Today I thought I would talk about my experience of interviewing for a SCITT with PGCE programme. During my application process, I was offered interviews at all three of the providers but only went to one of them.
I received responses from the all my choices very quickly and had my first interview on 28th Feb just a week after applying. My interview lasted half of the school day with me having to arrive for 8.30am. There were several different tasks to complete during the day which I will list below:
· 5-minute presentation on “why I want to be a teacher and what I bring to the role”. This was to be given to a group of students and must keep them engaged.
· Subject knowledge audit
· Two written tasks one based on the importance of my subject (maths) in the curriculum and the other on an issue affecting education.
· Formal interview
· Helping in a maths class
· Document checking
The presentation was something I struggled to plan. I wasn’t told what age group I would be presenting to so wasn’t sure what level to pitch at. I decided to go in and just be myself and get the class involved by asking questions. It seemed to be received well and I didn’t see anyone yawning‼
The subject knowledge audit was combined with the two written tasks. I was given the materials for all of them at the same time then given 90 minutes to complete everything. The subject knowledge audit was half of a non-calculator GCSE paper and the written tasks were as described above. For each of the written tasks I had to write 200 words, however, this was not a strict limit. As long you wrote around a page of A4 I think it would be fine. For preparation I didn’t feel the need to practice for the paper but I did read lots of articles from https://www.tes.com/news/school-news to prepare for the questions about curriculum and current issues. For my current issue I discussed the teacher shortages and my personal opinions on what could be done better etc.
My formal interview was quite laid back but you could tell you were still being assessed. I had two senior members of staff who took it in turns to ask questions. Two examples of questions I was asked are:
· What is the role of the form tutor?
· How would you deal with a student being rude?
I wish I could remember more to tell you but my memory isn’t great! Overall, I thought the interview went well and they seemed to respond well to my answers.
My favourite part of the day was definitely getting to help out in a maths class. I was placed into a second set year 8 class while they were being taught how to multiply positive and negative numbers. I really enjoyed working with them and it was good to see how their teacher handled the class. I got involved as much as I could while they were doing group activities and the teacher got me to hand out credits as reward for good work. Being part of great lessons like that one are what make me excited to be a teacher!
My interview finished at 1pm after checking my ID and DBS check and at 4pm I got the call to say I had been successful. The interview had actually taken place at my old secondary school and was my first choice of training provider with it being the closest to home. My other two interview offers were not in ideal locations so I decided to accept the first offer and decline interviews at my other choices. I am both excited and nervous to be learning to teach with some of my of my old teachers but I am sure it will work out for the best. As it is a partnership of schools I may not even be placed in my old school so I won’t worry about that just yet. If any of you have learnt to teach in your old school I’d love to hear from you in the comments!
I’m definitely guilty of rambling in this post but I think I’ve covered everything I wanted to. if I’ve left anything out or there’s anything else you want to know then please feel free to leave a comment 😊
Thanks for reading! xox