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If you’ve applied to study either age phase Primary Education degree and have met the entry criteria, you will be invited to attend an interview. 

Once you have completed your interview we will be able to make a decision about your offer.

We are currently conducting all our Primary Education interviews by telephone.

Your telephone interview

A member of the Leeds Trinity Primary Education team will ring you at the time and date you accepted when you were invited to interview. The interview will be a telephone interview (voice not video). The allotted time for the interview is 20 minutes with an opportunity to ask any questions.


At the end of the interview the interviewer will ask if you want to talk to a student ambassador about life as a student at Leeds Trinity – if so one of our ambassadors will contact you later in the day.


After the interview the interviewer will make a decision about your offer and the Admissions team will send all decisions through UCAS usually within a week of the interview - so look out for the email from UCAS to let you know when a change has been made to your application.

What to prepare

Your interview will be based on the following topics:

  1. Why do you want to be a primary school teacher?
  2. What attributes and characteristics do you feel you have which will make you a good primary school teacher?
  3. What do you think is the most important issue facing Primary Education today, and why?
  4. 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 so try to explain your ideas and say why you think they are important and will support children’s learning and development.

You will find it useful to do a bit of research about the topics. We encourage you to make and use any notes or materials that will support your discussions. Please also draw on your experience of working with primary aged children in any capacity.

Interviewers may ask you questions about what you say so listen carefully so that you can give a full answer.

Top tips from our Primary Education team

Be calm

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 lecturer. We can’t wait to talk to you, so try and relax and smile and this will come through to the interviewer.

Be prepared

Prepare ideas for each question – you will not be able to include everything but try to have some key areas to cover so you can be clear and succinct. Read everything we’ve sent you very carefully – including your interview invitation and confirmation email. These are designed to give you everything you need to prepare, so check that you understand what will happen and what’s being asked of you.

Be passionate

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 and shaping the next generation. Your interview is your chance to showcase the passion you have for a career in teaching and everything that involves.

Be professional

Think about the qualities of good teachers and how you can demonstrate these. It doesn’t matter what you wear as we won’t see it but try to engage professionally and think about how well you articulate yourself when speaking to others. And it goes without saying, but make sure you’re on time and your phone is on and charged.

Be knowledgeable

Showing that you have an opinion on the discussion topics is great, but make sure that you can back this up with your own experience or research. Doing your research is really important – you can use various sources to find out more about each discussion topic. The Times Educational Supplement, BBC Education and Guardian Education are all good online sources to start with.

Be interested and engaged

Your interviewer may ask you questions about your ideas so be prepared to discuss them and link them to any experiences you have working with children (this may or may not be in a primary classroom).

 

On the day:

You will find it useful to do a bit of research about the topics. We encourage you to make and use any notes or materials that will support your discussions. Please also draw on your experience of working with primary aged children in any capacity.

If you are no longer available for your interview, or you’re running late, please contact us on 0113 283 7123 or email admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk.

Got a question?

If you have any questions about Primary Education interviews or the admissions process, please contact the admissions team on 0113 283 7123 or admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk.