I received this today with regards to my interview for PGCE History, thought it might help some people prepare. Introduction The PGCE in History course is designed to train specialist teachers in History. It includes university and school-based training, each part working to support the other. We explore the purpose of school history and evaluate the different skills and knowledge areas, which the National Curriculum includes. We aim to build up the understanding of history as a subject and the teaching skills needed to enthuse and challenge pupils. In university-based sessions we examine and practice a variety of teaching and learning styles, such as drama in history, art in history and how to structure discussion and frame written explanations. There is a strong focus on developing rigorous planning skills, which build up pupils? learning carefully. We also include several opportunities to identify how out-of-school contexts can support historical education, so we visit historical sites. In the school-based training placements, trainees are able to practice their teaching skills on an increasing timetable, supported by the guidance of an experienced teacher. Trainees develop their under-standing of the wider role of teachers through participation in parents? evenings and extra-curricular activities. The interview process We will give you an outline of what to expect during the training and information on issues such as the structure of the course, the range of teaching approaches used on the course, assessment and monitoring, school-based training placements and expectations. At this stage we will outline some of the distinctive features of our course which we hope you will find challenging and enriching. There is an opportunity for you to ask questions about the course at this stage. Competition on this course Competition on this course is high and the interview tutor will be exploring in detail your academic subject knowledge and your experience of working with young people. You must bring with you to the interview a full transcript of your degree demonstrating the details of your study so that the tutor can make an accurate assessment of your previous study. If you have not already done so, we recommend that you undertake a few days school experience observing a secondary history classroom so that you can reflect on this during your interview. Teaching task Part of the interview process involves you delivering a five-minute micro-teaching presentation. The purpose of this is to allow you to demonstrate your ability to engage an audience and to show how you would use resources to illustrate an idea, concept or topic. The purpose of applying for a teaching course is to learn to teach, so at this stage we do not expect exposition and explanation skills to be perfect. However, we will be looking at the following points? ? Your ability to engage the interest of an audience ? Your ability to clearly explain your points ? Evidence of careful planning of the presentation and clear thinking behind your selection of resource and topic ? Your post-micro-teaching analysis of your choices and methods Your teaching task You will be delivering a micro-teaching presentation to the interviewers. You are to assume that the audience is a class of Year 8 (12 ? 13 years old) pupils who have no previous knowledge of the topic that you are introducing. You may select any topic/historical character or event of your choice and plan a five-minute introduction to that topic. It might be useful to focus on one aspect/question about that person/event. You may bring ONE resource/visual aid to illustrate your presentation and to engage interest, e.g. a picture, photograph, artefact or map. For example, you might want to interest the pupils in the imagery of Elizabeth 1st. Your focus question might be: ?What impression did Elizabeth want to make?? You could have a contemporary picture of Elizabeth, which you use to explore the messages that she was sending through the painting, e.g. her wealth and power. We would ask that you avoid a prolonged ?question and answer? activity, as it is difficult for us to effectively evaluate this and ?act in role?. This should be no longer than five minutes in length. You will have access to a video, an OHP and whiteboard. Should you need other facilities please contact us ahead of time. We would like to reassure you that we are looking for the potential to be a good teacher. We do not expect you to be so at the moment. Individual interview This stage of the interview will be of approximately 30 minutes duration and involves two stages: One part of the interview will focus upon your subject knowledge and previous academic study and life experience. It will explore your views and definition of effective teaching and your motivation in wanting to become a history teacher. It would be useful to think about how you would justify the teaching of history in secondary schools and how you would engage young people?s interest in this subject. We will also explore relevant experience, for example, your reflection on an observation visit to a school. This part of the interview will also discuss the planning choices that you made for your presentation. You are strongly encouraged to have looked at the National Curriculum Programme of Study for History prior to the interview day. The other part of the interview will focus on generic teaching issues. You will be given some classroom scenarios to consider and think through. We do not expect a ?right? answer; rather we are looking for your ability to think through issues and to reflect critically on alternative options. This is crucial to effective teaching and helps us to identify the potential of a candidate to improve through a PGCE year. General information We should like to point out that as we interview several candidates on each interview date, the final candidate?s interview process usually finishes at approximately 5.00 pm. We hope this information will help you in organising your travel arrangements. If any of the above is unclear, please contact us. We look forward to meeting you and wish you well in your interview preparation.