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.
On the day
|9.15am - 9.30am||Registration and refreshments |
|9.30am - 10.00am||Welcome Talk |
|10.00am - 11.00am||Interview||The Leeds Trinity approach to Primary Education||Parent information session|
|11.15am - 12.15pm||The Leeds Trinity approach to Primary Education||Interview||The Leeds Trinity approach to Primary Education|
|12.20pm - 12.50pm||Campus tour and lunch |
|12.30pm - 1.00pm||Registration and lunch|| |
|1.00pm - 1.30pm||Welcome Talk |
|1.30pm - 2.30pm||Interview||The Leeds Trinity approach to Primary Education||Parent information session|
|2.45pm - 3.45pm||The Leeds Trinity approach to Primary Education||Interview||The Leeds Trinity approach to Primary Education|
|3.50pm - 4.20pm||Campus tour and refreshments |
|3.00pm - 3.45pm||Registration and refreshments |
|3.45pm - 4.10pm||Welcome Talk |
|4.5pm - 5.15pm||Interview||The Leeds Trinity approach to Primary Education||Parent information session|
|5.20pm - 6.20pm||The Leeds Trinity approach to Primary Education||Interview||The Leeds Trinity approach to Primary Education|
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.
Individual 'show and tell'
At the start of your interview, 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.
Teaching is very interactive, so after your 'show and tell', 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.