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Reading university interview!

Discussion in 'Primary' started by lgray36, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. Hi everyone, i recently got a Reading University interview for a primary education with art specialism course, i can't wait!!
    i have to read and discuss a story suitable for primary school age range and i also have to write a short piece on an educational topic
    i would be so greatful if anyone could give me some advice or tips on how to have a good itnerview
    thank you!
  2. When I was interviewed for a school I used to work at, I told a story (with actions etc) rather than reading it straight from the book. It went down a treat! Maybe you could think about doing something along those lines? One of Aesop's fables would be good. Think about which age you would be aiming it at and think about what sort of work you would like a class to do that links with your story. What questions would you ask the children as you are reading / telling? Are there any other stories that would compliment the one you have chosen? Maybe you could try and think of an activity for each area of the curriculum that could come from your story. That's the sort of activity we had to do at uni. Good luck! [​IMG]
  3. modgepodge

    modgepodge Established commenter

    I have to say, I interviewed at Reading and I thought the people were just horrible (and I did my UG there, so I have nothing against the uni per se!) They went on and on about how great the course was, how selective it was, how much hard work it was, etc etc, and I really didn't like the people that interviewed me. Anyway, the reason I'm telling you this is that I got rejected because I didn't have enough experience in primary schools. This is actually not true, I had lots, but obviously I didn't portray this well in the interview, so make sure you REALLY play up how much experience you have and what you learnt and how this will help you!
    I found the reading and discussing part fairly informal and un-scary, so that was fine. The writing task wasn't massively challenging from what I remember (though I can't recall the topic.....perhaps somethng about what the purpose of education was?), but the interview was VERY tough.
    It is an INCREDIBLY selective course so you've done brilliantly to get an interview, but the year I applied they held about 10 interview days, each with 30+ people on, for 60 spots on the course.
  4. Hi! I've got a Primary French PGCE interview in some weeks! Have you had yours yet? If so, what kind of questions did they ask in the individual interview? Did they ask you any questions after the book presentation? Any help would be much appreciated, thank you! x

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