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Hi I have an interview with Leicester university (PGCE) primary. I wanted to ask how anyone else got on with Leicester? What was the tasks like? What’s the interview process like... the types of questions they ask...? Please let me know as I would really appreciate it. 💜
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Hi I have an interview with Leicester university (PGCE) primary. I wanted to ask how anyone else got on with Leicester? What was the tasks like? What’s the interview process like... the types of questions they ask...? Please let me know as I would really appreciate it. 💜
Hiya, I've moved your thread into the teacher training, teaching and education jobs forum.

You may not be able to find someone with experience of Leicester's process, but you can find PGCE interview advice in this thread:
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=5276056

Hope this helps!
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Thank you very much, very helpful indeed.
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I had an interview for Reading in Feb... Not sure how helpful I can be but the main bit of advice I can give is to just know why you want to teach. Be prepared to show your passion for educating children. Make sure you can explain why you have chosen your particular age/subject to teach.

Also, make sure you are up to date with current issues in education. In my interview we each had to prep a 5 min presentation on a relevant topic for our subjects and then on the day of the interview, before everyone started their presentations we were asked there and then a question at the end of our presentations that could spark a debate... and then we had to actually debate the question.
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Thank you for the advice.
I’m so worried as I’ve been unsuccessful twice, I feel disheartened.
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if you've been invited for an interview, they think you have potential. You just need so show them why you deserve a place. Passion is so important in teaching interviews in my opinion.

side note... I got two rejections on the day I sent my application off. Reading was my first choice originally and they were the only one that offered me an interview. I had an anxiety attack after the interview because I thought I had messed up. Three days later I had an offer 😆
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Aww thank you...

Any tips on questions and answers at interview or educational issues please?
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in terms of specific questions, i dont really know. I applied for Secondary Science specialising in biology.

look up professor Helen Bilton and her research into outdoor learning. It's amazing

also, try googling current issues in primary education. I particularly like the guardian education section on their website https://googleweblight.com/i?u=https...=NSTN&hl=en-US

there is also the issue with schools and funding for SEN students

the best advice i can think of is be aware of the current state of education in the UK, be honest, try to form your own opinions on these issues and make sure you can explain why you want to teach.

if you find anything that interests you, post it here or message me. I'm happy to discuss them with you, perhaps have a practice debate and challenge your views to really make you think and justify your answers to help you prep 😊
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Hi, the interview process mentions:

Group Activity
There will be a short role play activity followed by a round table discussion.
Please come prepared to speak on all of the 5 topics below for the round table discussion.

*Discuss the skills and knowledge from your academic studies that will have a particular relevance to your primary practice.

*What role does ‘play’ have in creating an effective learning environment?

*There is currently an emphasis on English and Mathematics in primary schools. What distinctive contribution can the wider curriculum make to the primary school experience?

*How and why might a teacher promote a positive mental well- being?

*Why might a school promote healthy eating and how might this be done?

On the selection day you will be given one of the above topics to lead on for 2 or 3 minutes. After each candidate has spoken about the topic they have been assigned, the group will discuss each topic that has been introduced.

Does this mean I will be included in a role play or will there be an exemplar scenario?


I would be grateful for you support and advice.
Many thanks


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in terms of specific questions, i dont really know. I applied for Secondary Science specialising in biology.

look up professor Helen Bilton and her research into outdoor learning. It's amazing

also, try googling current issues in primary education. I particularly like the guardian education section on their website https://googleweblight.com/i?u=https...=NSTN&hl=en-US

there is also the issue with schools and funding for SEN students

the best advice i can think of is be aware of the current state of education in the UK, be honest, try to form your own opinions on these issues and make sure you can explain why you want to teach.

if you find anything that interests you, post it here or message me. I'm happy to discuss them with you, perhaps have a practice debate and challenge your views to really make you think and justify your answers to help you prep 😊
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Hi, the interview process mentions:

Group Activity
There will be a short role play activity followed by a round table discussion.
Please come prepared to speak on all of the 5 topics below for the round table discussion.

*Discuss the skills and knowledge from your academic studies that will have a particular relevance to your primary practice.

*What role does ‘play’ have in creating an effective learning environment?

*There is currently an emphasis on English and Mathematics in primary schools. What distinctive contribution can the wider curriculum make to the primary school experience?

*How and why might a teacher promote a positive mental well- being?

*Why might a school promote healthy eating and how might this be done?

On the selection day you will be given one of the above topics to lead on for 2 or 3 minutes. After each candidate has spoken about the topic they have been assigned, the group will discuss each topic that has been introduced.

Does this mean I will be included in a role play or will there be an exemplar scenario?


I would be grateful for you support and advice.
Many thanks

from the information you gave, to me it sounds like they will give you a role play scenario. It could be anything from the member of staff at the interview role playing as another member of staff with an issue asking you for help, to them acting as a student in a scenario or even assigning you pairs/ groups and asking you to take on a role each and them observing how you handle the situation. I wouldn't stress too much about it, just be prepared to think on your feet.

with the topics they have given, research on each area and maybe just prepare a flash card on each with pointers for yourself with your view on the topic and maybe a few points of what the opposing view could be
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for the question about the role of "play", that could be a good point to bring in the importance of outdoor learning and how this can encourage students to learn.

the healthy eating topic is difficult. I think you should be aware that it is a very sensitive topic and if it's not handled well, it is possible to accidentally result in eating disorders if too much emphasis is put on things like sugar is bad for you, carbs are bad, cholesterol is bad, etc. I think it's important you mention it's important to teach children about the importance of a healthy balanced diet and make sure the students know it's important to have a bit of everything in moderation.
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Thank you very much x
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