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Shortlisted for TA

Discussion in 'Teaching assistants' started by Natasha2906, Mar 5, 2019.

  1. Natasha2906

    Natasha2906 New commenter

    Hi, ive been shortlisted for a teaching assistant interview from 12:00-3:00pm.
    Is there anyone can give me any tips?
    Any question you know they may ask?
    Will I be observed working with Children?
     
  2. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Lead commenter

    Wow! That's a long time to be at the school! Congratulations on getting an interview. Given the length of time, I would imagine they will observe you working with children in a classroom. Things that are coming to mind are:
    - if you haven't been asked to prepare an activity with children, you may be asked to go into a class for a lesson. You would listen to the teacher's input, then support a group with their independent work. Whoever is observing you (might be the class teacher) will be looking at how you interact with the children. Ask questions: "Can you tell me how you worked that out?" "How do you know that?" If a child asks you for help, try and find ways to help them work out the answer, rather than giving it to them. Smile a lot!
    - In the interview, you may be given some behaviour scenarios and asked what you would do. You will be asked about safeguarding and possibly given a safeguarding scenario.
    - Have a look at the school's website. It's always good to know as much as you can about the school before an interview, and can create a very positive impression. You may also find some policies there (behaviour and safeguarding) which it would be helpful to look through. Try and think of a few questions you can ask - they will ask if you have any. If the school has a choir, you could say that you sing in a local choir and would very much like the opportunity to help out if that was possible - or a netball team, gardening club or whatever your interest is.
    Very best of luck and let us know how you get on.
     
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