Hello there, my name is Richard McMunn from the interview training company PassMyInterview.com,
and in this tutorial, I'm going to teach you how to pass a Primary School Teacher interview.
And in particular, I'm going to give you a number of important tips to make sure you
And more importantly, I'm going to give you a number of primary teacher interview questions
and top-scoring answers!
So, please do stick around and watch the tutorial from beginning to end.
Now, before I get into those top tips to help you pass your primary teacher interview, a
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Now, in preparation for your primary teacher interview, we need to make sure that you demonstrate
the following key skills and attributes – let’s work through them.
You have to demonstrate an ability to develop and deliver strong lesson plans that allow
for engaging and inclusive learning - so that's learning for everybody within the class.
You also have to demonstrate an ability to motivate your students with imaginative lessons
You have to include parents and carers in the development of their child by providing
them with appropriate and constructive feedback.
You will have to mark and assess work in a timely manner.
This is in addition to your teaching duties to ensure each student can progress based
on your feedback.
Also, you have to keep up-to-date with primary educational developments and you also have
to take responsibility for your own CPD, which is Continuous Professional Development.
And finally, being flexible, you have to demonstrate a flexible and supportive approach to your
So, you need to work long and difficult hours at times, but also support other teachers
to help them deliver on the educational objectives of the school or the establishment you're
Now, in all of the primary teacher interview questions and answers that are coming right
now, I've made sure I've included all of those skills and attributes to ensure that you pass
So, let's get straight into it.
The first question of your primary teacher interview: Tell me about yourself and why
you think you'll make a good primary teacher?
Let's take a look at a strong answer to that question.
“I am an extremely passionate teacher who decided to get into this profession because
of the skills and qualities I possess that are a match for the role.
I am hard-working, I always put the welfare and education of my students at the core of
everything I do, and I always work tirelessly to give them the best possible start in life
through the education I provide as a Primary Teacher.
I will make a good Primary Teacher because I have the ability to build strong relationships
with my students and their parents.
I am kind, patient and caring, and above all, I am totally dedicated to the teaching profession
which I feel will be a positive influence on my style of teaching and the results that
So that's a strong answer because it is positive in nature.
You are telling them about yourself and you are focusing totally on your work ethics,
your skills and your attributes, which is important.
And also, you're explaining why you'll make a good primary teacher.
So you're coming across as a passionate person who is totally dedicated to the teaching profession.
So you can either pause the video and write that down, or if you want to wait, I will
tell you where you can download my full set of 21 primary school teacher interview questions
and top scoring answers.
Let's move on to the second question.
Why have you chosen our school to become a primary teacher?
Again, a guaranteed question!
So why have you chosen our school to become a primary teacher?
They want to understand why you've chosen them.
And I believe this question will come pretty much early on during your primary teacher
So we need to give them a great answer.
Here it is.
“I have chosen your school because of the strong reputation it has within the community
and it is also clear, from my research, that you strive to deliver the highest standards
of education possible.
Everyone I have spoken to about your school have all had nothing but positive comments
to say, and on that basis, I feel this school is the one where I can continually grow and
develop as a Primary Teacher.
There is a huge amount of responsibility that comes with being a Primary Teacher, and I
only want to work within a school that is a match for my own work ethics, standards
So that demonstrates that you have thought carefully about why you've chosen their school
and also their reputation is a match for your own high standards.
Next question: What are the core values you would apply in your teaching?
That’s a difficult primary school teacher interview question, a difficult one.
We need to make sure that the core values you apply within your teaching are a match
for the expectations of the school.
So here's my answer.
“The three core values I would apply whilst teaching would be inclusion, honesty and hard
It is essential that all students are made to feel valued, appreciated and that their
education and development is important.
I would also make sure that the student’s parents are informed and kept up-to-date in
the progress of their child’s educational development.
In respect of honesty; it is crucial the right standards are met, especially when teaching
children of such a young influential age.
Finally, if you teach children the importance of hard work and determination through your
work as a teacher, this will have a positive impact on their future education and instil
the importance of working hard, and professionally, in everything you do.”
So that demonstrates that you have thought carefully about the values that you would
instil whilst teaching.
And I like the fact that you you've given three core values.
You're not just mentioning one or two, it’s three specific values.
And if you focus on those three, it will be easier for you to remember them when preparing
for your primary teacher interview.
Now, I've got two more questions to run through, so please do stick around.
They’re difficult questions, but I'll give you great answers!
But if you want to download my full set of 21 primary school teacher interview questions
and top scoring answers, there's a link that's appeared in the top right hand corner of that
Click it, when you're ready, and it will take you through to my website where you can download
the full set.
Next question: What do you think makes a good primary teacher?
Here’s my suggested answer.
“I believe there a number of things that all combine to make a good, competent Primary
These are making sure the students feel confident to speak during class where they can ask any
questions they want to.
This is important because, historically, students and pupils don’t always feel confident enough
to ask important questions, meaning they end up missing an important aspect of the lesson.
A good Primary Teacher will also understand that everyone learns at a different pace,
and on that basis, progress must be measured individually as opposed to being on a ‘whole
It is important that everyone progresses, but at a pace that is suitable and applicable
to their own style of learning and ability.
Finally, a good Primary Teacher makes lessons interesting, inclusive and enjoyable.
The more enjoyable education is, the more willing to learn the students will be.”
That’s a great answer to that question!
So, it demonstrates that you know what the role involves, but more importantly, how to
be a good primary teacher.
That's the important part.
Tell me about a time when you received criticism about your style of teaching?
Now, this is a common primary teacher interview question, and the vast majority of people
would respond by saying – “I've never actually been criticized.”
And they think that is the right answer, to say that you've never been criticized.
But here is the correct way to answer this.
“I haven’t been criticized often; however, when I first started out in teaching an experienced
teacher who had been at the school for a long period of time was assessing me during my
first few lessons.
This was common practice at the school to make sure all teachers were not only adhering
to the school curriculum, but that their style of teaching was applicable to all students.
At the end of the first lesson, the teacher raised two important improvement areas with
The first was the pace of teaching – I was basically too fast, and I needed to slow down.
The second area of improvement was the fact that I didn’t confirm the teaching points
often enough with the students.
I took the feedback onboard and started to implement these important aspects in future
I am someone that, despite now being experienced as a Primary Teacher, is always looking to
improve and develop and I see constructive feedback as an important part of being maintaining
competence in my role.”
And that last bit is the important part.
You are someone who is open to feedback and constructive criticism because a lot of people,
not just teachers, find it difficult to take on board feedback if somebody criticizes them.
But as a primary teacher, you have to be open to learning and developing at all times because
the educational sector is changing all the time.
There are different ways to teach, and the expectations are really high.
So, being open to criticism is really important.
If you want to download my full set of 21 primary school teacher interview questions
answers, click that link below the video or the one in the top right-hand corner of the
screen, and it will take you through to my website (PassMyInterview.com) and you can
download my full set of 21 cracking answers to difficult primary teacher interview questions!
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