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Key points in primary teaching (from secondary trained viewpoint)

Discussion in 'Primary' started by dominant_tonic, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. dominant_tonic

    dominant_tonic Established commenter

    hi all.
    Please bear with me as I start this post by saying I AM CATEGORICALLY <u>NOT </u>asking anybody to do my work for me.
    I am secondary trained (music) applying for an nqt post in a primary school.
    I have downloaded NC, and looked through the forum here. However what have I missed? Is there a new initiative, new buzzword etc etc that could come up in the interview and blindside me totally?
    If anyone could answer, I would really appreciate it. I don't want explanations, will gladly research it myself, just the names of these things. Oh and if it is commonly abbreviated, can you also write it out fully for me please? They get very complicated. [​IMG]
    I know it's the summer hols and people have better things to do, so thank you for reading this, let alone replying.
    Thanks again, D_T
     
  2. dominant_tonic

    dominant_tonic Established commenter

    hi all.
    Please bear with me as I start this post by saying I AM CATEGORICALLY <u>NOT </u>asking anybody to do my work for me.
    I am secondary trained (music) applying for an nqt post in a primary school.
    I have downloaded NC, and looked through the forum here. However what have I missed? Is there a new initiative, new buzzword etc etc that could come up in the interview and blindside me totally?
    If anyone could answer, I would really appreciate it. I don't want explanations, will gladly research it myself, just the names of these things. Oh and if it is commonly abbreviated, can you also write it out fully for me please? They get very complicated. [​IMG]
    I know it's the summer hols and people have better things to do, so thank you for reading this, let alone replying.
    Thanks again, D_T
     
  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Presumably you're applying for a post in Primary?
    In which case, unless it's for a part-time specialist post, you'll be looking at teaching all subjects right across the curriculumand using your expertise to help colleagues, plan a curriculum etc.
    The 'latest' in Primaries is an integrated curriulum, known under a variety of titles includin a 'creative curriculum' which teaches humanities & specialist subject through topics. Some schools use Hamilton plan, others IPC Intrenational Primary Curriculum and others just plan their own topics.
     
  4. dominant_tonic

    dominant_tonic Established commenter

    Thanks Lara mfl.
    Yes I am applying for a post - how can I have left out that mere trifle of information from my post!!!!
    Anyway, thank you. That's exactly the sort of thing I was looking for. If they said IPC in interview I would be well and truly stuffed! Not that I am expecting to get as far as that, but one needs to be prepared.
    Thank you. xx
     
  5. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    Are you looking for national initiatives or commercial "products" such as the IPC?
     
  6. I would certainly agree that you need to be prepared for cross-curricular emphasis to be important to most schools, pressumably not a common way of working in KS3+!
    Obviously ECM (Every Child Matters) and safeguarding are common to all phases but they have a different slant with younger children and with the pastoral side of primary. Again things like AfL and APP will (pressumably?!) be common with secondary but researching their impact in primary would be important. The use of support staff may also be different in terms of day to day work.
    I'm sure there are 100's more but my mind is now officially blank!

     
  7. DFC

    DFC New commenter

    Creative curriculum is definitely worth looking up, as is AFL (Assessment for Learning) and APP (Assessing Pupil Performance). You may be asked about safeguarding too - particularly if the school is in an area of vulnerability.
    Other possibilities could be Literacy based initiatives - phonics? reading? seem to be under scrutiny at the moment so that could be a possibility. Look at the Dew Report published very recently about KS2 SATs.
    If anything else comes to mind I will post again.

     
  8. I would echo what others have said, adding that some schools have their agendas formed or guided by Ofsted more than ever. If you end up working in such a school, the absolutely key buzzword will be "progress" - by the learners, in individual lessons, over a week, from start to end of a unit or topic, and periodically, throughout the year.
    Make sure you can answer questions such as:
    • How do you know if the child has succeeded/struggled?
    • How do you know when the level of challenge is appropriate?
    • What would you do to help all groups (boys, girls, EAL - English as an Additional Language, FSM - Free School Meals, SEN - Special Educational Needs etc) make progress?
    • What would you do to support a G&T (Gifted & Talented) pupil?
     
  9. DFC

    DFC New commenter

    Re previous post -Whoops - typo - Lord Bew not Dew!
    The new teacher requirements from 1st September 2012 might be worth a look too - but this would apply to you in secondary anyway.
    http://media.education.gov.uk/assets/files/pdf/t/teachers%20standards.pdf
    Part 1 and 2 might form the basis of a number of questions which link to lots of the themes put forward by earlier posters.
    Sorry if this is obvious - make sure you know the last OFSTED report recommendations as they will be looking for someone who has the skills to support the school in meeting these.
     

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