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TA interview -literacy and numeracy testing help!!!

Discussion in 'Teaching assistants' started by kazzyc, Jul 21, 2019.

  1. kazzyc

    kazzyc New commenter

    Hi , I have an interview tomorrow at a SEN specialist school aged 5-19. The children and young people mainly have Asd and communication difficulties.
    The interview format is : formal interview, lesson observations, literacy and numeracy testing and lunch with pupils.
    Could anyone tell me what level the literacy and numeracy testing is? I'm fine with literacy bit have mental block with maths especially when I'm nervous! I've been a communication support worker and supported SEN students in a FE college for 14 years and have just been made redundant sadly!! I absolutely love my job but I am terrified about my area of weakness in numeracy. Any tips or knowledge of what the testing at all would be so helpful. Feel sick with Nerves!!!!
  2. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Lead commenter

    I'm not sure what they will be testing - but I imagine it will include the four operations - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. They might also give you a few word problems; there is so much emphasis now on reasoning and applying knowledge. It could be anything - don't worry too much, they will know you're nervous and won't be expecting you to be a Maths whizz kid. The most important thing will be how you interact with the pupils while you have lunch with them.
    Best of luck and let us know how you get on.
  3. kazzyc

    kazzyc New commenter

    Thank you so much for replying. That makes me feel a lot better. It's so nerve wracking! Lunch with pupils sounds lovely but difficult when you obviously will be observed closely on how you interact with the children !!!

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