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Dear Theogriff-interview and portfolio advice?

Discussion in 'Independent' started by anon2162, Mar 23, 2009.

  1. I have just found out that I have an interview this Thursday in a local Independent school. I am currently working in the state sector. I used to be a student at the Independent school so am a little nervous but hoping I have a good chance.
    I was wondering if there is any guidance you can give me on the kinds of questions I will be asked at interview? To give some background I worked as an unqualified teacher for 3 years before completing the GTP and I am about to finish my NQT year at Easter.
    I am trying to put a portfolio together to take to interview and wondered if you can also give guidance on what would be best to put in it.
    Any help/guidance you can offer would be greatly appreciated.
    Chocfudgecake
     
  2. I have just found out that I have an interview this Thursday in a local Independent school. I am currently working in the state sector. I used to be a student at the Independent school so am a little nervous but hoping I have a good chance.
    I was wondering if there is any guidance you can give me on the kinds of questions I will be asked at interview? To give some background I worked as an unqualified teacher for 3 years before completing the GTP and I am about to finish my NQT year at Easter.
    I am trying to put a portfolio together to take to interview and wondered if you can also give guidance on what would be best to put in it.
    Any help/guidance you can offer would be greatly appreciated.
    Chocfudgecake
     
  3. peterdevon

    peterdevon New commenter

    https://community.tes.co.uk/forums/t/302524.aspx
     
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Well done you! You must be feeling very pleased that your application ha impressed them so much.
    For general interview preparation, here are some websites.
    http://www.le.ac.uk/ssds/careers/appsinterviews.html
    http://www.le.ac.uk/ssds/careers/pdf/interview_skills.pdf
    http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/Sites/Careers/DownloadZone/mate...
    http://www.prospects.ac.uk/cms/ShowPage/Home_page/Applications__CVs_and_interviews/p!eefmd
    Scroll to the bottom of:
    http://www.thetutorsassociation.co.uk/studies2.html
    For specific independent school questions, do a search on this Forum under Intervew . That should bring up some Qs & As for you.
    For your portfolio, you don't say what stage you are; it will be different for KA1 and sixth-form teaching!
    But obvious things would seem to be:
    • Schemes of work, lesson plans, examples of students' work coming out of those lessons.
    • An exercise book to show the quality of your marking.
    • Perhaps data on a teaching group and showing how you have differentiated to support the different ability groups?
    • And if relevant, exam results, raw and value-added.
    • If Primary, photos of your classroom, displays, smiling happy children.
    Here's a thread with some more suggestions.
    https://community.tes.co.uk/forums/p/303250/4398157.aspx#4398157
    Very best of luck for the Big Day!
     
  5. Thank you for getting back to me.
    I will take a look at those sites you have suggested.
    I teach secondary (key stages 3 and 4) English.
    Any further help you can give would be great

    Chocfudgecake :)
     
  6. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    CFC - have you had time yet to do a search on this Forum for interview? There will be pointers there specifically aimed at indy schools, including the exatr-curricular aspect of the job.
    Fingers crossed!


     
  7. Thank you for your advice and help.
    I am delighted to inform you that I got the job, starting in September. I was thrilled as I really didn't expect to get it.
    Thanks for your help
    Chocfudgecake x
     
  8. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    CFC - you are a Star.
    a Sparkly Star! [​IMG]
     

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