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Help! Teaching Assistant Level 2 Interview for Reception Class

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by alhawkins21, Nov 27, 2015.

  1. alhawkins21

    alhawkins21 New commenter


    So basically I've been out of work since July after finishing working as a Year 1/Year 2 TA and Speech & Language 1:1 for one academic year. I only trained for my L2 last year, and my most recent job was my first school role (bar my training). I'm 23 and graduated from uni in 2013, and since being out of work have found it difficult to secure another job. Every piece of feedback I've received after interviews has been related to my 'not having enough experience', which unfortunately can't be avoided. Everyone has to start somewhere, right? :(

    Luckily I have an interview on Monday to assist in a Reception class, full time! (The dream!)

    I only spent the final term of school in Reception, so have limited early years knowledge - even though Reception would be my ideal class to work with!

    Does anyone have any advice based on what might come up in my interview? Any early years knowledge I might find useful? I also have an 'unseen written task' to complete after the interview, and I have no idea what it could be based on.. Any ideas? I want to prepare as best as possible!

    Also, does anyone have any idea how I could overcome my age barrier? For future occasions too. Obviously employers can't discriminate based on age, but I do feel that sometimes 'not enough experience' translates as 'too young!'

    I've already put too much pressure on myself (not good) as I really want/need this job, so any help would be appreciated :) xxx
  2. Trekkie

    Trekkie Occasional commenter

    Well done on getting to the interview stage!

    Pop over to the Teaching Assistant Forum and have a look at the 'UNNAMED THREAD'. It has lots of examples of interview questions - there are other related posts too. Might be worth you posting this on the TA Forum.

    Good luck:)
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  3. Kartoshka

    Kartoshka Established commenter

    I would recommend reading (or re-reading) the first seven pages of 'Development Matters' and the Early Learning Goals for each area of learning. This is the bare bones of how EYFS is taught and it should stand you in good stead if you understand it all. If you are confused about anything, just ask! Good luck for your interview.

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