This page has been created to give you all the information you need to prepare for your online interview. It is essential that you read all of the sections carefully.
- There will be no requirement for you to attend the University at this time – your online interview will be conducted remotely using Blackboard Collaborate.
- You should be able to view the date and time of your interview on UCAS Track along with your individual joining link. If you cannot view your joining link, please contact our Admissions Team [email protected]
- You need to confirm that you will attend your interview via UCAS Track.
- You should allow approximately 1 hour for the online interview process.
- The interview has been structured in such a way as to enable you to demonstrate your commitment to becoming a teacher and your enthusiasm for your subject and education more generally. You need to be able to show that you can engage in discussion, contributing both as a speaker and as a listener. You will also be given the opportunity to demonstrate the contribution that you, personally, could make to the programme and, ultimately, to the education of children.
- You can join your online interview on any device – PC, tablet or smartphone, and we would advise using Chrome or Firefox as your browser. Please ensure that your browser is fully up to date.
- If you would prefer to access the session in the Blackboard App please download the app called Blackboard Collaborate TM Mobile, which, using Google Chrome as your browser, you can find in your normal app store.
- If you experience any technical issues, please visit the help page.
- Your online interview link can be accessed 10 minutes before the start of your interview. Please follow the steps below:
- Open the link in your browser
- You will then be able to see the session you are joining and there is a place for you to type your name. Please ensure you type your full name and UCAS ID Number and select ‘Join Session’.
- Each session will be hosted by a member of Edge Hill University staff, they may not be in the online room when you join, however please stay online.
- You can join with your camera and microphone switched off and you will be advised by the member of staff when it is time to switch them on.
It is essential that you:
- have your individual Blackboard Collaborate link. Please contact our Admissions Team [email protected] if you cannot view this on UCAS Track.
- dress appropriately. You are not expected to be in formal wear, however you should present yourself as a future professional.
- have read all the information on this preparation page and made a note of the items you need to have with you and any questions that you want to ask during your online interview.
- have thought about, and can explain, why you want to teach children in the Primary age range.
- have prepared and sent your ‘This is me’ video. See ‘Your online interview’ below.
- have prepared to deliver your interview task. See ‘Your online interview’ below.
- have familiarised yourself with current educational issues. Useful publications include:
Our aim at interview is to be able to identify the highest quality candidates, therefore performance in all aspects of the interview will be taken into consideration:
- ‘This is me’ video
- Interview task
- Individual interview
Read on to find out more about each element:
‘This is me’ video
Prior to your interview we would like you to record a short video ‘This is me.’ This is not a test of your filming and editing skills so please don’t spend a long time preparing this. This is an opportunity for you to tell us a bit about yourself, for example –
- Anything interesting about you
- Where you live
- Something about your family or friends
- Your interests or hobbies
- What you are currently studying
- What you are most looking forward to when you start university
- Anything else that you think will be of interest to your interviewer.
As a guide your video should be 1-2 minutes long. Please email your video to [email protected] at least 24 hours before your scheduled interview date, with your full name, date of birth and the date of your interview included in the email subject.
How to upload your video
On your phone, computer or tablet, open the Google Drive app on Google Play, the App Store, or website. Click Add then click Upload. Find and click the files you want to upload. You can view uploaded files in My Drive until you move them. Share the file via email.
Create an account if you do not have one already. Sign in to your account on the App or by website and select the upload button. Drag and drop or select the file to upload. Enter description, tags, and privacy information. Share the video to social media. Send the video link via email.
Go to the WeTransfer website. Select your video file to upload. Enter the email address you want to send to and your email address. Enter text description and then press the transfer button to send your video. The file will begin transferring and will say transfer complete when this has been done. You should receive a confirmation email confirming that your video has been received.
You will only have to upload your video to one of these options. There are various online guides and YouTube videos that can advise you on how to upload your video.
If you have any difficulties with completing this task then please do still attend your interview and your interviewer will discuss other options for you.
Before your individual interview you will be asked to deliver a 4-5 minute task to a member(s) of the Edge Hill University partnership. Choose one task from the tasks below. Please be prepared to deliver your task for 4-5 minutes to your interviewer(s). Your interviewer(s) may ask you a question based on your presentation. The use of technology will NOT be assessed so please come prepared to deliver your presentation without a PowerPoint.
Research a current educational issue that is of interest to you.
Your presentation should include:
- Why you chose this particular educational issue
- An explanation of why you believe this is a key issue
- Your personal view on the success of any progress made to date to address the issue
- What you would like to see actioned to improve the issue
Choose a suitable, age-related book and read aloud a short extract to the interviewer (as you would to a class of children).
Consider and present the following:
- Detail what age range this book would be suitable for.
- How could this book impact positively on children’s learning in a variety of subjects within the National Curriculum?
Below are a series of common teaching related tasks. Consider the order that you would prioritise these tasks into, from high priority to low priority. Be prepared to discuss the rationale for your decisions.
- You have received an email from the Head Teacher asking you to input your assessment data into Excel.
- A request from a parent for you to phone them has been received, as they believe their child is being bullied.
- A child tells you that they are hungry. They say that have not had any breakfast.
- You are required to update your class page on the school’s website with four new photographs by the end of the week.
- You are meeting with your NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher) Mentor after school and you need to share a copy of that week’s English Planning.
- You have noticed that a child in your class has not read at home for two weeks, and this is unusual. You want advice from a colleague.
- When you marked yesterday’s Maths after school, you noticed that a large group of children got most of the questions wrong and will need extra help.
- You notice that a corner of your classroom carpet has come loose and could be a trip hazard. This needs reporting.
You will be allocated 5 mins to deliver a mini teach to your interviewer. This can be on anything you choose – so be creative! It may be something that you enjoy doing, a hobby a skill or something as simple as how to fold a t-shirt or how to tie a shoelace.
For this task your target audience will be adults rather than children, but you can prepare your mini teach with children in mind.
This is an opportunity to demonstrate your creative ideas and to show how well you communicate with others. How well you use and engage with technology will not be assessed.
As a teacher, you will need to teach a wide variety of subjects. Research the Primary National Curriculum and choose one subject to share with the interviewer(s):
- You will need to reflect if this curriculum area challenges or excites you, and why.
- Why this subject is important.
- How you may approach teaching this subject.
Your individual interview
You will have a 10 minute individual interview with a member of the Edge Hill University Partnership which will cover:
- your reasons for applying for this programme
- the role of the teacher
- your own skills and attributes and how these might support you in being an outstanding teacher
- current issues relating to Primary education.
Please have to hand your original photographic ID (i.e. current valid passport or photo-card driving licence). Your ID will be checked prior to the start of the process. If you do not have suitable ID on the day, you may not be able to take part in the online interview and will have to reschedule for an alternative date.
If you have any questions about your ID please contact our Admissions Team via email to [email protected] prior to your online interview.
Original certificates (if already achieved)
There are various documents/items that we will want to see if you are successful in your online interview. We will only request these once you have been made an offer and made us your Firm Choice:
- Your GCSE certificates or Level 2 equivalent qualifications
- A Levels or equivalent (e.g. BTEC, Access etc)
- If you have changed your name since the certificates were issued, please provide evidence of your name change (e.g. marriage certificate, change of name deed poll etc)
Please note: Collection of certificate/qualifications will only be requested if you are successful at your online interview and we will withhold the offer until we have verification of your original certificates.
Throughout the interview process we will be looking for you to demonstrate:
- a commitment to and enthusiasm for working with children
- strong communication skills
- the personal attributes and values required to train as a teacher
- the ability to reflect on experiences and the learning taken from these
We look forward to meeting you for your online interview.
If you have any questions or special requirements that you would like to discuss with us prior to your interview you can contact us in the following ways: