Teach First applications 2019: discussion thread Watch
No I just got a phone call straight away, I haven't had an email yet. I'm sure you'll hear something soon, I just put it to the back of my mind and by that point I wasn't stressing so it came as more of a surprise, however, it's easier said than done!
I just got my phone call! I got my first choice for location but third choice for subject. I wanted Primary as well but got offered English at High School which seems pretty overwhelming but I'm just going to go for it!
Make sure to practice your lesson and ask friends or family to pretend to be the pupils! I felt that making sure I didn’t run out of time was extreamly important. So when I was practicing I remember my lesson taking me about 5 mins to complete. This meant that on the day when the ‘pupils’ were trying to distract and steer the lesson off topic, I still had 2 minutes to accommodate those interruptions and didn’t run out of time. Also on the day really try to remember the ‘pupils’ names as that will help when you are trying to keep the lesson on track. For me the distractions were pretty low level. One of them pretended they didn’t understand, while the other one was not focusing on the lesson. So just be prepared with how you want to deal with this behaviour.
I was also worried about what about which competencies they may have been looking for in the lesson. My recruitment officer said they would be looking for any competiecy at this point in the day so don’t just focus on displaying one competency in the lesson. Showing organisation and planning could be just as important as humility, respect and empathy in your lesson, so just something to keep in mind as that helped me with my preparation for the interview as well!
I have never had a background in teaching academically before my assessment day but I actually found I quite enjoyed it on the day.
Hope some of this helped and good luck!!
The assessors are great at getting into character which actually put me at ease. Mine challenged me a lot more than I had originally planned for which meant I didn't finish my lesson in time. Things like messing with pens and speaking out - just general interruptions really to see how you react. It doesn't put you off as much as you might think! I was surprised at how I was able to quickly deal with the interruption and get back to the lesson.
My advice would be to practice practice practice on a real person and each time you do get them to challenge you by interrupting you in different unexpected ways like a child might.
Hi everyone,I have my assessment centre on the 14th August also! I am super nervous, particularly about the lesson. Does anyone have any tips on how to approach the lesson, the distractions etc presented by the 'pupils'. Anything would be much appreciated! Good luck everyone!
I had my assessment day on the 6th Aug and Havent heard back yet. I know another candidate who got a phone call 2 days later that said they have to do an additional task at a school. So maybe i have gotten an offer but they are trying to sort out a location and school for me or maybe i havent gotten in? Thoughts anyone? X
I visited the AC on the 10th July and was expecting to hear today whether I was successful or not. I haven’t had any phone calls or emails and am assuming that I didn’t succeed due to most of you getting a phone call exactly 2 weeks later. Was anyone on here there the same time as me and heard anything about their assessment? Thanks
Hey guys! I am very interested in applying for 2019/2020 (a bit nervous though as I am a EU national, let's hope Brexit does not affect education!) yet I am a bit concerned about placements. I have worked as Spanish TA in London and I only know people there. Considering how exhausting and demanding this teacher training I will need backup from friends and relatives so... how likely do you think I would be to get a placement there?
I am a 2018 Teach First participant and will be starting in a few weeks so thought I would just chime in! I would just say apply as soon as you can.Teach First recruit on a rolling basis so will keep interviewing people until they have a sufficient amount of participants. The London cohort (which I'm a part of) is the biggest, so you probably have a good chance of getting placed here! Good luck!