Teacher Training Interview: the best way to prepare …

Teacher Training Interview candidates work together to explore what makes good teaching

If you are ready to apply for teacher training now, then here is the link you need to access the new search engine. If not, then keep on reading to find out more about how you can best prepare for your teacher training interview…

The teacher training recruitment cycle has opened and applications are flooding in (you can apply here). It has been a great start to recruitment but there is more work to be done. We are still having some applicants not really sure about how to prepare for their interview. They passed the first challenge and received an invite to be interviewed, but some do not know how to make the most of this opportunity. Well, this is what we look for in a good candidate when they come in for a teacher training interview… Potential

We are looking to see that you know some of the qualities and skills that make a good teacher. You understand the realities of the classroom and have any idea of what it takes to make a difference in the lives of the young people that we teach. In order to prepare for this, we would suggest that you do the following:

Gain School Experience

Get into schools, meet teachers and see the reality of the classroom. Watch how existing practitioners ensure that students make progress. Evaluate what you have seen and reflect on how it impacted on the students. What went into making that lesson successful? Think about planning, questioning, differentiation (how the teacher makes the learning accessible to all students) and anything else you notice. The ability to reflect on this is vital as this skill will be tested during the teacher training interview.

Identify what you think makes a good teacher. What skills and qualities are important and why? How will these skills help you make a difference in children’s lives? Be prepared to answer questions about this. We want to know what you will aspire to be and how you hope to do it.

Changes in Education

Research any current issues in education, generally, but also in.   your subject. TES, ‘Schools Week, the Telegraph and the Guardian are good places to start.

Teaching Task

You will need to demonstrate your ability to work with students, engage and question them as well as evaluate what is happening. Are the students making progress (learning something)? If not, stop the task (YES, I said stop the task) and try something else that could result in progress. If you do not realise the students are not making progress during the task, make sure to reflect afterwards and think of why it happened and things you could try next time. The ability to reflect is almost more important than how the task itself goes!!

Subject Knowledge

Think about your own subject knowledge. Are there any gaps? If so, what have you been doing to address these?. Here are some ideas – go to events, join professional bodies, gain qualifications (coaching badges, short courses, A Levels of GCSEs, voluntary work in a relevant organisation). Research SKEs (Subject Knowledge Enhancement course), mention in your application your willingness / desire to do one. These courses are paid for by the DfE and you get paid while doing it.

Remember, the teacher training interview is a2-wayy process. We are interviewing you, but we are also trying to show you what we are about. Try not to be nervous (I appreciate it is easy to say this) and let us see who you are. The fact that you are being interviewed means you have already shown real promise. Try to remember this and show your best self. We do realise that this is a challenging situation and will try to make you feel as comfortable as you can during an interview process.

It is unlikely that you will be told the outcome of your teacher training interview on the day. We get feedback from our Lead Subject Tutors and this may take time. We will normally let you know within 2 work days. If that doesn’t happen, it does NOT mean that we have rejected you! We are all teachers and that can delay us coming back to you. If you have questions then call up and find out. Whatever the outcome, we will give you comprehensive verbal feedback on the day. If you are coming onto the course then you can use this feedback to prepare further. If we feel you are not yet ready, the feedback will tell you exactly what we suggest you do to strengthen your application.

one of the best pieces of advice, for nearly anything to do with UCAS Teacher Training applications, is contact the provider. Ask questions.

what they are looking for?

how long will it take to hear back?

what will happen afterwards?

If you would like any more information about our teacher training interview process, then click here. Alternatively, if you want anymore guidance then please book to attend one of our info events at www.bookwhen.com/leicesterscitt

If you are ready to apply, the CLICK HERE. Our UCAS code for the Leicestershire Secondary SCITT is L33.


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