Preparing For Your Primary Education Interview

Congratulations on qualifying for interview with RCTTP! Some preparation is required for your interview, so please read the information below carefully as soon as possible to avoid being unprepared.

Primary Lesson Planning Task

Please note you will be talking through your lesson – not delivering it 

Choose one of the tasks below and plan a 15 minute lesson: 

Choose a favourite possession that you could use as a hook for learning – what aspect of the primary curriculum could it introduce and how would it inspire the children? 


A favourite book – what aspect of the primary curriculum could it introduce and how might it inspire the children? 

You should use the plan to identify how you would structure the learning along with how you would engage and enthuse the pupils.  You also need to show your imagination and passion for teaching young people. 

Please note – the task should be prepared using the Year 3 curriculum covering a range of abilities. You should prepare and email your plan to the contact in the instruction email. 

To be successful you must consider: 

  • how you promote a love of learning and children’s intellectual curiosity through your lesson 
  • making links to the National Curriculum 
  • your learning objective/intention, is it clear? 
  • your ability to create a positive learning environment 
  • how you will explain of your planning process 
  • the appropriateness of the tasks and how they engage the learners 
  • your ability to communicate and your use of standard English  
  • how you will assess learning 

This link will provide you with information about the National Curriculum:

You may refer to prepared notes during the interview and use resources to help you.

If you have any other questions regarding your interview, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information by replying to your offer of interview email.

Top 5 Interview Tips

  1. Prepare for the set task- give yourself plenty of time, ask for advice from any friends or family working in schools.
  2. Consider following areas- why you want to become a teacher, what skills, and qualities you can bring to the role, reflect on how your previous experience will help you as a teacher.
  3. Familiarise yourself with the national curriculum.
  4. Use the website of the Department for Education,, where you will be able to access a range of information about the teaching profession.
  5. Do some research around safeguarding procedures in schools.
  6. Think about any questions you’d like to ask us following your interview.

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This course really is fantastic. I feel personally that I could not have been given a better start to my teaching career.


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