Black Country Children's Services Improvement Partnership

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How to apply

Education Central is the social arm enterprise of the University of Wolverhampton, collaborating with the Sandwell, Wolverhampton and Education Central Multi Academy Trust.


All Primary applications received by the 3rd February 2018 will be considered against the criteria outlined in the person specification which will be presented on the application form.

The current professional duties of a teacher, as outlined in the School Teacher' Pay and Conditions document, again this will be presented on the application form.

Black Country Headteachers will conduct the short listing process.
If you have not heard back from the NQT Team before the 20th February 2018 please contact 01902 51 8963.



The interviews will be held in on the 2nd March 2018. Each interview will last for approximately 30 minutes. The panels will consist of Headteachers from across the Black Country as well as Local Authority personnel.

The purpose of the interview is to ascertain how your skills, knowledge and experience correspond to the person specification. Interviews are stressful and it is recognised that there are many highly competent individuals who have difficulty in demonstrating their competence at interviews. That is why all our interviewers receive interview skills training. They will make every effort to put you at ease so that you are able to demonstrate your skills, experience and motivation to work in the Black Country.

You will be contacted in writing shortly after your interview to confirm the outcome and to explain the post interview process.

Unless you specify on your application form that you do not wish your details to be circulated to a particular Local Authority, a record of your performance at interview will be circulated to the four Local Authorities within the Black Country. Headteachers with vacancies will then access your details and invite you for an appointment interview. This process will continue until the new pool is activated in November 2018.


If you have a disability and need help with completing your application form, this is available from the NQT team. Alternatively you may apply using an audiocassette or by providing a curriculum vitae that addresses the key areas covered on the application form.

If you require further information or support with your application, please contact the NQT Team on 01902 518963, or contact us via our website at:

Please ensure that you have your DBS at hand when at interview should you be asked to present it. Once appointed it is the school’s responsibility to ensure your DBS is current and valid.


Please note that you are only permitted to apply for the NQT Pool once, if your application has not been successful please do not attempt another application in subsequent years as they will not be considered.

Should you accept a post within or outside the Black Country, either prior to, or following interview, please telephone the NQT Team on 01902 518963 so that your application can be withdrawn from circulation.
It is essential that you notify us if any of your details change, for example, your address or telephone / mobile number.
Good luck with your application.

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Primary Pool opens

1st November 2017

Head Teacher Review Meeting

30th November 2017

(12:00 – 13:30)

Pool Closes

5th February 2018

Short Listing

10th February 2018 (EC Office)

Interview Letters out to NQTs

13th February 2018


Friday 2nd March 2018

Result Letters

6th March 2018

MFL Interviews       

19th March 2018

Head Teacher Pool goes live

21st March 2018

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