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What are your strongest and weakest areas?

What are your strongest and weakest areas? You will have completed a Career Entry and Development Profile, so you should be in a good position to speak about the areas for development. Avoid using the word ‘weak’. Instead, refer to your inexperience or less well-developed areas and give the strong impression that you are keen to be a good all-rounder and learn quickly. Emphasize your competence and enthusiasm in teaching literacy and mathematics.

What other things matter to you as a teacher? You may want to say something about developing co-operation, kindness, good habits, self-discipline and creativity. The panel is not appointing you to be a social worker but neither do the members want an automaton that has no interest in children’s emotional welfare. If you are applying to teach very young children you may want to refer to the model of teaching from the Foundation Stage Curriculum.