Research-led approaches to build a strong teacher workforce

At the Teacher Selection Project we work with partners around the world to develop leading-edge methods to recruit, select, and develop prospective teachers. Our research is published in peer-reviewed journals, working papers, and presented at academic conferences.

We collaborate closely with teacher education providers and government ministries to implement our research-based recruitment, selection and development tools.

T-Screen, a situational judgment test (SJT), is used for screening and selection. It provides an assessment of candidates’ non-academic attributes (e.g., empathy, adaptability) using context-rich, video and text classroom scenarios. We have been conducting research on SJTs since 2013, with a solid foundation of evidence supporting their use in screening and selecting prospective teachers.

You can try a demo T-Screen here

We have developed T-Insight, a  scenario-based learning (SBL) approach, to provide preservice and beginning teachers with the opportunity to engage with realistic classroom scenarios and to reflect on real-time feedback provided by experienced teachers. T-Insight provides a low-risk exposure to classroom experiences that can be delivered remotely via personal device and/or used as the stimulus in guided seminars.

You can try a demo T-Insight tool here

T-Select uses structured and systematic multiple mini-interviews (MMIs) to assess the personal characteristics of prospective teachers. Used widely for selection into medical education, T-Select consists of multiple, independent stations that target a range of non-academic attributes. We use a research-informed approach to develop and test T-Select tools for teacher education programmes.

In this strand of work we are developing a new online approach to attract and recruit teachers into the profession. Using a ‘person-vocation fit’ approach, we are conducting research on a new ‘attribute-based’ recruitment strategy that uses ‘realistic job previews’ to identify high-quality teaching candidates and to encourage their consideration of a teaching career.


TSP (The Teacher Selection Project) has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the Horizon 2020 programme (Consolidator grant SELECTION no. 647234 and Proof of Concept grant EduSelect no. 862272)