PGCE Secondary interviews

Message from the Programme Leads

Congratulations on being invited to interview for one of our PGCE Secondary programmes. On this page we have provided information regarding the format of the day and tasks we would like you to complete in advance. It is vital that you are prepared and are able to talk about these tasks when you meet us.

The interview is designed to ensure that:

  • school staff are involved in the recruitment of trainee teachers
  • equality of opportunity is promoted and discrimination avoided
  • the nature and atmosphere of the interviews and discussions reflects the programme ethos and aims.

You are required to arrange visits to local schools before interview, so that you can discuss your observations of teaching and learning. If you do not have recent experience of secondary schools your offer of a place on the programme will include conditions for school experience.

You should also be aware of National Curriculum requirements and developments in the Secondary National Strategy in your chosen subject area. Details of the relevant Secondary National Curriculum can be found at the GOV.UK website

During your interview, you will be asked to complete a placement registration form. This is not part of the interview decision but gives applicants the opportunity to outline specific circumstances which may affect their school placements.

We look forward to meeting you at your interview and if you should need any help or assistance please do contact us.

Best wishes,

Matthew Wharf and Tom Cowan