In Tray – AHT Job Interview

‘The In Tray’ Exercise

If you want to move from Middle Leadership to SLT you will have to go through a series of tasks, these are done on the first day of a two day process.

The first day of the interview process is really for the school to get to know you better, it is normally the second day that decides if you get the job or not after a formal interview/presentation.

I hope that this post onmy blog can be used to help people make it to day 2!

Please comment on this post and try to order the tasks as you would if in an interview situation 🙂

The common ‘In Tray Exercise’

Name of Candidate……………………………………………………….
Please prioritize (number 1-7, 1 being priority) the order you would address these with a brief note as to how you would address it. You have 30 minutes

Priority insert number in order which you would deal with first

1/ New member of staff complaining about HOD who won’t support his ideas for the curriculum. Wants to talk to you today about this.

2/ Member of the public has phoned in about a girl she saw being bullied outside of school. Want to pass this onto you. She has a description of her.

3/ You have reports from pupils around school that a teacher has hit a pupil after an incident before break.

4/ Pupil has just had some bad news, you need to console her. She is outside your office.

5/ The caretaker has phoned you saying a group of boys have vandalised the toilets at break. They had shouted verbal abuse at a teacher and she is upset.

6/ You receive this email.
Please could I have a confidential word with you at the earliest possible opportunity about something that Tara said to me this morning when she arrived in school? I have had a few concerns about a change in her behaviour but a remark made to me this morning gives me that feeling that something is amiss. I need to speak to you.

7/A parent has rung school to you saying that he is going to sue the school, his daughter is being bullied for the last few months, she has just phoned him via a mobile phone as says she was again bullied outside the school gates this morning by the same pupils and it also happened at break. The school has done nothing about it. He is now going to take matters in to his own hands.