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#16 Dave Wallbanks

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Posted 18 April 2005 - 10:06 PM

You'd need to tell us more about the sort of place you're up for! I was accidentally HOF for a year and didn't have to have an interview. I'd guess the theme would be your overall ethos or focus for the faculty and how you'd get your faculty to work together, looking also to explain how you'd help each subject raise attainment, develop within the curriculum, contribute to the school as a whole etc.
You'd want also to discuss how you get colleagues to work under your management via delegating roles but whilst still taking responsibility for what the departments do. Preferably showing a working knowledge of all subjects in your faculty would be ideal, so a bit of research is necessary. Tell us a bit more and we can add it to the seminar.
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#17 Dan Moorhouse

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Posted 19 April 2005 - 05:54 AM

I've had two interviews for HoF posts, both a year a so ago now.

The type of question asked was obviously a little different to those we've suggested for NQT positions. A quick and general list of ones I was asked is:

- how do you ensure high standards of teaching and learning across the faculty?

- how can you use ICT to support teaching and learning?

- how would you tackle underperformance of a member of staff? (in both cases they gave a scenario).

- what are the main challenges facing Humanities at the moment?

- how can Humanities support the specialist status of the school?

- importance of Humanities and / or relationship with vocational subjects.

#18 MissKay

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Posted 19 April 2005 - 07:54 PM

All of the above is very good advice.

Just as an addition - I interviewed lots of people last year and they were all flummoxed by the equal ops question. Now, I've never been to an interview where I wasn't asked something related to this - but maybe that's just my LEAs policy. A typical question might be, "How would you ensure that all children are given equal opportunities in your classroom?"

I would advise anyone to prepare for this question. And don't say, "It's important that we treat everybody exactly the same!"

#19 Dan Moorhouse

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Posted 20 April 2005 - 06:02 AM

A typical question might be, "How would you ensure that all children are given equal opportunities in your classroom?"

I would advise anyone to prepare for this question.  And don't say, "It's important that we treat everybody exactly the same!"

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An awareness of Every Child Matters is needed for this, certainly for a HoD or HoF post. having some examples of how this can be put into practice would, of course, be useful interms of making an answer clearer.

#20 Giles Falconer

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Posted 20 April 2005 - 06:40 AM

I think the liklihood of an 'equal opportunities' type question depends on the post and (even more) the LEA - in 20+ years of teaching, having worked in 7 schools(6 different LEAs) in a variety of posts at different levels including Leadership, I have never been asked a specific Equal Opportunities question!


However I have been asked about teaching subjects I've never taught (or offered), coaching sports I don't do, and (frequently) questions the answers to which are clear from my CV, application form or letter!

Seriously, though, I would recommend being prepared for anything, especially for a post with management/leadership responsibilities.

#21 Nichola Boughey

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Posted 21 April 2005 - 02:17 PM

As an 'experienced' teacher toying with the idea of applying for a new job in my area I have found this thread to be very interesting and helpful. Have not had to write an application letter in 5 years and even if I don't end up applying it helps to have an outline of a letter in readiness.

Thanks guys!

#22 CD McKie

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Posted 21 April 2005 - 03:08 PM

As an 'experienced' teacher toying with the idea of applying for a new job in my area I have found this thread to be very interesting and helpful.  Have not had to write an application letter in 5 years and even if I don't end up applying it helps to have an outline of a letter in readiness.

Thanks guys!

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If nothing else, it's always good to get a bit of interview practice to prevent rustiness. When you attend interview, you usually know within a very short space of time whether it's the sort of place in which you want to work. There's nothing wrong with leaving part of the way through the day, or declining a job offer if you really don't think you'll be comfortable in the environment.

As an HOD the most important aspect of the process in my opinion is the lesson candidates are invariably asked to deliver. You don't always get very long (sometimes only 20-25 minutes following on from another candidate) so you have to make an almost instantaneous impact. It certainly helps to use the students' names and to that end it's probably a good idea to make name badges for the class which can be distributed at the start of the lesson. Make the lesson as interactive as you can and not too didactic. Get them all 'doing' and 'speaking' as much as possible.

Find out as much as possible about the school in advance. They'll be very impressed if you demonstrate some awareness of recent developments. School websites sometimes contain the latest newsletter or the equivalent. They might also inform you about future plans and the general direction the school will be taking in the months and years ahead.
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#23 Nichola Boughey

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Posted 21 April 2005 - 03:44 PM

Thanks for the advice CD. Like I said just thinking about it at the moment.




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