Information for PGCE primary interview candidates
PGCE Primary Interviews
We are thrilled to be inviting you to interview for the Primary PGCE course at the University of Reading. We are looking forward to meeting you and hope you enjoy your visit.
We want this to be a stress-free process to enable you to perform to your potential and hope, therefore, that the following information will be helpful to you.
Please read the information below carefully in order to prepare for your interview.
Please note: to cancel or reschedule your allotted interview time contact us asap at email@example.com.
Prior to the interview
- Begin to become familiar with the teaching standards
- See goveducation
- It may be beneficial to visit educational settings, particularly within the age ranges for which you have applied. Use the opportunity to meet teachers, watch them at work and get involved in helping children to learn. Reflect on what you have observed.
- Be aware of the current issues facing teaching, particularly in the area for which you have applied.
Organisation of the Interview Day
The timetable for the sessions are noted below:
|Morning session times||Activities|
|9.30||Arrival for interview session|
|9.30-10.00||Campus tour and Director's presentation|
|10.30||Collaborative book presentations|
Certificate and DBS paperwork checked
Written tasks completed
Please arrive promptly and report to Reception on London Road Campus (L16).
The day will finish by 2.00pm at the latest, but depending on the number of applicants on each interview day there is potential for it to finish before 2.00pm.
Collaborative presentation based around a children's book:
You will be grouped with other prospective trainees and given a book (you will have one copy each).
As a group you will be asked to plan a brief presentation based around the book, to include:
- Why you think it is a suitable book for a particular age range
- How you might use the book to further children's development and learning, linked to the NC or EY framework
The preparation and presentation will be observed and assessed by tutors, focussed on:
- The interactions and contributions of each member of the group
- The ability of each member of the group to articulate (in the discussions and/or the presentation) their understanding of how stimulating texts contribute to children's learning
Please do bring pen and paper to make notes - you do not need to prepare anything else prior to this activity.
This will last for approximately twenty minutes and will be a more formal conversation with University staff. It is important that you are able to demonstrate that you have:
- Relevant, recent and adequate experience with children
- An understanding of the role of primary/early years teachers
- An understanding of the content of the National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage Framework
- Knowledge of and insight into current educational issues
- The ability to reflect on and analyse your own experience in school in the context of your development as a trainee teacher
- Awareness of the Teachers Standards and relevance to own development
There will be an opportunity for you to ask any questions you might have at the end of this interview.
The written task
You will be asked to select and discuss a topic from a given list. The topics all reflect current educational issues. One side of A4 is sufficient for this activity and paper will be provided.
Applicants for the Primary mathematics specialism will be asked to complete a written task as well, explaining how a given resource could be used to enhance children's mathematical understanding.
Maths subject knowledge is crucial and the earlier you start to develop this, the better. In addition to the above tasks, you will be asked to complete a series of questions taken from KS2 SATs papers. Your performance in this activity does not influence the final decision, however if you are successful we may advise some work prior to the start of the programme.
Refer to the 'Important Interview Checklist' under the 'Bring to Interview' Section on the left menu and print off any necessary documentation.
If you require any further information about the day or have any specific requirements in respect to special needs please contact firstname.lastname@example.org