Researchers in Schools Application Form 2021

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This form should be used to apply for placements beginning mid-August 2021. 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. Your Preferences and Additional Information
Section 2. Personal Details
Section 3. Your Academic Qualifications
Section 4. Competencies and Motivations
Section 5. Data Sharing and Privacy Notices

Before you begin, it is strongly recommended that you familiarise yourself with the programme details for 2021 in our Information for Applicants section and read our guidance on how to complete this form.

Should you encounter any problems completing this form, please contact the recruitment team via or on 0208 194 1629 to discuss how to proceed.

Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are compulsory

Eligibility (1/3)
What stage of your doctorate are you currently at?

Eligibility (2/3)
Do you already hold Qualified Teacher Status?

Possession of, or eligibility for, QTS
Individuals who hold QTS on the first day of the programme are not eligible for a training bursary. 

Individuals who hold QTLS status and are members of the Society for Education and Training (SET), formerly the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), are recognised as qualified teachers in maintained schools in England. They must continue to maintain their registration with SET for this recognition to be valid. They will still be able to apply for an ITT place and in turn receive a bursary. However, they must meet all the criteria specified in eligibility for training bursaries.

Individuals who hold Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) are also still able to apply for an ITT place and in turn receive a bursary. However, they must meet all the criteria specified in eligibility for training bursaries to be eligible.

Eligibility (3/3)
Can you attend our Summer Training induction?

I confirm that, if successful I will be required to attend all of the two-week Researchers in Schools summer training, currently scheduled for 9th - 19th August 2021. I confirm I understand that failure to attend this training may result in the withdrawal of my offer.

Section 1. Personal Info and Your Preferences

Your Details

Please note here any other names/versions of your first name that you usually use in correspondence or would like us to refer to you by.

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 English Baccalaureate 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), or that none of the subjects below match your area of expertise, please contact us via

Note to Biologists/Physicists/Chemists
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.

Note for Linguists

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.

Following from the above, in which subject would you prefer to train as a teacher? 

Visa sponsorship via the salaried route is only available to candidates wishing to teach mathematics or physics. 
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 normally travel to your ITE provider once per week for training, though this varies by provider.

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.

Route Preferences

The Researchers In Schools programme is available via two initial teacher training routes for Year 1: 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 or no 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 route is only suited to those with significant experience of working with secondary age pupils in educational contexts and the potential 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 are eligible for at least one of the routes offered and that you are fully familiarised with the information for your route, including bursary/salary amounts for your subject and region and information regarding if you need to pay tuition fees. 

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Section 2. Personal Info (continued)

Address Info

About You


Employment Info

As part of the recruitment process and before starting your training, your school or provider will require you to complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check as a minimum. For more information on this, see

Visa and Sponsorship

Application Source

Other Training Routes

Section 3. Your Academic Qualifications

GCSE Maths & English


A-Levels and Grades

Undergraduate Studies

Postgraduate Studies (where applicable)

Doctoral Studies

Important Note: Demonstrating International Qualification Equivalency

GCSE Equivalencies

Where your grades in Maths and English are not equivalent to a GCSE grade C/4 or above, 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 Level, Degrees and Other Qualifications

Please note that, as part of the application process, you may require proof that your other qualifications are equivalent to the required UK standard. 

To get proof of equivalency, you can visit international grade comparison sites, such as UK NARIC, and obtain a statement of comparability. A charge will apply for this service.

We recommend that you begin this process if you are successful at the first-round interview stage to prevent delays or problems with your application.

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Section 4. Competencies and Motivations

The following questions give you an opportunity to explain why you are an excellent candidate to become a Researchers in Schools participant, 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.

Note: If you indicated that you would be happy to be considered for either route, the above question is compulsory. If necessary, you can edit your route choices by moving back through the form.

Section 5. Data Sharing and Privacy Notices

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.