Hi all, I have just received an invitation to interview at the University of Birmingham that is a little different to my previous experiences (Teach First, Uni of Nottingham). In addition to the individual interview, group work and written assessment, they also ask for a 5 minute presentation, having considered the following topic: "Teachers work within a framework of legislation, statutory guidance and school policies, with different lines of accountability. Within this framework they place particular importance on promoting equality of opportunity - challenging stereotypes, opposing prejudice, and respecting individuals regardless of age, gender, disability, colour, race, ethnicity, class, religion, marital status or sexual orientation" In the light of that statement you should prepare a 5 minute presentation that demonstrates how you would respect individuals in the secondary English classroom. You should focus on one of the following: age gender disability colour (etc - see quote above for full list) Having read this, I understand that they want us to show awareness of current issues in the classroom and suggest possible strategies for challenging the stereotypes involved in age/gender etc. But the problem I'm having is that I'm not a teacher yet, and have no idea where to begin - I don't want to go in sounding naive and declare that I'll change the world one student at a time, so I'm guessing that practical strategies are what they're looking for? Has anyone had this interview before? Or would anyone be able to give general advice on their experiences of "respecting individuals" ? Because other than choice of literature, choice of discussed themes and not being a complete ageist/sexist/racist I'm a little bit stumped! Thanks!