PGCE Secondary PE

PGCE Secondary Education Physical Education

The Interview

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 and numeracy activities.  All applicants will be interviewed by staff who work within the Secondary Teacher Education 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.

Presentation Assessments

  1. Teaching episode - Candidates will be expected to plan and teach a 12 minutes teaching episode to 4-6 people, as if you were teaching year 9 pupils. You will need to bring with you a lesson plan outlining the progression of learning linked to one of the aims of the national Curriculum key Stage 3 Physical Education programme of study. You will be teaching in a sports hall environment with the space of around a badminton court size.
  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


Literacy Assessment

  1. 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), Nicky Morgan tells pupils: study Stem subjects to keep your options open’ (TES 10th November 2014).
  2. ‘In tray’ activity – ordering and organising teacher related activities


Numeracy Audit

Focuses on the type of mental arithmetic and ‘on-screen’ questions in the Skills Tests to support your preparation to take this test.


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, presentation 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 PGCE Secondary Education with MFL are asked to:

  1. Prepare for the activities stated above
  2. Access/read the National Curriculum for Physical Education available from
  3. Request verification of your classroom experience from the school using the      ‘School feedback from’
  4. Complete the Subject Knowledge audit
  5. Complete the Education audit


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.