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PGCE Secondary Religious Education

Interviews for the PGCE Secondary programme take place in one of our alliance/partnership schools.

Interview Day

Our recruitment process and interview procedures have been agreed across our Teaching School Alliances with the purpose of:

  • Providing a rigorous recruitment strategy which allows candidates to demonstrate their strengths and potential and ensure high quality candidates are chosen for entry to the Secondary PGCE Programme (for both university and school centred routes).
  • Giving candidates a school experience and an introduction to the professional standards expected in a school environment.
  • Giving an accurate and positive image of the Secondary PGCE Programme, so that successful candidates will know what the expectations are for their chosen route of the PGCE programme.
  • Ensuring that successful candidates can be given appropriate guidance to support their preparation for the PGCE programme to maximise their chances of success as they start their journey to become a high quality teacher focussed on maximising the achievement of pupils in our partnership.

The interview will involve:

  • Welcome and introduction/briefing
  • School tour with pupils
  • Teaching and learning activity with pupils
  • Individual interview with staff
  • Group task
  • Literacy task
  • Reflection activity

Assessment at interview

The interview activities are designed to ensure we recruit high quality individuals who have the potential to become outstanding teachers in the future.

What we are looking to assess during the interview:

  • Your ability to interact and communicate with pupils and staff in a professional environment.
  • Your personal and professional conduct.
  • Your ability to plan/organise, deliver and engage pupils in learning.
  • Your subject knowledge, personal and intellectual qualities, commitment to and understanding of secondary education and current issues in education.
  • Your understanding of key issues, e.g. behaviour management.
  • Your quality of writing/ability to prioritise.
  • Your ability to reflect and identify targets and strategies to prepare for the programme.

In preparation for the interview day we ask that you complete the documents attached to your invite e­mail and bring these to the interview with you:

  • Prior achievement booklet
  • Initial subject knowledge audit

You should also come prepared to discuss how your subject area is taught as part of the curriculum.

Teaching Activity Information and Guidelines

As part of the interview day, you will be expected to deliver a short teaching/interaction activity to staff, the pupil panel and peers.

You will choose any aspect of your subject to teach for 10-15 minutes. Prepare to spend 10-15 minutes leading this learning activity with a small group of pupils.

You are advised to keep the following points in mind when preparing for this task:

  • Aim to use the full 10-15 minutes. You will be stopped if you exceed the time.
  • The pupil group will consist of 6–10 pupils (unless advised otherwise).
  • You are not limited in terms of specific topic/content.
  • You will be expected to engage and interact with pupils and demonstrate the ability to facilitate learning.
  • You will not have access to a computer and/or projection equipment but may bring other resources if you wish.

If you are successful at the interview and are offered a place, you will be invited to an afternoon at York St John University for an initial induction session.

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