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I am a non EU resident. Do I require a visa before I apply?

You are free to apply to any school or position of interest and we will consider your application(s).

Following Brexit, immigration laws have changed. If you are a EU, EEA or Swiss National already residing in the UK on or before 31st December 2020, you are able to apply under the settlement scheme before 30th June 2021. Until then, you are able to continue to work under your usual right to work. For full details on how this may affect you, follow the link to the GOV website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-immigration-system-what-you-need-to-know

The White Horse Federation has been a license holder of Tier 2. Following the Brexit changes, “Tier 2” no longer exists but we still hold Certificates of Sponsorship for exceptional talent overseas.

We cannot advise you on your work eligibility status, but we do not reject any candidate because of his or her need to obtain appropriate work permit/visa. Please be aware that any offer of employment will be subject to the relevant DBS, Identification and Reference Checks prior to your start date with us.

If you are making an application from outside the EU, please refer to the links below for information on UK VISA requirements and guidance on how to get one:

Check if you need a UK visa

Apply for a UK visa

What if I am unable to find a vacancy at a specific academy?

If you cannot find any vacancies listed for a particular school of interest, it means there are no current vacancies open at that time. To keep up to date with relevant vacancies at specific schools, click the ‘Get in Touch’ link to send us an email at the bottom of our Careers page. Please ensure you let us know which school/academy and which roles you are interested in when sending your email.

How can I tell if a White Horse Federation job is genuine?

When you are applying for a genuine job with The White Horse Federation:

  • You will always be contacted from a White Horse Federation or Networx email address – never a webmail account such as Yahoo, Gmail or Hotmail.
  • You should always be suspicious of adverts with very poor spelling and grammar and limited detail.
  • You will always be asked to complete an online application form through our careers portal, never via CV.
  • You will never be asked for payments for visa processing, administration fees or accommodation deposits.
  • You will never be asked for your bank details or personal identification documentation before we have made a formal offer of employment.
  • You will always be asked to sign a hard copy of your offer of employment, which will be sent to you on White Horse Federation headed paper via pdf if not posted. Covid19 has meant our processes have had to change slightly, without affecting the quality of service.

How do I apply?

All applications made to positions with a White Horse Federation school must be made via The White Horse Federation Careers portal. You will need to create an account in order to submit applications and track your application.

You can use the website search filters to find relevant opportunities within the trust of interest to you. Once you have found a position you are interested in, simply click 'Apply’ on the top right hand side of the advertisement. Once logged in, you can complete the sections required and submit your application.

Click here to search our current vacancies.

When should I apply?

Application deadlines vary by school and position. Please make sure you complete your application ahead of the specified closing date so we can ensure your application is considered. Our system will notify you automatically by email, up to five times ahead of the closing date so you don’t miss out!

Some schools may request that applications be submitted by a specific time of day. Please be aware of this and submit your application accordingly.

Please note: Schools may choose to interview as and when suitable applications are received and may appoint a candidate and close the job before the advertised deadline without notice. In this situation, you will still be able to access and amend your application form, but you will not be able to submit it. This means you should look to submit your application as soon as possible after seeing the advertisement to avoid disappointment.

Can I save mid-application and return later?

Yes. Just click save and return at any part of the application. You’ll know your sub category is complete because our recruitment system will turn the section green. Those remaining in red still need to be completed before you’re able to submit your application.

What information do I have to provide in the application form?

Our quick and easy application form contains the following sections:

  • Personal Information (including contact details and National Insurance Number)
  • Diversity and Monitoring information
  • Pre-Employment Suitability (including right to work in the UK and Safeguarding information)
  • Qualifications and professional bodies detail (teaching+ roles)
  • Current Employment
  • Employment History (you must complete a full employment history, including an explanation of any gaps in employment of longer than one month)
  • Education, Training and Development History
  • Supporting statement outlining how your Knowledge, Skills and Experience are relevant to the role
  • Referees (you must provide two referees, one of whom must be your current/most recent employer)
  • Privacy and Safeguarding Declarations

Can I check my application status online?

Yes. You can check the status of your application at any time by logging back into the trust’s recruitment portal where you’ve applied.

Can I apply with a CV or cover letter?

No. The White Horse Federation does not accept applications made solely with a CV. Cover letters and CVs can be used to support your fully completed application form, which must also include a supporting statement.

I’m struggling to upload a supporting document. What do I do?

Contact [email protected] if you experience these issues and a member of our team will guide you.

Where can I find a copy of my application form?

If you need to locate a copy of the application form you submitted, this can be found on your login homepage when signed into your candidate account. From here, you will find a record of each application submitted and can view and/or print each application.

Can I apply to multiple schools and positions?

Yes. Once you have submitted your application, you can view all your applications, their statuses and your application history via the homepage on our recruitment portal. You can apply to as many schools or positions as you wish.

When applying for positions, please review the advert, job description and person specification, where available, to confirm you have the required experience. The number of positions and academies you apply for will not impact our selection process, but limiting the number of applications at one time helps us understand what you are interested in. You should be clear as to why you are interested and your motivations for applying to different positions and schools. This should be outlined in your supporting statement and must be pertinent to each position and school you apply to.

What if I have previously applied to a position or academy?

Your application history will be registered and stored securely in the recruitment portal homepage. You must apply for a position to start your application. If you wish to re-apply to a position or school and had been unsuccessful in the first round of interviews, you will not be able to submit a new application, but you may be eligible to have your application reinstated for shortlisting depending on your feedback. Please contact the hub HR team for direction on this.

How do I know if you've received my application?

Once you have submitted your application, the system will confirm "application submitted". The application details will also appear in your homepage, with the status of "Application Submitted". If you have not submitted an application, the status will display as "Application in Progress".

You will also receive a confirmation email that your application has been submitted.

Can I withdraw my application?

Yes. You can login to the recruitment portal and withdraw your application or remove yourself from the recruitment portal at any time should you wish.

Will my details be saved for future applications?

If you have previously created an account and applied for a position through the careers website, your details will be stored securely to make any future applications much quicker. Each job vacancy you apply for will have its own application form for you to submit. There will be fields auto saved for you to help speed up the application process.

We advise that you review and update any relevant sections of your application before making multiple applications.

What happens once I have made an initial application?

Once you have applied for a position, you will receive an automatic email confirming receipt of your application. We may request further information to support this application. Please be aware of application deadlines if you decide not to complete your application in one session.

Who should my referees be and when will you contact them?

As part of our application process, you must provide the details of three referees. One of these referees MUST be your current or most recent employer. Your second reference can be a past employer, or any character reference provided they are not related (or closely related) to you, known to you for five or more years, and in current employment.

A standard part of our recruitment process is to request references prior to interview. If you do not want your referee(s) to be contacted prior to interview, please make sure you state this in the section as marked next to each referee entry.

When can I expect to hear whether my application has been successful or not?

Once you have submitted an application, you will receive an email confirming this. Once the closing date has passed, the school recruiting panel will shortlist successful candidates and HR will contact you directly to arrange interviews. We may also request further information to support your application prior to any interviews. Unsuccessful applicants will always be notified, so you know where you stand.

Please be aware that during school holidays, waiting times may be slightly longer due to staff being away.

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