We look forward to welcoming you to the University of St Mark & St John for your interview day and hope that you will gain much from the experience. The day is important for both you and for us as it is important that we see if you are suitable for the course you have applied for, but equally that you find out if this is the place you want to study.
During the day you will have the opportunity to
We want you to present yourself in the best light on the day so there are a number of different components to the day and we aim to make you feel comfortable and welcome. Please read the information provided in the letter and on the website carefully so you come well-prepared for the different parts of the day.
Recommended preparation for interview
In order to prepare for the interview all applicants are asked to:
For Primary PGCE, before you apply, you must have already gained 15 days experience, this should include a minimum of 5 days in a mainstream primary classroom (within the last two years).
This can be just as an observer looking at different teaching methods, how the class is divided into groups, how literacy and numeracy is delivered, how behaviour is managed etc. If you are invited to interview, you will be required to ask the setting/school to complete a form verifying this. This will be sent to you and must be completed and returned before interview.
Entrants for Initial Teacher Education programmes need to be aware of Government regulations regarding mandatory skills tests in numeracy and literacy. These will be taken immediately after application and prior to any offer being made. 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, http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/apply-for-teacher-training/skills-tests .
You should research the National Curriculum in your subject area and/or age group, https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum
You should also be aware of changes to policy and current issues in education.
The Interview Process
The interview process comprises two key elements:
Structure of the interview day
Please click here for the structure of the interview day.
In preparation for your group interview we would like you to share something about which you are passionate or in which you have a particular skill.
The activity will be in a group of 5 or 6 candidates and you will have a maximum of 10 minutes to complete your task.
To be successful in this task:
In addition we will be assessing:
This task will take place in a teaching room:
Please bear in mind that 10 minutes is not long - keep it simple!
We look forward to learning about a broad range of interests and skills. Please remember that the subject matter is entirely your choice. It is how you go about it that interests us.
You will be asked a number of questions which are designed to ascertain if you are a suitable candidate for teaching and for this PGCE course. The following areas will be focused upon: