Application Form 2020

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This form should be used to apply for placements beginning mid-August 2020. You can save the form at any time and return to it later using the links at the top and bottom of the page. The application form is structured as follows:

Section i. Eligibility
Section 1. Personal Details
Section 2. Your Preferences and Additional Information
Section 3. Your Academic History
Section 4. Competencies and Motivations
Section 5. Data Sharing and Privacy

Before you begin, it is strongly recommended that you familiarise yourself with the programme details for 2020 in our Information for Applicants section. Once you have done this, we require you to confirm the statements below. This is to help ensure there are no immediate reasons that you are not eligible to submit an application to the Researchers in Schools programme. Should you not be able to confirm any of the statements below, please contact the recruitment team via or on 0207 939 1947 to discuss how to proceed.

I have read and understood the eligibility criteria regarding the completion status of my PhD and confirm that I will, as a minimum, will have completed my viva before the 1st August 2020 (for the bursary route) or, I will have completed my PhD, including corrections, before 1st August 2020 (Salaried route)
I understand that the assessment centre section of the interview process requires me to attend in person and I will be able to make this journey if invited
I confirm that I am available to attend all of the two-week Researchers in Schools summer training, currently scheduled for 10th August 2020.
If offered a place on the Researchers in Schools programme, I agree to complete the UCAS registration process as per the national requirements 

A UCAS application is necessary in order to have your placement logged with the relevant training provider and other education bodies.

I confirm that I do not already hold QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) or QTLS in the UK, nor have I attempted to gain QTS and failed. 

Section 1. Personal Details

Your Details

For above, please type the first name you would like to be addressed by in correspondence with us and at interview.

Address Info

About You


Employment Info

Visa and Sponsorship

Section 2. Your Preferences and Additional Information

Route Preferences

The Researchers In Schools programme is available via two initial teacher training routes for year one: a salaried route and a bursary route. 

We provide two different options so we can find a training route which is suitable to your prior experience and circumstances. Whichever route you end up on you’ll still become a fully qualified teacher, participate in tailored Researchers In Schools training and make a real difference to young people. After your training year, both routes will move onto the national teacher pay scale and receive a full salary. 

Whichever route you undertake you will achieve qualified teacher status at the end of year one. The two routes vary in terms of how much responsibility you have whilst you train and how much experience of working with young people you already have. 

The bursary route is suited to people with limited experience of working with young people in educational settings as it allows more time to adapt to the rigours of the fast-paced environment of schools. 

The salaried is only suited to those with significant experience of working with young people and the desire to take on a demanding workload on top of the requirements of your training course. 

As everyone has different levels and types of experience we will make a final decision on which route is suitable for you after your first-round interview. 

Before selecting a choice below, please ensure you have read the training and salary pages of our website.

Subject Preferences

As the RIS programme gives pupils the opportunity to learn from teachers who are experts in their field, we require candidates to teach the subject most closely associated with their doctoral studies. If you feel there is potentially more than one subject that is suitable for you (interdisciplinary scientists or engineers, for example), please contact us via if you do not feel any of the subjects below matches your area of expertise.

With reference to your PhD discipline, in which subject would you prefer to train as a teacher? 

Please note: Secondary-level science teachers are almost always expected to teach all three science disciplines (Biology, Chemistry and Physics). This expectation depends on the school's context and can vary. This can be discussed more if you are invited to interview.

Visa sponsorship via the salaried route is only available to candidates wishing to teach mathematics or physics. 

Please note: we rarely receive requests for languages other than French, German and Spanish. If you would like to discuss what this might mean for your application, please get in touch with us.

Regional Preferences

You are selecting your preferences for the region(s) in which you would like your ITE provider and placement school to be based. As a participant, your placement school may be based anywhere within a region. During your first year, you will travel to your ITE provider once per week for training.

You may choose up to three main regional preferences. You may not choose the same region more than once. You may choose to be placed anywhere in England if you have no preference. This will increase your chances of securing a place on the programme but you must be prepared to commit to the placement found for you.

There are many schools across England who require excellent new subject specialist teachers. Whilst we will make every effort to match you with a place within your regional preferences, the assessment centre and placement you are offered may be outside of these areas.

As we seek to provide subject specialist teachers for the pupils that need them most, we ask all candidates to be open-minded about where they will teach when making their choices below. Candidates who are geographically flexible have a much greater chance of securing a place at assessment centre, particularly those requiring visa sponsorship..

As noted above, this information will be used to identify the most suitable providers and schools to consider you for. It does not guarantee that we will be able to meet precisely your regional preferences.

Training Routes

Application Source

Section 3. Your Academic History

GCSE Maths & English

*Please note that if you have not studied for GCSEs, it is up to you to ensure that your qualifications are equivalent to this standard. You can visit international grade comparison sites, such as UK NARIC, to obtain a statement of comparability. A charge will apply for this service. Where your grades are not equivalent to A*-C in Maths and English GCSE, you will be responsible for undertaking equivalency tests. Should you receive a conditional offer on the RIS Programme, your passing these tests would be a condition of this offer. Again, a charge will apply for this service.


A-Levels and Grades

Undergraduate Studies

Postgraduate Studies (where applicable)

Doctoral Studies

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Section 4. Competencies and Motivations

The following four questions give you an opportunity to explain why you are an excellent candidate to become a Researchers in Schools teacher, and demonstrate how your previous experience will help you to inspire and engage pupils. They have been carefully selected to allow you to reflect on both personal and professional experiences, as well as consider how this experience will prepare you for the Researchers in Schools teacher training programme.

When answering these questions, you might find it useful to reflect on the key competencies we look for in candidates. Please aim to utilise the full word limit (300 words per question). We believe a full yet concise answer should be around this length. You will receive a copy of your answers to these questions once your form has been submitted.

Section 5. Data Sharing and Privacy

DfE Data Sharing and Privacy Information

Please read the following information from the Department for Education (DfE) relating to data sharing and privacy: 

How will we use your personal information?

The course you are applying for is part-funded by the Department for Education (DfE). DfE intends to evaluate the course and the potential benefits to those who participate in it as well as the wider education sector. To enable them to do this, we will provide the minimum information necessary to them to carry out their evaluation.


DfE (or a contracted organisation working on its behalf) may also:

  • Contact you to ask about your experiences of the training. Please note that, if contacted, you will be under no obligation to take part. If you do, you will not be identified in any results of the evaluation and you can ask not to participate, or change your mind, at any time.

  • Link information you provide in your application form with other information about you which DfE already holds or to which it is lawfully permitted access. This is to identify (for example) what kinds of qualifications applicants to this training go on to achieve, how many go into teaching, and how long they are employed as teachers, without having to contact you repeatedly to ask you to update your information.

Security and Confidentiality

DfE’s use of the information we share with them (or its contracted partner) will have no influence on the outcome of your application or your participation in the training and DfE’s findings will not identify you or any other applicants. Any personal data shared with DfE will be handled securely and only accessed for the purposes of the evaluation of teacher training, recruitment and retention. You can find more information about DfE at If you have any questions about how DfE will use your information, please contact

The Brilliant Club Privacy and Data Use

At The Brilliant Club we take your privacy seriously. The Brilliant Club will collect the following personal information about you: full name, date of birth, address, email address, telephone number, current country of residence, country of origin, the region of England you would prefer to teach in, images, education qualifications, gender, national insurance number, criminal convictions, language, visa status, maternity/paternity, driver status.


This data will be collected and processed by The Brilliant Club in connection with the delivery of its Researchers in Schools Programme.


The Brilliant Club is required by law to treat certain categories of personal information with even more care. These are called sensitive or special categories of personal information and additional lawful bases are required for processing them. The Brilliant Club collects special category personal information relating to your ethnicity and disability information, as well as information relating to criminal convictions and offences. It does so, so that it may manage and administer its equal opportunities monitoring, as well as ensure that where applicable, applicants and participants are afforded any reasonable adjustments they may require as part of the recruitment and selection process. Information relating to certain criminal convictions and offences is necessary for due diligence purposes and/or compliance with our legal and regulatory obligations. The Brilliant Club will rely on your consent to process these special categories of personal data.


Furthermore, for the purpose of administering its programme of work, your personal data will be shared with: the Department for Education, relevant ITT providers and UCAS.


Personal information as well as special categories of personal information which you provide The Brilliant Club with will be stored securely and only shared with the above named third parties in order to facilitate recruitment opportunities as well as to provide you with suitable teacher training.


For more information on how The Brilliant Club collects and processes data, and your rights under data protection law, please read our Privacy Policy.


Finally, by checking the box below you acknowledge and consent to The Brilliant Club processing your special categories of data as outlined above and in line with its Privacy Policy.