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Specialist Leader of Education Interview

Discussion in 'Senior Leadership Team' started by jessicajane, Oct 21, 2015.

  1. jessicajane

    jessicajane New commenter


    I have an SLE interview, does anyone have any advice or ideas about the types of activity I might need to prepare for?

    Thank you
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Hullo there @jessicajane ! Well done for getting that interview - you have already impressed them. :)

    I nearly missed this - tip for anyone in the future, with enquiries about jobs do remember to post on Jobseekers!

    Now I have no specific tips for this actual post. But in general, questions will be
    • Based on your application, to see your experience
    • Based on the person specification, to see your skills
    • Based on the Job Description, to see if, and how, you would do the job.
    The latter is by far the most important, so you need to do a Mind map based on the JD and use that for an important part of your preparation.

    I am going to give you links now to the Professional Advice Hub, where there is loads of advice about interviews. I am including articles that are not directly relevant to you, for the benefit of other posters.

    Help, I've got an interview! *** The basic advice ***

    Teaching an observed lesson at interview

    Using mind-mapping for interviews *** The best-loved advice ***

    Tell us about yourself - dream or nightmare question? *** Read and note this ***

    Daft Interview Questions

    What shall I wear to the interview?

    Interviews – making a positive first impression

    How do you decide who to appoint?

    What excuse can I give for going to interview?

    Child Protection: the questions, NOT the answers

    A typical Child Protection Policy

    Two interviews and a dilemma

    Interview feedback - they blamed my experience, but they knew that when they shortlisted me!

    SLT interviews - possible questions

    In-tray exercises. Deputy Head

    Assistant Head interviews

    General interview questions

    Questions to ask at the end of your interview

    Best wishes

  3. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    I wonder what a "Specialist Leader of Education" is...
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

  5. spmills

    spmills New commenter

    My SLE process consisted of an interview only, although those cohorts before me had to do a presentation and in tray exercise too. There isn't a JD or Person Spec as such and the application form is generic, set by the NCSL. The main focus during my own interview was on my understanding of 'system leadership' and my experience of school2school support. Have lots of examples ready for how you have supported colleagues both within and beyond your own context and the impact that this support has had. Good Luck.

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