Sunday, 15 April 2012

GTP: I didn't quite fall at the finish line!

For the second year running I have been applying for GTP and for the second year running it has been a barrage of NO's! This has been for a number of reasons...I work in SEN, I don't have a national curriculum subject as my degree and I have no desire to work in mainstream (I have been a little too honest about this one in my interviews!)

Then  a few weeks ago I went for an interview at Bradford and it was quite literally my last hope! If I didn't get on this time I was considering trying clearing but as far as I was concerned that was the end of the road for me...I was going back to Psychology and perusing a PhD! BUT...on Wednesday it all paid off...I GOT ON THE GTP!!! What a for everyone out there I will tell you the sorts of questions I got in the hope that you might be able to prepare for your interview.

  • Why do you want to be a teacher
  • What strengths do you have that would make you a good teacher
  • Why do you want to do the GTP
  • What makes a good teacher
  • How would you deal with behaviour
  • How would you deal with bullying 
  • Tell me about an experience you have had where you has to overcome a problem
  • How would you go about dealing with an issue with a colleague
  • What does inclusion and equality mean to you
  • What educational issues can you tell me about in the Primary sector
  • Tell me about the important of phonics and some examples of how to deliver a phonics programme
These were the sort of questions that I had, in some of the other interviews I have had there has been a distinct focus on curriculum knowledge and understanding. So questions about how to deliver a topic are quite popular or questions which try to get you to demonstrate what you know (or what you don't know) are a favourite!

Hope this helps everyone, I will try and keep posting about my experiences through the GTP... I don't for a second expect it to be easy! My induction is the 10th July...wish me luck!


  1. Are you on the GTP now? I completed my GTP year in 2009, all I would say is be kind to yourself but you'll know that from SEN!
    I've just started working in SEN, tired but loving it!
    Brilliant blog, great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I never got a notification of your comment-thanks for your lovely comments. I'm half way through and coping quite well even though it is intense.
    SEN is an awesome phase to work in, especially secondary SEN-how's it going?