BEd Secondary PE

BEd Secondary PE

The interview provides you with an opportunity to demonstrate your potential for training and subsequent role as a teacher.  You will require a pen, in order to undertake some basic literacy activities and appropriate sports kit (see below) for your practical assessment.  All applicants will be interviewed by staff who work within the Secondary Schools Partnership.  Questions will explore your communication skills, subject knowledge, awareness of teaching and learning and commitment to equal opportunities.  The interviewing tutors will also be keen to find out details of your prior experience of teaching, and any involvement with young people, particularly in the 11-18 age range.

Practical Assessments

  1. Practical assessments will involve candidates taking part in a range of physical activities in the sports hall  to explore physical literacy, fundamental movement capabilities and personal  characteristics. Part of this will be a leadership activity where you will be given and activity to plan and deliver on the day.
  2. Subject Knowledge assessments – you will be involved in a practical movement based activity that will enable you to embed movement skills and show understanding of what makes performance effective.


For these practical presentation and subject knowledge assessments, you will need the appropriate sports kit.

  • Men:   White sports shirt, white/black shorts, socks and trainers
  • Women:   White sports shirt, games skirt/shorts, socks and trainers

These practical assessments are very important so it is imperative that you are able to perform to the best of your ability.  We will not interview you if you have an injury that will prevent you from undertaking these practical activities.  However, please inform us early if this is the case, and we will arrange an alternative interview date.


Literacy Assessment

During the day you will be given a task to assess your ability to read, understand and provide a response to a written article.  The article to be reviewed is (click on the title to access), "Physical Education - Competition is not a dirty word'' by Darren Evans  (TES 13th September 2013).   

 Criteria for Assessment

You will be selected based on the following criteria

  1. Knowledge, skills, academic background and prior experience
  2. Qualities, attitudes, ethics and values
  3. Aptitude for teaching
  4. Ability to communicate effectively

These criteria will be applied through all aspects of the day including the written activity, practical activity, leadership activity, formal interview and how your present yourself on the day.

In addition judgements will be made on your Health and physical capacity to teach as outlined by the National College of Teaching and Leadership  ITT criteria 2013

 Preparation for Interview

In order to prepare for the interview, all applicants for BEd Secondary Physical Education are asked to:

  1. access /read the National Curriculum for Physical Education available from
  2. request verification of your classroom experience from the school on headed paper to present at interview.


Professional Skills Tests

Entrants for Initial Teacher Education programmes need to be aware of Government regulations regarding mandatory skills tests in numeracy and literacy. The cut-off date for achieving these is 30th June. 

Applicants should register at the following link as soon as you have applied for an ITT programme, . Prior to being able to take a place on at ITT course applicants must successfully pass both Literacy and Numeracy Skills tests.  We suggest that you take the time to familiarise yourself with the skills tests requirements, attempt practice tests and Register your tests at your local Test Centre.