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Geography

The interview may involve a number of candidates and will be conducted remotely via Microsoft Teams.

 

Prior to interview

  • Please watch the video presentation by the Programme Director – Will Bailey-Watson

  • Plan a presentation. Please be prepared to do a brief, informal presentation to the subject leader about an area of Geography that you are particularly interested in and that is appropriate for secondary pupils at KS3

The presentation should:

  • ­Be no more than 5 minutes long.
  • ­Not use PowerPoint or other presentation formats (including a whiteboard).
  • ­You may wish to show an object with you as a prop or resource, but this is not required.
  • ­Explain why you chose the particular area of Geography for your presentation.
  • ­Include your thoughts on the learning opportunities (in the broadest sense) for the pupils and on any aspects that you anticipate the pupils will find particularly engaging, difficult, or challenging.
  • ­Provoke discussion - you may wish to end with a question.
  • ­Not be a lecture; aim to engage with questions or short activities.

The remote interview process

 

Your interview will start with an introduction by Martin Sutton (the subject leader for PGCE Geography).

 

You will then be given 5 minutes to talk through your presentation with the subject leader, following the advice given above.

 

You will then be asked a series of formal questions, which will explore your motivations for becoming a teacher, your passion for teaching Geography, and look to draw upon your subject knowledge and specialisms. There will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions. This should take approximately 15-20 minutes.

 

Written task

Immediately after the formal interview, an email will be sent to you containing a short written task intended to assess your English fluency and your thoughts on an aspect of geography. This should take approximately 20-30 minutes. The written task can be handwritten or completed electronically.

The written task should be completed and returned to Martin within one hour. Once completed, please send a high-quality scan of your written task (if handwritten) to Martin at: m.sutton@reading.ac.uk

If you choose to complete the written task electronically, you can return your written task to Martin electronically.

Please feel free to contact Martin should you have any questions. 

If your/our network does not behave, please do not panic! We will email you using the addresses given in your application and we will make a contingency plan.