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Bangor Primary with QTS or Chester Early Years with QTS

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by elle-rose, May 2, 2012.

  1. Hi - I have been offered a place at Bangor University for Primary Teaching with QTS and have been offered Early Years with QTS at Chester University. I wanted to do Primary at Chester but they only have Early Years places left. I do prefer the younger children but will it lessen my job opportunities with Early Years than with Primary? I need to make a decision and do not know which one. I am local to Chester so would prefer their University but want to make the right choice!
     
  2. Hi - I have been offered a place at Bangor University for Primary Teaching with QTS and have been offered Early Years with QTS at Chester University. I wanted to do Primary at Chester but they only have Early Years places left. I do prefer the younger children but will it lessen my job opportunities with Early Years than with Primary? I need to make a decision and do not know which one. I am local to Chester so would prefer their University but want to make the right choice!
     
  3. Hi Elle Rose, I do primary ed with early childhood studies - not in either of the universities that you are considering. I am finding as time goes on that I seem to enjoy early years less - but this doesn't bother me too much as I have been told that because the course carries QTS it doesn't limit ages you can teach. It may mean that for a few years after being an NQT I am more likely to be able to get FS/KS1 posts than KS2 but in the long run it doesn't really limit me.
     
  4. Hello! I completely agree with the person above this ^^ that you're not limited in terms of jobs, especially up to KS1 anyway. I will say however that Chester is one of the best for teacher training and you might find it a better course - which is always a bonus. And about the distance; Early Years is actually on the Warrington Campus so you're going to have to travel if you're planning on living in Chester. There is a shuttle bus though, or accommodation there too :)
     
  5. With QTS you can teach any primary age range. However, contrary to the above someone with Early years pgce would have less chance in gaining a job in KS2. Look at it from the employers point of view, an over subscribed job position they want someone who has had experience in that age range. I remember the EYFS is completely different to the national curriculum. In decided though, decide which one you going to enjoy more and are more likely to succeed on the easier you make the year the better.
    Well done on two offers!!!
     
  6. I agree but am I mistaken in thinking that we are not actually talking about PGCE's here? I thought we were talking about general primary education degrees with a kind of specialism? I guess it depends what is covered by the term 'early years' Personally mine with early childhood studies covers both EYFS and the NC so I have experience of using both curriculums. I agree that it is less likely that somebody who has experience with younger children is likely to be able to gain a job with older children - but surely in a school teachers just end up getting rotated around anyway? So it is quite likely you will experience teaching with a variety of ages?
    Good luck on choosing the right uni for you :)
     
  7. lauratrev

    lauratrev New commenter

    Hello,
    I live local to chester and wasnt successful in getting a place on PGCE Primary. I have also heard it is a very good teacher-training institution so well done on being offered a place! I know so many people who had the same luck as me plenty of experience but obviously not enough!) Anyway moving on, I was fortunate enough to be offered a place on the PGCE Primary course at Bangor University and gained my QTS in August 2011. I lived at home during my time here and was fortunate to get school placements in Wrexham both times so only down the road :). I have a BA (Hons) in Education Studies and Early Years and completed my PGCE Primary specialising in Lower Primary (3-7 years). My two teaching practices in a mixed Yr1/2 class and Reception class. With regards to limiting the key stages you can work in i have just been offered my first teaching post in a year 5 class so i think it shows you still have the chance of getting posts in KS2. I have worked with children from N-Y6 in holiday clubs, coaching but more importantly offering to do voluntary work, observing in KS2 to help widen your knowledge. I also stressed to supply agencies that although i specialise in Early Years I have knowledge of the NC and KS2 and would like opportunities to cover in this KS this has helped me to see if i am comfortable with this age group.

    Dont know if this has helped you in any way but just wanted to share my experiences as i to thought it to may hinder my chances of teaching across the primary phase.

    PS. I spoke to many teachers on placement asking what years they have taught out of
    curiousity and many have said they have taught in Nursery to Year 6 as many heads like to switch the teachers around to widen their experiences and keep them motivated.....please feel free to amend though if your opinion differs :)!
     

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