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 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 interview 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
It is not essential that candidates have school experience when they apply for a PGCE Primary Education course, however, we would recommend that candidates obtain some observation experience to ensure that teaching is the right career path for them. If you want to gain experience, we suggest spending approx 10 days in a mainstream primary school as this amount of time should give you a good overview of primary teaching.
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. https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/how-to-apply/passing-the-skills-tests
Applicants should register here as soon as you have applied for an ITT programme,
You should research the National Curriculum in your subject area and/or age group,
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
During the day you will be given a task to assess your ability to read, understand and provide a response to a written article. You will be expected to critically discuss the arguments presented within the article (click on the title to access), 'Research schools: what are they and why do they exist? by Samantha Lauren King' (schoolsweek.co.uk September 26 2017).
Group TaskIn 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.
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 PGCE course. The following areas will be focused upon:
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 after application and prior to 30th June 2019.
In February 2018, changes to the arrangements for the skills tests were announced.
It is strongly advised that applicants visit the Department for Education website to obtain further information and sample practice papers. Applicants may find the following link helpful: http://bit.ly/1vumKKf