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Dear James...or anyone that can help!

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by natbar, Mar 28, 2011.

  1. natbar

    natbar New commenter

    Dear James
    I hope you can help me with this decision, I have been accepted onto a GTP programme for September, which I'm very pleased about! However, I have to apply to partnership schools for the teaching placement element. I had an interview last week in my chosen age range (3-7) which was unsuccesful, all of my previous experience is in this age range and I did an early years specialism as part of my degree (ed studies). I have never really stepped out of this age range, I have 7 years experience in a London primary school.
    Here's the problem...I have been invited to an interview next week, YAY! But it's in year 6...and the post will be in either yr5 or 6. The competition for places is very high, around 4 students for every placement. Do I go for the interview and if offered the job accept? even though I have absolutely no experience in this age range and am unsure of whether I will enjoy/achieve QTS in this k/s due to competition being so high?!
    I have figured that it will give me a very wide breadth of study if I achieve QTS, as I would have trained throughout the school. My contrast placemnt will be in K/S 1 for one term. Will this make me more employable in the future?, I originally wanted to specialise in early years. The school that have short listed me know that all my experience is in E/Y- K/S1 as it is VERY clear from my application and supporting letter. I'm feeling abit out of my depth already just planning an interview activity.

    Sorry for the long post I hope you can help?!!
  2. GTP places are hard to come by and my general advice is to take a place if it is offered. To gain QTS at present you must demonstrate that you meet the standards at two consecutive key stages. Looking to the futire the more flexible you are then the better it is for a future employer. I would say go to the interview, take note of everything and let your gut instinct lead you - if you really feel that it is not for you take courage and withdraw (although it is not a done deal as it is an interview).
  3. natbar

    natbar New commenter

    Thank you James for your reply, I think I'm going to follow your advice and let Lady Fate decide. If I'm really not cut out for KS2 I'm sure it will show, and another candidate will whip my butt in the interview!!
    Thanks again and I'll post next week after the interview to let you know.

  4. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    GTP is a very intense way of training and I would not recommend you train in an age group for which you are not equipped. If you start an ITT programme and then leave this would be damaging to your future credibility. KS2 and Yr 6 are very different creatures from E Yrs KS1 not least the pressure of SATs. Have you considered PGCE?

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