The Interview

Individual Interview

You will be asked a number of questions which are designed to ascertain if you are a suitable candidate for teaching and for this BEd course. The following areas will be focused upon:  

Professional Skills and Attributes

  • High expectations and commitment to realising pupil potential;
  • Professional behaviour and the role of the teacher;
  • The ability to reflect on your own practice and identify areas for future development. 

Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy  

  • Subject knowledge per se – the essential knowledge and understanding needed to teach the range of primary subjects effectively;
  • Pedagogy – an understanding of the teaching skills and strategies needed to teach all pupils effectively. 

Pupils’ Learning

  • How learning is linked to pupils’ development and their social, religious, ethnic, cultural and linguistic backgrounds and contexts
  • How to promote positive attitudes to pupils’ learning. 
  • Inclusion and ensuring all pupils’ needs are planned for and met.


Group Task – Teaching and Learning

For your group task we would like you to teach the group something about which you are passionate or in which you have a particular skill. You will be teaching them as adults not as children so make sure your chosen focus is appropriate.

The activity will be in a group of no more than 6 candidates and you will have a maximum of 10 minutes to complete the teaching task.  

To be successful in this task: 

  • You need to teach the other members of the group something about this interest
  • You should expect and encourage the other members of the group to interact with you
  • You need to consider how you will engage the group members, possibly with resources etc
  • The other members of the group should have learned something by the end of your task.   

In addition we will be assessing: 

  • Your interaction and engagement with others when you are teaching
  • Your ability to interact with others when others are teaching
  • Your empathy with others
  • Your clear communication with others using Standard English.  

This task will take place in a teaching room. 

  • You will not have access to ICT so plan accordingly
  • You need to provide all the resources for your task
  • Make sure it is interactive and engaging.  

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. In the past examples have included teaching a skill such as knitting, playing a simple tune on a musical instrument, learning some words or phrases in a new language, learning how to read a map, perform a simple dance etc. Others have taught the group about the off-side rule, endangered species or first aid. Please remember that the subject matter is entirely your choice. It is how you go about it that interests us. It’s completely up to you!   


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