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Interview question - what were they looking for?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by stripeycat, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. I did my PGCE in secondary science several years ago but have been working in environmental education ever since. I recently went for an interview for a school post (didn't get it, went to the internal candidate) and in my feedback they commented that I didn't know as much about the latest ideas in science teaching as all the PGCE students they interviewed.
    Two things they mentioned in particular were my answers about assessment for learning and about the difference between a key stage 4 and a key stage 5 lesson. I've found loads of stuff about AfL so I can improve on that for next time but I've no idea what they were looking for in the answer to the KS4/5 lesson. Can anyone help or suggest somewhere I can go to find out more?
     
  2. I did my PGCE in secondary science several years ago but have been working in environmental education ever since. I recently went for an interview for a school post (didn't get it, went to the internal candidate) and in my feedback they commented that I didn't know as much about the latest ideas in science teaching as all the PGCE students they interviewed.
    Two things they mentioned in particular were my answers about assessment for learning and about the difference between a key stage 4 and a key stage 5 lesson. I've found loads of stuff about AfL so I can improve on that for next time but I've no idea what they were looking for in the answer to the KS4/5 lesson. Can anyone help or suggest somewhere I can go to find out more?
     
  3. missmunchie

    missmunchie New commenter

    KS4 is GCSE and KS5 is A-level, as you know.
    So I assume they are asking how you would teach each level, given that some of the content in K4 is repeated at KS5. This is the case for Physics anyway, although I'm not sure what your specialism is!
    I think that in KS5 the students should be encouraged to become indepedent learners and thinkers. They should research their ideas and plan their own investigations and experiments. I have usually found that the class sizes are smaller, leading to a more familiar atmopsphere. Students can carry out some of the demonstrations and be able to explain what is going on in different situations.
    At KS4 the work is more teacher directed. You have to do this experiment or this practical to understand this point. So their practicals are planned by you but carried out themselves. Class sizes tend to be larger. Students in KS4 would not be asked to carry out a class demonstration, this would be done by the teacher, with perhaps a couple of pupil helpers.
    Really at KS4 they are still being spoonfed but this has to stop by the time they are in KS5!
    Hope this makes sense and is of some help!
    If not, look at the syllabus for GCSE and A-level to see how they differ in content.
     
  4. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Brilliant summary missmunchie! Take not OP!
     
  5. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    should of course read Take NOTE!
     

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