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    I'm really nervous about it!! was just wondering whether anyone else on here has got one tommorow??? I'm slightly worried though because it says 'evidence of working with children, particularly in Art' (It's an Art specialism) The thing is the days which I had been going to my local primary school were Wednesday mornings (They had Art in the afternoon) however I did get to go into the Art class at least once and I have been helping in a year 7 Art class at my own school!! Should I just big this up as much as possible? should you link everything you say to your own experience?????? thanks as you can see I am flapping a bit!! lol
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    When it comes to my own work I have done loads! so hopefully they will see how interested I am in teaching it arghh!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Hello

    Are you applying for PGCE or 4 year degree? I can help on the PGCE as Ive gotten into Reading Primary there x
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    Hey I am applying for the four year degree! I am nervous about the interview, I assume the PGCE and 4 years interview is relatively similar?!?!
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    I would guess so, i think the main difference is you have way more time to learn everything! Interview wise, for the PGCE, it was very relaxed, they tried to make you feel as un-nervous as possible (although difficult when you have an interview!).... They asked all the questions you might expect... why do you want to teach? What has led you to teaching? What skills do you think a teacher needs? How would you cope teaching a broad range of subjects required in primary? What would be your strongest/weakest subject? Tell me about your experience? Have you been reading about current educational issues? What is your opinion on them?.... think that was basically it, with a few more PGCE related ones for me! They are not trying to catch you out, they just want to know about you and if you'd make a good teacher! Just smile, make eye contact and be yourself!

    I suspect they will ask you about the art specialism bit.... and definately make sure you tell them about helping the years 7's in your own school! Thats really good experience, even if it is in the wrong age group! Mention that you have observed art classes in the school you volunteer in, that will be important too... tell them you have observed classes and then go onto explain what you saw, what was good/bad, what you'd maybe do a bit differently if you can think of anything !

    And yes always always always link everything back to your experience in school, it shows youve thought critically about your observations/experience and evaluated.... which is something you'l always have to do as a teacher, plan, deliver and then evaluate the lesson!

    Really good luck for your interview, Reading seems a great uni! Although not may people on here seem be going there...! But guess theres so many diff uni's!
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    Thanks alot I got rejected from Canterbury but I got some feedback and I've been preparing alot for this one. I've written down my thoughts on Why I want to teach, difficulties teachers may face etc to try in case a question like that comes up. I really really hope I get an offer because the course sounded perfect for what I want to do!!!!!! thanks for the question suggestions as well I will bear them in mind for tommorow!!! and I agree that not many people seem to be talking about applying to Reading it is quite a prestigious university so I'm suprised!
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    omg i am so worried...i applied for a primary ed degree specialising in english and i still haven't heard anything even though loads of my friends have. are the english side just being slow or are they preparing to reject me???????
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    I have no idea sorry! I had my interview on wednesday it was way more relaxed than Canterbury! people that were specialising in English brought written stuff with them but apparently the interviewers didn't even look at it
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    oh ok thanks. if loads of people are having interviews already, i don't think i have much hope do i? and its funny because actually reading asks for the lowest grades out of all those i applied for and i have other offers. it has become my favourite as well...grrrr
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    and how did ur interview go btw?
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    Hey it went ok I think, I don't really know you have got go into the art rooms and wait with like 5 people doing your specialism whilst the 2 heads of Art come and take people one by one to be interviewed. You only have one interviewer, I had the woman she looked at my art book and asked me to talk about what I'd done, she was really nice! then she asked why I wanted to come to Reading. Then we sat down and she asked me questions about my experience. When we were all back in the art room the interviewers went away and we could carry on doing the writing task which was "What makes an excellent teacher? talk about your experience and what you can draw from this?" I had to loads to say for that and we had like an hour or more to answer it! However I did make quite alot of crossings out so I'm really worried it was a mess!!!!! apart from that we had lunch and then a group interview where we were given an article about the rose review and new curriculum plans. We had to discuss this as a group of 12 or so with the head of education there and a teacher from a partnership school. The other 12 were taken to another room for the same thing. Then he went home!!! when you do your interview make sure you had lots of different examples or working in different materials because the other people in my group were being criticised for only having drawings with them etc!

    I also heard they are interviewing up until spring so I'm sure you are more than likely to get an interview date!!! good luck anyway this info should help you if you go for one! also the interviewer asked me what qualities make a good teacher!
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    thanks for that...it was so helpful. i hope i get one too, its actually my favourite uni and the only one with primary education which i've decided i really want to do. I am doing the english specialism though so i expect that part will be slightly different. i really hope i get one
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    Thats cool the only thing that put me off was the uni buildings on the campus that the education department is on. I don't know whether you have been there? but they are rather outdated.. apparently they are moving to the main campus in 2011 but other than that it was good!
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    yeah i have been there. they're a bit scabby aren't they but yeah i heard that as well and i think they are going to rebuild too at some point. and apaz the halls are really really nice and thats what matters really
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    (Original post by Amywoody2009)
    Thats cool the only thing that put me off was the uni buildings on the campus that the education department is on. I don't know whether you have been there? but they are rather outdated.. apparently they are moving to the main campus in 2011 but other than that it was good!
    i rang up reading this morning and was told that i do have an interview yay...on the 17th feb. :woo: i am soooooooooooooooo happy. hopefully it will go well. thanks for all the info you gave me and stuff
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    Don't panic if you havn't heard from Reading yet, you will eventually, something happened with their system when the snow came which has slowed down the process! x
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    I heard from there this morning, got a conditional offer x
 
 
 
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