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30 min Interview Lesson

Discussion in 'Independent' started by Jessaki, Jan 22, 2011.

  1. Jessaki

    Jessaki Occasional commenter

    Hi Theo
    I'm looking for some advice. I have just found out I have been shortlisted for a job at an Independent school and my interview lesson is only 30mins long. I currently work in the State sector and I am aware of what they look for in an interview lesson which heavily linked to NC levels, frameworks, PLTS, SEAL etc...but I know Independent schools work differently.
    Could you give me some tips and what they will be looking for? It's a language lesson and I am a native speaker so my subject knowledge is good, but in terms of lesson content and delivery I worried I won't hit the mark. In my current school even with the GCSE I have to pitch at such a low level and plan lessons with lots of games and visual activities otherwise they switch off.
    I would really love this job but I am worried my interview lesson will let me down because I am hitting the right mark.
    I appreciate all schools are different and will be looking for differen things, but any advice would be much appreciated.

    Thanks

     
  2. Jessaki

    Jessaki Occasional commenter

    Hi Theo
    I'm looking for some advice. I have just found out I have been shortlisted for a job at an Independent school and my interview lesson is only 30mins long. I currently work in the State sector and I am aware of what they look for in an interview lesson which heavily linked to NC levels, frameworks, PLTS, SEAL etc...but I know Independent schools work differently.
    Could you give me some tips and what they will be looking for? It's a language lesson and I am a native speaker so my subject knowledge is good, but in terms of lesson content and delivery I worried I won't hit the mark. In my current school even with the GCSE I have to pitch at such a low level and plan lessons with lots of games and visual activities otherwise they switch off.
    I would really love this job but I am worried my interview lesson will let me down because I am hitting the right mark.
    I appreciate all schools are different and will be looking for differen things, but any advice would be much appreciated.

    Thanks

     
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Well done on getting that interview! Go to the Welcome thread on JobSeekers for general interview tips.
    I doubt that there is much difference in what they are looking for: outstanding teachers! NC levels, SEAL, ECM will probably not be looked for, just the quality of the learning.
    And the major thing to get right is the level.
    Many indy schools will have pupils who are a year or more in advance of a state school, and you risk pitching it too low. My advice is to look at their exam results to get an idea of their achievement levels. And have on hand differentiated material so if you do get it wrong, you can adjust fast.
    The worst thing I've seen is a teacher obviously doing something too easy but gritting her teeth and carrying on with it because it was what she had planned.
    Oh and there will be very little time-wasting, so you'll gett hrough more material than you miught in your current school.
    Best of luck!

    ____________________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The TES Careers Advice service runs seminars and workshops, one-to-one careers and applications advice, one-to-one interview coaching and an application review service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews.
    The next Workshops I'm doing that still have vacancies are on Sunday 13th and Friday 25th February. There is also a specialist Workshop for applications to SLT on Saturday February 19th.
    Go to https://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storyCode=6060678 for more details of these and other seminars.
    Look forward to seeing you!
     
  4. Dear Theo,

    I too have an interview this Thursday for an Independent School. I am currently a PGCE student with good subject knowledge, but I can't help but feel I will perhaps be at a disadvantage due to my experience. I wondered if there were any fantastic tips you could offer me in light of this, or indeed, any questions you think would be advantageous? I have one particular question in regards to taking me on as an NQT, but am really not sure how to word it.

    Referring back to my 30min interview, the topic they have given me is rather vast, and I am mildly unaware of how to make it concise yet in depth enough to show them my capabilities?

    Ho hum.

    Many Thanks
     
  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Well done to you too for getting the interview!
    Don't worry about being inexperienced - they knew that when they shortlisted you. And although they may decide to go for the teacher who has got experience, they may also feel that you have great potential and are just what they want!
    Do prepare to talk about how you hope to contribute to the co-curricular activities in the school. And do go over to JobSeekers and read the Welcome thread there. It has clickables inside about interview preparation which should be very useful for you. That will give you all the tips that you need.
    Best of luck!
    ____________________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The TES Careers Advice service runs seminars and workshops, one-to-one careers and applications advice, one-to-one interview coaching and an application review service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews.
    The next Workshops I'm doing that still have vacancies are on Sunday 13th and Friday 25th February. There is also a specialist Workshop for applications to SLT on Saturday February 19th.
    Go to http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storyCode=6060678 for more details of these and other seminars.
    Look forward to seeing you!
     
  6. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    One important thing to bear in mind is that kids often start a MFL in Year 3 in the independent sector. In fact I know of more than one that starts them in French, German and Spanish in Year 3, later allowing them to choose a main language for Year 5.
    This means that in MFL they are likely to be a long way ahead of most pupils in maintained schools as they approach GCSE. Also, many senior indies are likely to have MFL assistants who are native speakers, and the larger ones have well-equipped language labs, so expect good accents and quite reasonable fluency, at least in the top sets. Have fun, and good luck!
     

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