How to complete the job application form

The application is split into different sections which you can complete either in one go, or individually and then save them.  This allows you to review and amend the information prior to submission.

Please refer to the job description and person specification when completing the application form.  You may find it helpful to make some notes or a draft of your ideas to make sure you have covered all elements before you start.

Submitting an incomplete application form may affect your chances of success.

1. Contact Details

When completing your contact details, please supply an email address (where possible) and a telephone number, where you can be contacted during office hours if possible.

2. Employment History

Please provide details of your full employment history, starting with your current or most recent position. This can include voluntary and unpaid work that you feel is relevant to your application.  You must also identify gaps in your employment history and give the reasons for these gaps.

3. References  

You will be asked to provide contact details of two individuals who will be able to supply references in accordance with the Reference Policy.

Reference policy - you will be asked to provide contact details for two individuals who will be able to verify some of the details you have provided, including your employment history, attendance and disciplinary record (and where appropriate to the post, your suitability to work with children and/or vulnerable adults). We may also contact previous employers who have not been named as referees to verify your employment details.

Please provide a contact name for your referees along with the company or organisation name and the full postal address, telephone number and email address (if available).

Providing incomplete information at application stage can cause delays later in the recruitment process. If possible you should confirm with your referees that they are willing to provide a reference for you and can respond promptly should this be required.  If we are unable to obtain references from either referee we will contact you and ask you to provide alternative referee details.

For positions where there is little or no contact with children and/or vulnerable adults, the following reference criteria will be followed:

• candidate currently employed: from current employer, and from employer prior to current

• candidate not currently employed: from most recent employer, and from previous employer (if most recent was for less than five years)

• candidate never been employed: character reference - school, college, voluntary organisation (where possible). This should not be a family member

• candidate currently self-employed: from organisation who can verify self-employment dates, e.g. bank or accountant, and from previous employer (if self-employed for less than five years)

For positions where the safeguarding of children and/or vulnerable adults is a consideration you will be asked to provide two referees, one of whom should be your current/most recent employer.  If you have worked with children and/or vulnerable adults in a previous role (but not your current/most recent) we will also seek a reference from this employer.  Please advise referees that we will require references, in this respect, to be confirmed in writing as required by inspection bodies, such as Ofsted.

4. Education, Training & Vocational Qualifications

Please provide details (including dates) of your qualifications that you consider relevant for the post. Also include details of apprenticeships or training you have undertaken or short courses/seminars you have attended recently that may be relevant to the post. In addition please specify any membership/registration which you hold with a professional body.

5. Supporting Statement

This is where you are asked to demonstrate that you meet the requirements of the post. Using the job description and person specification, you should illustrate with details of your knowledge, skills and experience, giving examples of how you meet the requirements. The examples can be from any activity; work based, from college or university, voluntary or social.

6.  Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form 

The information you supply on this form allows us to monitor our recruitment process in terms of age, disability, ethnic origin, gender, nationality, religion and belief, and sexual orientation. The data helps us to know if we are doing all we can to ensure we create a workforce representative of the community. Please be assured that this information is not seen by the panel short-listing for interview and will not be used in the selection decision.

Last updated: 05 December 2016 17:30:50