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First ever interview... HELP!! - specialist primary school mainly for children with Autism

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by hannah_marie, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. Hi everyone,I've got my first ever interview on Wednesday and I'm getting pretty nervous! It's at a specialist primary school mainly for children with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder. A small number of places are taken by pupils with Sensory Needs or Moderate Learning Difficulties.
    I am just completing my primary teaching degree at the moment and this is just the job I've always wanted! As soon as I volunteered at a local special school I knew I wanted to teach children with special needs. My partners younger brother, Jacob, (who is 9) has autism and, having spent time with him and spoken to his mum alot, I've really become interested specifically in Autism.
    I've looked around the school and it's just lovely as are the staff I've come into contact with so far- I really want this job! However, I recognise that this is pretty unlikely considering my lack of experience and with it being the first job I've applied for and my first interview.
    The interview consists of a tour of the school, classroom observation and then the interview. I've been informed that the classroom observation is to observe me and how I interact with the children as opposed to a lesson. Any tips on this would be hugely appreciated- I sometimes feel like I must be doing something wrong with how I am interacting with Jacob since I always seem to come off with bruises and scratches (this doesn't bother me too much but I worry that I've upset him). I try to stand to the side of him when speaking to him rather than straight on and talk using short sentences. I think some of it has to do with him getting overwhelmed that someone new has just entered his house and that's how he copes with it- I tend not to approach him to speak to unless I know he's comfortable to do so. Needless to say I'm now very nervous about this part of the interview.... I just want to make sure I'm not doing anything wrong that would distress the children.
    There is then ofcourse the actual interview! Could you possibly give me any guidance on the sorts of questions that I may be asked and even what I should be taking with me? I'm feeling pretty clueless having no experience of interviews, but I'm a little more excited than nervous right now at the thought of this amazing opportunity.
    Any guidance you can give would be fabb!
    Thank you
  2. Beb

    Beb New commenter

    Hi Hannah

    Congrats on the interview, they obviously saw something they liked on your application enough to offer you an interview, so feel positive about that.
    We have appointed teachers at our school with no previous experience of SEN so don't let that

    Trying to cast my mind back to the questions I was asked at interview im sure I shall forget some but these are what I can remember off the top of my head.

    Safeguarding - high priority with SEN students,
    Knowledge of B squared, P levels,
    How would I engage learners,
    Managing team of TA's
    Behaviour strategies
    How would I encourage develop students links with the community

    Sorry it's deleted my paragraphs for some strange reason

    Just a few ideas, I would say on your tour etc just be yourself, if you are fake with your reactions these kids will know, listen to teams advice - I remember on my tour being told to stand a certain distance from a student a fellow interviewee who didn't follow this advice soon wished they had,
    Be sensitive to students responses, remember behaviour is often their only way of communicating their feelings etc,

    Good Luck and let us know how you get on,
  3. Thank you Beb for the wonderful tips and a heads up on the questions!
    I'm reading up on all those bits to try and make sure I'm as prepared as possible for tomorrow. Soo nervous! Hopefully the nerves won't get the better of me.
    I'll let you know how it goes tomorrow!

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