I have an interview coming up for a place on PGCE Primary course. Part of the interview will involve me completing a two minute unscripted presentation on ''a current educational issue involvng teachers today.'' Now, I'm unsure whether to go down the avenue of talking about problems in the classroom such as misbehaving children, teaching children with different abilities/backgrounds etc or whether I should talk more on political issues, like government funding cuts etc and how they will affect education. Can anyone offer me any advice on what route they think this presentation is asking me to take? Seeing as it states 'an issue' and not 'issues' as a plural, I want to ensure I give the best possible answer I can.


As you are going for primary what about the teaching of reading and the debate (or not) surrounding phonics? That is a current issue that the gov has decided on (phonics) but still has controversy attached to it in the classroom. http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=6063585 http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=6021536 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-12249654 James
Answered by: James_Williams
I've just had my interview (April) and this is one thing that I was so worried about. I'm really passionate about creativity in the classroom as I am a drama student but I wasn't sure if this would be considered as an issue or not. After reading forum after forum I decided to go with my gut feeling and base it on creativity in the classroom. I was so surprised when I got there, one of the men in my group based his on technology in primary schools eg use of computers and touch screen white boards etc, another focused on the use of the child's voice in the classroom for example self evaluation and the other man did a presentation on free schools. The thing is if everyone based their presentation on something in the news there wouldn't be much variety and the lady who sat in and observed our presentations and discussion seemed impressed by the diversity of our subjects. I obviously can't account for every training provider but I can certainly account for Southampton. At the end of the day I believe it's best to do something that you're passionate about as this will come across as you're delivering, they're not necessarily looking at what you're presenting but how you are presenting it (I got some advice from www.prospects.ac.uk), that's my experience of it anyway. I hope this helps Sarah
Answered by: SJRose23