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Interviews for primary teaching at Roehampton and Kingston Watch

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    Anyone else had one yet or any students who already are on the course?
    What's it like ?
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    I know someone who had an interview at Roehampton and she was told to write a paragraph or so about why she wanted to teach (or something similar). She made a spelling mistake, and the woman who was interviewing her told her there and then that she didn't think she should do primary teaching! Apparently a lot of people who were interviewed that day were upset about their interviews, so I'd just like to warn you beforehand that they seem to be quite harsh. However apart from that, she said it was a nice uni. Good luck!
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    Hi, I'm in my second year at Roehampton doing Primary Education and I love it. It's really hard work and it's pretty competitive to get on to but it's all worth it if it's what you really want to do! In the interview you have to edit a piece of writing full of grammatical and spelling errors and you have to write so many words about why you chose your specialism (that's unless they've changed it!). Then if you pass you get a one on one interview with a lecturer who asks you about your experience, why you'd be good, why roehampton, about teaching and education (especially in terms of what's going on at the moment) etc.
    Hope this is useful, good luck!!!
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    I had an interview a few weeks back at Roehampton, I didn't find it too bad and I've heard about interviews at other places and they sound far worse.
    I got there and showed my certificates, there was a talk trying to sell roehampton then the correcting and writing task, lunch, then another talk on the life there and support, then interveiws and tours. My interviewer was really nice and made me relax, I found the interview fine, could answer all her questions but feel there were few questions and I couldve given so much more! but fingers crossed! You do need to know about cureent issues, and lots about your specialism!
    Has anyone heard from roehampton?
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    I had an interview for Kingston a few weeks ago and actually found it a pretty stressful day. Kingston have a maths paper that is a bit more difficult than their sample questions they send out, it's still relatively easy stuff but I could have done with a little more time.
    The group presentation was fun but I found that certain individuals in the group will not let anyone else get a word in, you have to speak up even if you're like me and are more used to listening and contributing if necessary.
    Unfortunately I fell apart during the individual interviews, I wasn't as prepared as I should have been (put it down to a very stressful weekend) and in the end my application for Kingston was successful. I've applied for Roehampton however so hoping that will go a little better.

    Two questions I got were "What indicates a stimulated and positive classroom environment?" or something similar to that and I was asked to talk about a current educational issue.

    What have others answered in reply to these questions?
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    What indicates a stimulated and positive classroom environment?
    I would say children motivated and fully engaged, all conversation about work, children show excitement and interest and ask questions beyond the national curriculm, an environment where all children have indiidual targets and the work is differentated for children of all abilities. The work the children are doing should be stimulating and varied to suit all learning styles so may include visual tasks as well as learning by doing. It could be learning by investigating and use of the outside as an extension to the classroom can really engage and excite children making them more likely to remember the lesson. Then i would give an example from your owrk expereince of a really exciting stimulating lesson where you saw a good classroom environment..
    Then for current issues I talked about class sizes, government policies with the new government, national curriculm's restrictive nature etc. go on the tda website and tes.
 
 
 
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