Application workshop: The “Problem-solving” competency

25 August 2018

Through the selection process, candidates are assessed against eight competencies based on evidence of effectiveness in the classroom. In this series, we explore how to best address each of these competencies in your application.

Are you a critical thinker? Do you analyse information? Can you generate relevant solutions to problems?

These are all skills that are necessary for being a great teacher. The “Problem-solving” competency is designed to test whether you tick the above boxes, in order to see whether you will be able to develop solutions to a whole variety of problems you may face in the classroom.

As with all of our eight competencies, our assessors are looking for your most up-to-date examples that demonstrate these skills. Choose experiences from your time at university, professional experiences or from your work in voluntary organisations within the last two to three years.

Choose examples that prove your ability to solve complex problems. We are looking to see whether or not you would thrive under pressure situations in the classroom. Teachers face a number of different problems in the classroom each and every day, so we need you to show us how you would deal with obstacles by giving detailed examples.

Our Recruitment and Advocacy Managers are here to help: if you would like further information on our eight competencies or would like to discuss your application before you submit, feel free to reach out to them here.

Good luck with your application!

Read more Application Workshops:

– The “Leadership and achievement” competency
– The “Learning and self-evaluation” competency
– The “Commitment to mission” competency
– The “Communication and influencing ability” competency
– The “Organisational and planning ability” competency
– The “Humility, respect and empathy” competency
– The “Resilience” competency


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