I haven't been to Chester not do I know what they're looking for in particular but I can offer some general advice from other courses I've been interviewed for and yes I have got a place on a primary PGCE now.
Get up to date with current issues such as curriculum change, excessive h&s application restricting outdoor play, spag etc. TES and the guardian which you can view online are good.
Read a general book on teaching - especially re special needs. Show some understanding that there are bright kids out there when you talk to them but who can't do well with writing and reading, spatial awareness etc and who need work adapted.
Through that reading pick up the buzz words. Yes course providers pretend they're capable of judging you fairly but the reality is that there's far too little time. Then read these requirements and ensure that not only do you satisfy those but that you make sure your interviewers know you do within those few minutes they talk to you. Best of luck.
• Clear communication skills
• Evidence of ability to evaluate effective teaching/learning strategies
2. Professional attributes
• Understanding of appropriate skills in classroom situation
• Enthusiastic about teaching
3. School observation
• Evidence of ability to observe teaching/classroom strategies
• Evidence of ability to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of such strategies
• Evidence of ability to articulate a thoughtful, informed response
4. Cross curriculum task
• Demonstrates creativity of ideas
• Has the ability to articulate a thoughtful, informed response
5. Equal opportunities
• Demonstrates awareness of possible range of needs within a class
• Evidence of ability to evaluate social, physical and pedagogical aspects of primary school.
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