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Just a few things about my PGCE interview for you to pass on if you'd like...

It was a group interview for nearly two hours followed by a twenty minute individual interview. We started with a group discussion on contemporary children's fiction, the use of modern drama in the classroom, non fiction texts, texts from other countries, and videos. The whole discussion was based around trying to argue a case for funding for these various resources in a state secondary school. We each had to pick a topic, argue our case, give examples of texts we'd read that could be used under this category and then the others joined in. (I of course chose contemporary children's fiction! using the example of Skellig for year sevens)

Then we moved on to role plays. We were either student or teacher and had individual briefs about what we were trying to get out of the conversation. I was a newly qualified teacher trying to talk to my best student about why they hadn't done litter duty! We then discussed the role plays and then had a general dicussion about reasons for pupil behaviour/ teacher behaviour.

Whilst the others were having their individual interviews we had to write a side of A4 proposal asking the headteacher of "our" school if we could take pupils out of lessons for an English/drama trip. we had to justify this in relation to their learning experience as a whole.

My individual interview included questions such as "where do you see yourself in five years time?", "How would you teach a year seven drama class?", "What texts would you use for a year ten English lesson?"

I hope this is helpful!

3. Secondary English. University of Z

Two women interviewed me. One, Ms B is the Subject Lecturer for English and the other a Head of Department from a local secondary school.

To begin with, there was a group discussion covering topics such as why we wanted to teach, what we were interested in reading, were we ever really inspired by one teacher in particular and could we pin-point what had made them so special?

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