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Best Time To Apply For GTP (+ School Placement)

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by GlassButterfly, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. Hi,

    I have been gaining experience in two schools working as a voluntary TA since January. I plan on getting at least one term's worth of experience under my belt, as it were. I know the deadlines have passed now for a Sept 2011 start & I know that I need to get a school to agree to train me prior to making an application to a GTP provider, however, as this will be for a 2012 start now, I'm just wondering when the best time to approach schools is....?

    I'm guessing it's much too early at present.... but then the GTP providers seem to open their doors for 2012 applications around September 2011. If I am to get a school to agree to train me first then I'm guessing I need to apply around the middle of July/very start of September? It just seems so far in advance of the actual start date?

    I hope that doesn't sound too garbled, I'm composing it on the hop, as it were.



  2. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    Many schools will mot know their actual budgets until the January-February 2012 so cannot commit to GTP places. This would mean recruitment by Easter for a Sept or Jan start.As previous poster says it does depend upon what part of the country you are in and what phase you train for.
  3. Hi,

    Thanks for replying.. the time scales on that make sense... So you effectively applied to your school a year before they would be able to take you on?.... 8 years is a lot of experience... I have a BA & an MA in appropriate subjects (with good grades) but I have been out of education for a while. I worked in an Early Years Dept. for a local council but that is really the only career based experience, as life interrupted and I had a little girl. I did apply for a PGCE just after she was born but I got the impression they didn't think I could handle it on top of a baby & didn't pass interview stage... There was no point forwarding my applications on to the other 'local' universities, as they were all on the other side of London and I wouldn't have been able to afford to do it (calculating in tube fares, additional childcare etc).

    I can try and rack up some more voluntary experience before September hits, however, it is voluntary (there are few TA positions available around here without some sort of more appropriate specialised qualification) and, at the end of the day, I do need to be earning money... vicious circle really..

    As for it being better for me, from what I understand the funding is going to be reduced next year, so that seems doubtful :/
  4. MarkS

    MarkS New commenter

    hi there,
    Contact your local schools and GTP providers NOW!!! Many will still be looking to recruit, so you could be lucky depending on your area and subject.
    My school is certainly still looking to fill a few places that we have - September 2011 is not an impossible start date!
  5. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    Things will change rapidly in ITT and next year the situation could be very different if the Teaching schools come on board. There is still no clarity about whether they will offer GTP or PGCE- watch the press
  6. As suggested earlier in the topic, apply now, i have applied to 4 different providers since september 2010 and have only got through for a possible interview with 1 provider who are still taking places now for Sept 2011, and that is with 10 years of expereince of working in schools.
    Big factor is you need a supporting school, since i have had a supporting school i have been getting far more results in terms of responses to emails, interviews etc.


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