Candidates arrived to a blaze of wintry sunshine at London Road, home of the Institute of Education (IoE) on Wednesday. The second round of interviews for BA (QTS) Education commenced with a welcome background of sunshine pouring through the huge windows of the Learning Hub.
Applicants for the acclaimed programme were interviewed both in groups and one to one, having heard all about the University of Reading, the IoE and beautiful London Road campus during an initial presentation by Nasreen Majid, programme director.
These interviews enable Nasreen and her colleagues to spot the teacher potential in each of the applicants. The process highlights how the personal element is so essential in choosing the people who will inspire and enrich the next generation.
A unique feature of this BA programme is that students are able to choose one of four subject specialities: Art, English, Mathematics or Music. The course has the unusual aspect of being able to offer a degree both in the chosen specialism and in teaching, resulting in Qualified Teacher Status in three years. The interviews give the academics a chance to assess the applicants’ attainment in their chosen subject.
The applicants gave short presentations, worked in groups to prepare visuals and examined learning materials. The encouraging and knowledgeable remarks by Nasreen and her colleagues must have been great help and reassurance. It was especially valuable to have a Head Teacher from a partner school on the panel.
Further interview days will follow right into March 2017. This careful, thoughtful and kindly process ensures that the right students are chosen for the rewarding yet demanding life a teacher leads.
For more information on the BA (QTS) Education programme, visit www.reading.ac.uk/education/ug/ioe-BAEducation.aspx or email firstname.lastname@example.org