Kirsty2C
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Hello,

I have my online interview tomorrow morning. I have prepared a presentation like they asked and I know that there will also be a 20 min session where I have to present a lesson as well as a 20 min formal interview. They have also said there will be a 20 min subject knowledge interview and this is the bit I am really freaking out about. Its to do a primary course, I do have a degree and the relevant GCSE's ect but I haven't had to do key stage one or two stuff for soo long that I cant remember much. Has anyone had experience of doing this type of interview and could you let me know types of questions asked? Thanks!
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(Original post by Kirsty2C)
Hello,

I have my online interview tomorrow morning. I have prepared a presentation like they asked and I know that there will also be a 20 min session where I have to present a lesson as well as a 20 min formal interview. They have also said there will be a 20 min subject knowledge interview and this is the bit I am really freaking out about. Its to do a primary course, I do have a degree and the relevant GCSE's ect but I haven't had to do key stage one or two stuff for soo long that I cant remember much. Has anyone had experience of doing this type of interview and could you let me know types of questions asked? Thanks!
I'm not sure how it works for secondary education, but this is essentially the equivalent of a Micro teach. They probably aren't expecting pitch-perfect teaching methodologies and resources. Just prepare a presentation, be sure to ask questions through the session, treat them as if they were your students. This is something that a lot of schools will expect from you during an interview, where you'll deliver a 20-minute micro-teach so they can assess your teaching ability. I never had this as part of the interview process for my PGCE, but we did have a micro-teach assessment!

Not questions along the lines of "Do you understand this"- But more specific questions which will allow you to assess for knowledge and learning. These are the keys to a good session, and making sure your students are learning. Make sure your presentation doesn't go straight to the point. Whilst it's a 20-minute session, you don't need to cover a great deal of material, just making sure you cover a topic so that you can demonstrate your confidence. Spending a couple of minutes at the start of the session to outline your aims and objectives will allow the 'students' to understand their expectations of the session.

Subject knowledge, had this been written in advance I would've recommended spending some time going over past papers for both GCSE/A-Level and seeing the depth with which you can talk about it. This is a weird one because this to a degree is where lesson plans and just general planning/preparation is key. Not to mention teaching resources with exam boards exist for a reason.

I realize this entire message reaches you too late, but hopefully, others can take something from it, probably. Wish you the best of luck all the same!
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Thank you for your reply. I had my interview yesterday and got offered the place on the spot 😊
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Thank you for your reply. I had my interview yesterday and got offered the place on the spot 😊
Congratulations and best of luck on the course!

It's definitely a busy one
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