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Are there interview tasks for a literacy or English subject leader? Three of our associate experts suggest tasks that could be used when interviewing a literacy or English subject leader candidates in a primary school. The tasks relate to subject knowledge, assessment, observations and training.

A school leader asked us for examples of interview tasks that schools might use when recruiting an English subject leader.

In this article, 3 of our associate education experts, Gulshan Kayembe, Jeremy Bird and Diane Leedham, suggest a range of tasks. Gulshan has experience of inspecting schools and mentoring senior leaders, and Jeremy has extensive experience of primary headship. Diane has experience in whole-school literacy development. 

We present the advice from these experts in sections 1-4, as a list of suggested tasks.

This article was written to support interviewers with preparing tasks, and is not intended to help interviewees prepare for an interview.

Planning the tasks

Interview tasks should be chosen depending on:

  • The job description for the role
  • The school's context and needs

An article from The Key includes examples of recruitment interview record sheets and response scoring

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