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What types of questions should be asked when visiting a school when I’ve not yet applied and I’m looking specutively
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How many specialists in your area would be a good start, is the PE teacher covering maths on the side ?
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Talk to students if you can the state of the toilets tells a story.
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Talk to students if you can the state of the toilets tells a story.
That’s quite an odd one
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That’s quite an odd one
Nope - lots of graffiti/poor repair tells you about discipline in the school ....

Remember you are being interviewed the minute you step in the school abd at lunch ... that's often my job to get the candidates relaxed so we can really find out what they are like ...
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Hi @w678,
First of all, it is important, that you do your homework before visiting the school- have a good look on their website so you have an idea about their ethos, facilities etc. It might also be a good idea to look at their last OfSTED report so you understand their strengths and weaknesses and it also might explains some of their policies and priorities. It will also shows that you are genuinely interested to train there, if you demonstrate a bit of knowledge about the school.
During your visit, you might be keen to meet the department/faculty if you are to train a secondary school- ask questions about who will be your mentor, how often will you meet them on a weekly basis and their expectations about their trainees, dress code, opportunities to work with certain pupils (SEND, EAL...) , opportunities to participate to the wider life of the schools, etc.
If you wish to get further guidance on short-listing your course providers, register to Get into Teaching to get a teaching adviser- it is a free service and all our advisers are experienced teachers who can support you with your application.
I hope this helps.
Good luck!
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Hi @w678,
First of all, it is important, that you do your homework before visiting the school- have a good look on their website so you have an idea about their ethos, facilities etc. It might also be a good idea to look at their last OfSTED report so you understand their strengths and weaknesses and it also might explains some of their policies and priorities. It will also shows that you are genuinely interested to train there, if you demonstrate a bit of knowledge about the school.
During your visit, you might be keen to meet the department/faculty if you are to train a secondary school- ask questions about who will be your mentor, how often will you meet them on a weekly basis and their expectations about their trainees, dress code, opportunities to work with certain pupils (SEND, EAL...) , opportunities to participate to the wider life of the schools, etc.
If you wish to get further guidance on short-listing your course providers, register to Get into Teaching to get a teaching adviser- it is a free service and all our advisers are experienced teachers who can support you with your application.
I hope this helps.
Good luck!
Laure
You need to look at letters home - OFSTED reports can be 10+ years out of date and recent ones tell you very little they are so brief.
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You need to look at letters home - OFSTED reports can be 10+ years out of date and recent ones tell you very little they are so brief.
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I do agree with you that they are indeed very succinct nowadays- however, they do provide interesting information about the make-up of the school and their priorities, in my humble opinion.
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I do agree with you that they are indeed very succinct nowadays- however, they do provide interesting information about the make-up of the school and their priorities, in my humble opinion.
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They are FAR less useful now they are written for parents rather than professionals. The letters home and how the school portrays itself tell you more about them - DfE performance table are really useful for seeing the student population and the progress made by different groups.
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