How to prepare for your Primary Teaching Selection Event

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Scott Hann - Primary Teaching Student

Here are some tips from our Admissions Team that will help you to prepare for your Primary Teaching Selection Event.


  • Get as much practical experience as you can. This can be through voluntary work with children (eg helping out with clubs/sports teams in school or in the community) or through work experience in a school setting. This is the best way to show your enthusiasm and commitment. Not only will it give you a true insight into the real world of teaching but it will also give you plenty of material to talk about in the interview. 
  • Take a look at some of the sample online literacy and numeracy tests.  
  • Make sure your references are current and still happy to be contacted. 
  • Re-read your application form and personal statement. We will ask you to elaborate on it and so be ready to be able to talk about it in more detail and give examples. Be informed about educational news and current affairs. For example, read the TES and take a look at the 
  • Read the article, think about the main points that the writer is making and reflect upon your views and responses to these points.
  • Plan your individual presentation of how you would teach a new skill to a group of children. Think about how you will explain how you would teach this skill with clear learning objectives, structure, content and assessment.  Be ready to describe how you would engage the learners' interest and how you would use time and resources effectively. 
  • Think about how you can demonstrate a passion for teaching, a passion for learning and  an understanding of some of the factors that can have an impact upon learning. 

Prepare for common questions such as:

  • Why do you want to be a teacher? 
  • Why have you applied for this course? 
  • Why you have chosen specifically to work with pupils of primary school age? 
  • What experience do you have of working with young people? 
  • What do you think are the qualities of a good teacher? Think about how your  skills and attributes match the qualities needed to inspire learners. 
  • What do you know of the roles and responsibilities of a primary school teacher? 
  • What do you understand of the changes that are happening in education in Wales? 

On the day

  • Dress in smart, comfortable clothes. Remember this is an interview for a professional course.
  • Be on time! Make sure you know where you need to go and arrive with plenty of time to spare.
  • Bring your proof of ID.
  • Take a pen and notepad/iPad.
  • Be prepared to engage fully in the group discussion of a short journal article topic, and remember the importance of body language. Make yourself stand out but also show your skill at working in a team. Full details can be found in the interview letter here
  • Be prepared for your individual presentation where you will explain to members of the USW ITE Partnership how you would teach a new skill to a group of children. You will not be required to actually teach the skill but we will ask you to explain clearly how you would teach it. You may bring notes and resources with you. You will not have access to any IT facilities for this activity.
  • Be prepared for your interview

Members of the USW Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Partnership will interview you. During the interview, the panel will be assessing evidence of your ability to develop the following competencies:

  • Appropriate inter-personal skills, including the ability to communicate with a professional and academic audience
  • Appropriate mind-set, values and professional disposition
  • Passion, drive and motivation for teaching
  • Understanding of some or all of the factors that can impact upon learning
  • Understanding of the role of the Welsh language and a commitment to developing/improving your Welsh-language skills.


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