In preparation, we would like you to complete the following:
We would like you to outline any previous experience of teaching or observing teaching and the key aspects you learnt from this.
Please note that previous school experience is not a requirement or a condition of entry to the programme.
Download the previous school experience form to complete.
You will be asked to prepare a five minute presentation prior to interview, ready to present them to staff and other applicants on the day. These should be informal presentations but you should be prepared to answer questions on your chosen topic from the tutor and other applicants.
The aspect to be presented for each subject is as follows:
Art and design
Prepare a five minute presentation on an artist of your choice. Their artwork can vary from any form of 2D or 3D work, video or performance etc. It is your choice. You are asked to present your ideas about her/his work in the form of a talk using any materials, other than PowerPoint, you think appropriate.
Also, please bring along your own portfolio.
Prepare a five minute presentation which identifies a practitioner whose work you find interesting and explain how you would incorporate this into your classroom practice. You are asked to present your ideas about her/his work using any materials, PowerPoint or practical exercises you think appropriate.
Choose and explain the educational potential of a piece of teenage fiction.
This will be a five minute presentation and there will be non-specialists in the panel.
You are asked to present your ideas about the piece using any materials, PowerPoint or practical exercises you think appropriate.
Prepare a five minute presentation on a fieldwork experience you have had anywhere in the world. You should include what the fieldwork involved and suggest how this fieldwork could support geography teaching in school.
Outline an historical enquiry appropriate for teaching Key Stage 3 history and explain how it would support developing historical skills as well as knowledge.
Prepare a five minute presentation on an enrichment activity involving mathematics in which you have participated, either whilst at school or during your time in Higher Education. You should include what the enrichment activity involved and suggest how this activity could support mathematics teaching in school.
Prepare a five minute presentation about a practical activity that you might use in the classroom to achieve a musical outcome. You are encouraged to use your own performing skills but will need to bring your own instruments if required as interviews will take place in non-specialist rooms.
You should be clear about what your pupils would learn and how the activity’s practical nature is relevant to that learning. You should specify which year the activity is designed for and reference should be made to assumed prior experience. The most recent National Curriculum for Music should also be referred to.
Prepare a five minute presentation on your favourite scientist. Your choice may be a contemporary or a historical figure; one of a significant research group or a lone researcher. You are asked to present your ideas about her/his work in the form of a talk using any materials, other than PowerPoint, you think is appropriate.