Please note: If you have applied for more than one programme within the Plymouth Institute of Education, you will only need to attend one academic interview. During this interview, you will be assessed to see if you are a suitable candidate for all programmes you have applied for.
Message from the Programme Leader
Well done! You have taken the next step towards being an inspiring primary school teacher.
My colleagues and I always enjoy interviewing our prospective new teachers so I look forward to meeting you soon.
Interview tasks and preparation
Please find details of the interview preparation we would ask that you complete ahead of your interview. It is imperative that you come to your interview prepared.
Interviews are conducted in small groups with our teaching team and comprise of two parts; an informal presentation by each applicant (please see the task below) followed by structured interview questions.
Interview Task for all Primary BEd Pathways:
Please prepare a 5-minute presentation to discuss a favourite children's book published within the past 5 years. You may wish to discuss which age group you would choose to share this to, what themes might be explored within the book and any potential opportunities to link this text to learning across the early years/primary curriculum.
This is an informal presentation for a small group of staff and other applicants and there will be an opportunity for the group to ask you questions about the text you choose.
There is no need for you to prepare a PowerPoint or other visual presentation, although you might like to have a copy of the book to show and share particular aspects you discuss.
EYFS/KS1 Pathway Applicants: Please choose a picture book suitable for this stage.
KS1/KS2 Pathway Applicants: You may choose a book suitable for any age/stage within primary.
SEND Pathway Applicants: You might like to focus on inclusion –how might you share your chosen book so that all children might access it? Alternatively, you might like to select a book that will support children’s understanding about SEND, helping them to feel valued and included.
After your interview
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure
Occupational health clearance (Fit2teach)
Information for students who have previously resided outside the UK as an adult (i.e. from age 18 or over)