All set for iday?

James Cooper
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So you’re all confirmed for iday, congratulations! Here’s a list of things you might need to prepare for your trip.

Costs covered at iday:

  • Round trip flight to the UK
  • Accommodation whilst in the UK
  • All iday-related transportation requirements whilst in the UK
  • Meals during the iday interview day and CPD workshop (breakfast is covered all week and school dinners are available Wednesday and Thursday)

Costs not covered at iday:

  • Travel insurance
  • Transportation to and from your designated airport before and after the trip

Iday CV – We’ll be asking you to complete our iday CV template. This is what we’ll use to send to the schools you’ll be interviewing with, so they can get to know a little about you before you sit down with them!

Flight details – You’ll receive your flight details approximately 1-2 weeks before the event.

What to bring:

  • Laptop and adapter
  • Relevant lesson plans
  • Consider bringing items such as stickers, coloured pencils/pens, an object or short video on USB that you could use as an effective and engaging hook to your lesson
  • Professional clothing for interviews and school visits

It is also a good idea, to call your cell phone provider and see if you can include an international package on your phone for the week to avoid long distance/roaming charges.


Day 1 – Arrive in the UK, check in to the hotel and spend the day looking around. We’ll have a meeting in the evening.

Day 2 – iday! We’ll all depart the hotel at 6.30am to get to the venue

Day 3 – Lesson planning workshop and results from your interviews – you’ll either be asked to teach a lesson, ask you for a second interview or make an offer!

Day 4 – School visits to your top choice

Day 5 – School visit to your second choice and offers!

Day 6 – Travel home

General interview tips:

  • Do your homework, research the school and the area
  • Act the part in your interviews
  • Dress to impress
  • Turn off your phone
  • Make eye contact and use a firm handshake
  • Smile!
  • Listen
  • Never badmouth an ex-employer
  • Try not to waffle
  • Have some questions ready to ask

Keywords to keep in mind during interviews:

  • Behaviour management – Positive Reinforcement / Rewards / Expectations / Code of Behaviour
  • Outstanding Lesson – Differentiated / Active Learning / Guided Discovery / Engaging / Fun

Commonly asked questions:

  • Experience with SEN / EAL students and how you appeal to all learners (lower ability and higher ability or gifted and talented)
  • Qualities about yourself as a teacher – pick three points and talk about them in detail giving examples
  • Know your child protection policy / Safeguarding policy

Finally, good luck! Use the resources available to you, your Talent Acquisition Consultant is on hand to help you through the entire iday process and beyond.

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