You are here:

Last reviewed on 16 March 2017
Ref: 12373
School types: All · School phases: All

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

More from The Key


Bitesize training with a big impact

Our on-demand training has your whole board covered and lets them learn at a time and pace that suits them.

Help your new governors hit the ground running with our expertly-designed induction training, and our role-specific courses support your link governors develop key skills and confidence in their role.


New eLearning: DSL refresher training

Your DSL’s training should be refreshed at least once every 2 years. 

Designed in collaboration with safeguarding experts, our 2.5 hour online refresher training course reminds DSLs how to put their knowledge into practice, with in-depth, real-world scenarios.


The Key has taken great care in publishing this article. However, some of the article's content and information may come from or link to third party sources whose quality, relevance, accuracy, completeness, currency and reliability we do not guarantee. Accordingly, we will not be held liable for any use of or reliance placed on this article's content or the links or downloads it provides. This article may contain information sourced from public sector bodies and licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.