We look forward to welcoming you to Plymouth Marjon University 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 where you want to study.
During the day you will have the opportunity to:
There are a number of different components to the day which will provide us with a full picture of your ability and skills. We want you to present yourself in the best light on 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. As this is a professional course, please come suitably dressed for interview.
BEd Secondary Physical Education Interview
The interview provides you with an opportunity to demonstrate your potential for training and the role of a teacher. You will require a pen, in order to undertake some basic literacy and numeracy activities and appropriate sports kit (see below) for your practical assessment. 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.
For these practical activities and subject knowledge assessments, you will need the appropriate sports kit.
These practical assessments are very important so it is essential that you are able to perform to the best of your ability. We will not interview you if you have an injury which prevents you from undertaking these practical activities. However, please inform us early if this is the case so that we can arrange an alternative interview date.
Literacy and Numeracy Assessment
During the day you will be given a literacy task to assess your reading and writing. You will be asked to write a short piece about the importance of Physical Education within the curriculum.
The numeracy task will focus 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:
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 2017.
Preparation for Interview
In order to prepare for the interview, all applicants for BEd Secondary Physical Education are asked to:
The documents listed above should be scanned and emailed to email@example.com at least 7 days before your interview date.
Professional Skills Tests
Entrants for Initial Teacher Education programmes should be aware of Government regulations regarding the mandatory Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy. Prior to being able to take up a place on an ITT course, applicants must successfully pass both the Literacy and Numeracy Skills Tests. It is essential that you take the time to familiarise yourself with the skills test requirements, attempt practice tests and register for the tests at your local Test Centre.
Applicants should register at the following link as soon as they have applied for an ITT programme, http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/apply-for-teacher-training/skills-tests. The university will check the status of completed tests on 30 June. We would expect you to have passed the tests by this date unless there are exceptional circumstances, in which case a new date can be negotiated with the Admissions team.
We look forward to meeting you!