We understand that the prospect of an interview can be daunting, so we’d like to reassure you by telling you a bit about our approach to interviews.
Great teachers are passionate. They're passionate about learning and about inspiring others to love learning. They're passionate about making a difference to the lives of young children; about helping to shape the next generation. You've shared this passion in your application, so we now want to give you the chance to really showcase this passion in your interview.
There are just two tasks – a group discussion and a 'show and tell' – both of which will give you an opportunity to share not only why you want to be a teacher, but why you think you'd be a great teacher. The interview is not designed to trick you or catch you out; instead, it's a safe, friendly and relaxed environment for you to share your passion for teaching with a small group of other like-minded applicants and lecturers.
You'll start the day with a welcome from our Primary Education lecturers, who will introduce you to our distinctive approach to teacher training. This is your opportunity to find out how our courses are structured, the school-based training you'll complete and the personal support you'll receive.
Teaching is very interactive, so you'll take part in a group discussion that gives you the chance to present your ideas as an individual, while also dealing with group dynamics.
Your discussion will be based on the following topics:
- What do you think is the most important issue facing Primary Education today, and why?
- Should all children be included in mainstream schools?
We're looking for good communication skills and passion, as well as your ability to respond to the topics with your own thoughts and ideas. We're not testing you on your ability to memorise your ideas off by heart – we encourage you to bring any notes or materials that will support your discussions.
Your ideas may be similar to other applicants, but that's okay – we're more interested in your individual contributions, the passion you display and the questions you ask. We'll also be looking at how well you involve yourself in the discussion – good teachers know how to listen and respond.
Teachers need to use non-verbal communication techniques as well, so make sure you demonstrate to us that you are interested in what others might say, that you show that you are listening to others and that you speak clearly.
There will be a Leeds Trinity University staff member and a teacher from one of our partner schools with you during the session, whose role is to facilitate the session and observe.
Individual 'show and tell'
After the group discussion, you'll be invited to do a 'show-and-tell' with an object that you've brought in. This object can be anything at all, as long as you can use it to help explain your passion for becoming a teacher and the qualities you think you possess that would help you to become a great teacher.
An example of this would be an elastic band. An elastic band is flexible and can bend and adjust to different contexts, as a teacher must. It helps keep things tidy and organised, which is an essential skill of the teacher. Elastic bands come in all shapes, colours and sizes, like children, which a teacher must understand and be able to meet the needs of different children.
This example is to illustrate the task and to help you prepare, but we strongly encourage you to bring in your own object. This section of the interview is very personal, so you need think carefully about the object you bring and how you wish to represent themselves. Not everyone is an elastic band!
When you're preparing for this, think about the attributes and skills that Primary teachers possess, such as creativity, imagination and enthusiasm. You'll only need to speak for about a minute and a half and it will be very informal – we're not looking for a presentation, but just another opportunity for you to share your passion.
Your Interview Day is about much more than just your interview. It’s your chance to get a feel for life as a Primary Education student at Leeds Trinity University by taking part in the following activities:
Meet a student
A selection of our Primary Education students will be here to answer your questions on what it’s like to study Primary Education at Leeds Trinity University. This is your best opportunity to find out what it’s really like to be a Primary Education student, so we recommend coming prepared with lots of questions for them.
Our student ambassadors will take you on a tour of the campus, giving you the chance to explore where you’ll be studying, the facilities you’ll access as a Primary Education student and where you’ll socialise.
Do you want to live on campus for your first year of university? Our student ambassadors will also take you on a tour of the wide range of accommodation options we have on campus.
Professional Skills Tests Workshop
You need to pass your Numeracy and Literacy Skills Tests before you can begin your course, so this workshop will help you prepare for the tests to give you the best chance of success. We'll give you materials to get you started, and recommendations of books and websites that can support your learning.
Depending on which date you've been invited to, your interview will take place on a morning, afternoon or evening. Please check your invite carefully and use the correct timetable below for your interview. You'll be allocated a group on arrival, so you don't need to worry about this. You're more than welcome to bring a parent or guest along with you – we've included imformation sessions for them for while you're in your interview.
9.15am- 9.30am - Registration and refreshments
9.30am - 10.00am - Welcome talk
10.00am - 11.00am - Interview (Group 1) / Professional Skills Test Workshop (Group 2)
11.15am - 12.15pm - Professional Skills Test Workshop (Group 1) / Interview (Group 2)
12.20pm - 12.50pm - Campus/Accommodation Tour and Lunch
12.30pm- 1.00pmm - Registration and refreshments
1.00pm - 1.30pm - Welcome talk
1.30pm - 2.30pm - Interview (Group 1) / Professional Skills Test Workshop (Group 2)
2.45pm - 3.45pm - Professional Skills Test Workshop (Group 1) / Interview (Group 2)
3.50pm - 4.20pm - Campus/Accommodation Tour
3.00pm- 3.45pm - Registration and refreshments
3.45pm - 4.10pm - Welcome talk
4.15pm - 5.15pm - Interview (Group 1) / Professional Skills Test Workshop (Group 2)
5.20pm - 6.20pm - Professional Skills Test Workshop (Group 1) / Interview (Group 2)
Your questions answered
How long will my interview last?
Your interview, which comprises the group discussion and individual 'show and tell', will last for no more than an hour. The rest of the day will be centred on activities that give you a taste of life at Leeds Trinity, along with support for the Professional Skills Tests you'll need to complete before starting your course.
What do I need to prepare/bring?
You'll need to be prepared to discuss your ideas on the following topics:
• What do you think is the most important issue facing Primary Education today, and why?
• Should all children be included in mainstream schools?
We encourage you to bring along any notes or materials that will support your discussion. You'll also need to bring in an object for a short 'show and tell' – be prepared to use this object to explain the explain your passion for becoming a teacher and the qualities you think you possess that would help you to become a great teacher.
What are you looking for at the interview?
We're looking for applicants to show us that they're passionate about teaching and learning. We also want applicants to show us that they have the qualities that good primary teachers possess, such as enthusiasm, creativity, imagination and organisation.
What do I do when I arrive?
Go to our Main Reception when you arrive, where you will be greeted by our student ambassadors – they will direct you to the registration area. Please allow plenty of time to register before the first session begins.
What should I wear?
Please dress smartly for your interview – avoid trainers, tracksuits and jeans!
How many guests am I allowed to bring?
You can bring as many guests as you like – they'll be able to join an information session while you're in your interview.
How do I apply for a DBS?
You will complete a DBS application once you're offered a place and you've accepted it – we will contact you at the time to explain this process.
What happens if I’m running late or can’t make it to the interview?
If you have any problems before or on the day, then please get in touch with us and we’ll do our best to help. Before the day, you can contact us on 0113 283 7150 or email firstname.lastname@example.org – we’re open between 9.00am and 5.00pm. On the day, you can give us a call on 07534 568 150.
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