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Congratulations on being invited to interview for the BA Primary Education (QTS) programme at the University of Reading.

We want this to be a stress-free process to enable you to perform to your potential and we hope, therefore, that the following information will be helpful to you.

What preparation do I need to do before my interview?

You will be required to hold up a piece of photographic ID to the camera so your identity can be verified (for example, your passport, driving licence (full or provisional) or EU ID card). Please have this document to hand at the start of your interview.

We strongly advise that you make yourself familiar with the programme for which you have applied. We also encourage you to be aware of some of the current issues facing teaching, particularly in the subject area for which you have applied (for example, browse TesThe Guardian's education section or BBC's Family and Education pages).

What will we be looking for at your interview?

  • Appropriate interest, knowledge, understanding and skills in your specialist subject.
  • Some relevant experience with children and any further plans for developing this.
  • A developing understanding of the qualities required to make a good teacher.
  • Some knowledge and understanding of educational issues, including the primary curriculum.
  • Evidence of and ability to present material to an audience in a way which engages their interest.
  • Evidence of ability to participate in a discussion.
  • Potential to reach the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status. We would advise you to read the Teachers' Standardsto familiarise yourself with them prior to interview.

Who will interview me?

You will be interviewed by one of the programme tutors from the Institute of Education and another interviewer. The second interviewer may be a colleague from one of our partner schools. Please note that we will share relevant background information from your application form with our partner school colleague, but this will not include any sensitive data that you provided as part of your application. If you have any queries or concerns in relation to this, please contact admissionssupport@reading.ac.uk.

We look forward to meeting you. In the meantime, if you have any questions about the interview process or if you require any assistance in relation to your interview, please contact admissionssupport@reading.ac.uk.


Before your interview

  • The interview will take place on Microsoft Teams. We advise you to test Microsoft Teams prior to your interview (if you have not used it before) and check that your microphone and camera are functioning before the interview begins.
  • You will be required to hold up a piece of photographic ID to the camera so your identity can be verified (for example, your passport, driving licence (full or provisional) or EU ID card). Please have this document to hand at the start of the interview).
  • Be familiar with the Teachers' Standards
  • Be familiar with the Primary National Curriculum in England

Interview task preparation

  • All applicants will have 3 interview tasks to complete:
    • Task 1 is individualised to the pathway that you are applying for. Please make sure you read the correct task for your chosen specialism or pathway.
    • ­Tasks 2 and 3 are the same for all applicants.

Task 1 – Planned Activity for the Art, English, or Mathematics Specialisms (10 minutes):

Choose a children’s book, related to your specialism choice, and prepare a teaching activity to share with your interviewer. You can refer to your notes during this discussion.

You will need to:

  • Read a short extract from the book aloud
  • Identify the age range for the activity
  • Relate the teaching activity to your specialism choice
  • Be prepared to discuss the value of reading
  • Be prepared to discuss how you might use the book and activity to develop cross-curricular learning
  • Demonstrate that you have thought about the planning and the way that the activity will support learning
  • Be familiar with the Teachers' Standards
  • Be familiar with the Primary National Curriculum in England

Then go to Task 2


Task 1 – Planned Activity for the Music Specialism (10 minutes):

Prepare a verbal presentation explaining how you would teach a music lesson to primary aged children. Plan a short lesson or watch someone else teach the lesson. You can refer to your notes during this discussion.

You will need to:

  • Be prepared to discuss how you might use music to develop cross-curricular learning
  • Demonstrate that you have thought about the way that the activity, either planned or observed, will support learning
  • Be familiar with the Teachers' Standards
  • Be familiar with the Primary National Curriculum in England
Then go to Task 2

Task 1 – Planned Activity for the General Pathway (10 minutes):

Choose a children’s book, related to any subject taught in the Primary National Curriculum, and prepare a teaching activity to share with your interviewer. You can refer to your notes during this discussion.

You will need to:

  • Read a short extract from the book aloud
  • Identify the age range for the activity
  • Relate the teaching activity to your specialism choice
  • Be prepared to discuss the value of reading
  • Be prepared to discuss how you might use the book and activity to develop cross- curricular learning
  • Demonstrate that you have thought about the planning and the way that the activity will support learning
  • Be familiar with the Teachers' Standards
  • Be familiar with the Primary National Curriculum in England

Then go to Task 2


Task 2 – Vision Statement – for all specialisms/pathways (5 minutes)

Read our Vision Statement and then focus on the first paragraph to answer the following:

  • What are the key ideas in that first paragraph and what is obviously important to us?
  • Which would you say is the most important of these ideas?

Vision Statement for Initial Teacher Training

Transforming Lives Through Education

At Reading we train teachers who become reflective professionals able to secure the very best for all children. We support them to be resilient, creative, and inclusive. With the highest expectations of learning, progress, and development, they inspire children to become confident, active citizens who can cope with the fast-moving demands of the 21st century.

We offer a range of routes into teaching that utilise our strong partnership with local schools, providing a personalized approach to trainees from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Our commitment to ensuring equal opportunities is evident through our pastoral support which recognises and nurtures the potential in every trainee. All programmes incorporate practical experience grounded in rigorous educational research. Between the campus environment and the diversity embedded within partnership schools, our trainees develop a strong identity as beginner teachers and educators of the future.

 

Then go to Task 3


Task 3 – Written task – for all specialisms/pathways

At the end of your interview, you will be asked to complete a written task. The written task will not be available in advance of your interview.

The written task should be handwritten, and it should be no longer than one side of A4.

Once completed, please send a high-quality scan or photograph of your written task to your interviewer via email. Should you experience any difficulty returning your written task, please email your interviewer giving the reason for the delay.