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Anyone had a GTP interview at Southampton yesterday?

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by jek228, Dec 17, 2011.

  1. jek228

    jek228 New commenter

    Hi all,

    Just wondered if anyone had an interview this week at Southampton? I had mine yesterday for secondary English. Felt it went really well, but as usual on reflection doubts and anxieties setting in; even worrying I mucked up the writing test!! We were told letters would be sent out Mon/Tues, anyone heard anything earlier? I just want to know!!1
  2. Hi,

    How did you get on? I've got an interview for the same course next Friday - any tips on what to prepare for? I'm particularly nervious about the presentation that we aparently can't prepare for!

    Any tips would be ace...
  3. jek228

    jek228 New commenter

    Hi Katey
    The whole day (actually it was only a morning in the end as it was the last day of term and everyone wanted to get home or back to school for parties etc!!) was pretty chilled. The presentation was fine; much better than I thought. You do it to the others in your group (there were 7 of us for English) and the English specialist. I used OHP slides, others used flip chart, handouts or just notes to read from. I talked about Free Schools, but many in the group did low level literacy and how we need to address this. I don't think it matters so much what you talk about, it is more about how you present it. The interview was fine; only with the English specialist, general questions and a few curveball ones but nothing you can't handle.
    They still don't know the number of allocations yet, so tell you that you will get a yes, no or maybe letter. I received a maybe which was pretty ambiguous and really depends on allocations. I didn't realise they were interviewing again, which seems odd as they are working on so few places. I have since been offered a place through another provider (sighs with relief!) so even if Soton offered me a place at a later date I would not take it. At my second interview last week, there were 4 of us that were at the Soton interview; 3 of us got the maybe letter and 1 got a yes, although this is also dependent upon places. I think Soton are hedging their bets and probably only offering a couple of definite yes', so if you get a maybe there is a strong possibility you will get a place when the final places come through (although this is only my opinion.)
    You will be fine, just be yourself and stand proud and tall in the presentation. I forgot to mention you also have to write a page about an excellent lesson you have observed and what it taught you, You do this in between the presentation and your interview. It's just for them to check that you can spell and use grammar correctly etc!!
    Best of luck and let us know how you get on!

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