Within your subject choice is an article that you should read or a video to watch about education, each is subject specific.
As part of the interview process you will take part in a short discussion with some other candidates.
You should come having read/watched the article and ready to contribute to the discussion about it.
Please note that there is no one thing we are looking for in relation to this piece; rather we are
interested to see how you have understood it and what opinions you have about the issues involved,
as well as how you interact with other potential students.
Please ensure you read the article relevant to the specialism you have been invited to interview for.
Art and design
Listen to the BBC Radio 4 broadcast and consider the ideas expressed in this interview. You should come
prepared to discuss the relevance these ideas may have for your future career as a primary school
teacher and the role of art and design in the primary curriculum.
You will need to bring a portfolio of work in art and design, together with any sketchbooks and essays
that you have undertaken. Try to ensure there is clear evidence of drawing in your portfolio. If you
have any large or three-dimensional work which is difficult to transport then photographs of such
items are acceptable to include in your portfolio.
Early Childhood Studies
Read the article from The Conversation in order to prepare for a 20 minute group discussion with other interviewees.
You are encouraged to relate what you read to your current studies, your own experiences with young children as well as any other further reading you undertake. Those interviewing you will make brief notes on your contribution to the discussion as well as your interaction with others in the group. You may bring the article and any notes you wish to make to the interview.
Read the article on the Centre for Longitudinal Studies website or download the PDF and think about your own opinions in relation to the content. You will be
asked to discuss this article at your interview, so please be prepared for this.
Allan and Janet Ahlberg’s book Starting School is recommended
as a useful resource for young children to develop a sense of time.
Choose a story that you would recommend as a starter for a humanities topic in key stage 1 or key
stage 2. Bring your story to the interview and be prepared to tell us why you chose it and how you
would use it. This task will form part of a group activity rather than a formal presentation.
Look at the article on the Guardian website and come to
the interview day prepared to discuss the ideas on the website.
Questions to consider:
- Do you agree with the overall sentiment within the article?
- What are your own experiences of primary mathematics teaching?
- What do you think of the mathematical questions that the teachers were asked?
- What do you think is the answer to 2/0?
Look at the following Guardian website article: "Young Musician winner Sheku Kanneh-Mason is just what classical music needs"
You should read the Guardian article and browse the comments.
Think about these two
- What stood out for you about this article?
- How do you think primary school music education could play its part in supporting children’s musical development?
The interview day will include a very short, informal practical session. So please bring your
instrument (or voice!) and be prepared to perform and discuss a short piece of music of your choice.
This could include a study, an orchestral excerpt, a piece of improvisation, an exam piece or anything
else which is special to you and you really enjoy playing.
Look at the ‘Keeping Enjoyment at the Heart of Key Stage Two Physical Education’
You should come to the interview prepared to discuss the ideas from this article.
The interview will include a practical session, during which teaching staff will look at your
engagement in the physical tasks, physical competence and personal interaction. Please ensure that
you bring suitable clothing with you, i.e. tracksuit, trainers etc.
Special Educational Needs
Watch the Special Needs Inclusion video, available at the TES website.
You should come prepared to discuss the opinions and ideas in the film, and your own
opinions on the subject matter.
Read the below article in preparation for your interview.
7 July 2010, BBC News Education and Family (2010) Primary schools 'need specialist science teachers' [online]
accessed 7 November 2011