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considering leaving course - advice needed!

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by kcmmoore86, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. I am currently resitting my 3rd year placement after failing last year. I told uni that I wanted to carry on and resit as I had already put lots of time, effort and money into the degree.
    I am now starting to change my mind as I feel I dont have what it takes to be a teacher. I feel I have regained some of my confidence during this placement and I enjoy working with the children and staff and my teaching is fine. My planning and paperwork lets me down, no matter how hard I try and how many hours I spend on it.
    i have seen a few posts on this site with people feeling the same and looking for alternative career options, but from what I remember they werent recent posts.
    Does anyone have any advice on what other careers I could look at? I still want to work with children and I would still finish my degree, just without QTS.

    Thank you for any replies
  2. fantastischfish

    fantastischfish Established commenter

    My paperwork is still **** after 8 years. Doesn't stop me being a good teaching and getting good results.
    My advice would be to continue and at least pass the PGCE and gain QTS. If you choose to take a break from it and do something else, or even if you never intend going back to it, you've always got that qualification and, if needs be in the future, you can return to teaching. There is no longer a time limit for beginning induction (although once you start, you are expected to complete it within 5 years).
    Take some time to think about wheether you want to throw it away after putting so many years into it.
  3. Hi,
    I agree with Eva that it's worth trying to stick it out for QTS, as you never know when you may want to go back to teaching, and getting the maxmimum qualification seems the best thing to do considering how much work you must have put into it so far.
    A friend of mine recently quit teaching, had a break for a couple of years doing a different job, but has now decided to go back to it, so having options is always a good thing.
    In terms of other jobs that you could do, have you looked into something like educational coordinator for a museum/local attraction? When school groups visit museums/castles/victorian houses etc they need guides with a good way with children, which it sounds like you have if your teaching is fine and it's only the paperwork which is the issue.
    If you have any niche areas of interest you could do school visits. Another friend of mine is a reptile specialist and visits schools with reptiles, does some museum days, and generally makes a good living out of working with children and teaching them things, but in a less formal context. I know it's unlikely you're mad keen on lizards, but there must be other things you can bring to schools!
    Just some ideas!
  4. Thanks girls, after having a great week on placement, ive decided to stick it out, and yes id recently heard that i dont have to do my nqt year straight away which takes the pressure off slightly.
    paperwork is still rubbish and im way behind on everything but the atmosphere in the classroom has perked me up a bit this week!

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