaching us. The written task is a timed exercise and will usually last for 25 minutes but this will be made clear on the task itself. In the interest of all applicants being treated fairly and consistently, we will ask that you stay within this time frame. The task will be sent to you via e-mail and you will be asked to return it via e-mail once the time frame has elapsed. We’ll make sure you have enough time to receive and return the task via e-mail.

6. Dealing with technology

All our processes will happen on Microsoft Teams – we will send a link, so you don’t need any specialist software. It is worth having a play around with the software, or ask us any questions in advance.

7. Adaptability

We will leave plenty of opportunity for questions at the end of the interview, and we will spend lots of time talking and unpicking your answers. Please come prepared to share anything you’d like that we didn’t cover, or any questions you have about it. We really appreciate your adaptability in these unprecedented times.

8. Pre-employment Checks

These checks remain as important throughout this period as ever. We will continue to undertake all necessary checks but we may ask you to support us to make the checks in a different way. During this time, we may ask you to send us pictures, scanned copies or consent to check various ID, certificates and other relevant information. Once things return to normal, we will ask you to produce the original documentation so that we can still hold the information in line with our policies and procedures. We thank you in advance for all the support you can provide to us to keep the standards of documentation checks as high as ever.

Hopefully that gives you a good insight in to our approach to recruitment during this school closure period – and please do reach out if you have any questions.