Interview this morning for maternity cover. 30 minute teaching, formal interview and intray exercise. Teaching was supposed to be year 5 but was put into year 4 class. Didn't mind this too much as I am very flexible and able to change my language etc. to meet the needs of the particular children. Think it went well, children certainly made progress and was asked about it in the interview afterwards so I was able to discuss how I adapted and used AFL. (Been on some interviews where the two parts seem to be treated as separate things entirely so this was good!) Formal interview was very relaxed and friendly and I was put at ease by interviewers. Questions were largely as expected although I think I took longer than they had anticipated with my answers. I did apologise for this at one point and was reassured that I was perfectly entitled to take as much time as I liked and felt I needed. Also had a couple of extra questions thrown in as a result of my answers, so I am glad that I was saying something that they wanted to hear more about. Intray exercise was challenging. Asked to outline plan a series of lessons around 'Life processes and Living things' . Was given a blank sheet of A3. In reality i would never start planning in this way. I always start with some planning, QCA documents etc as a starting point. Or at the very least the actual LEARNING OBJECTIVES meant to be covered. Found it tricky but just outlined series of seven lessons and which areas they would cover and any curriculum links. Nice chat in the staff room with other staff about Christmas, shopping, nurseries, generally putting the world to rights. Was not stressed at all... in fact I can't believe how relaxed I was throughout the whole thing. Won't find out until tomorrow afternoon because they are interviewing another candidate in the morning who couldn't make today due to personal circumstances. What an understanding school. I wasn't going to post on here in case I jinx my chances but I have done my best and need to tell someone how it went.