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Dear Stephen - GTP or School Based ITT?

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by Muttley_in_the_Midlands, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. Muttley_in_the_Midlands

    Muttley_in_the_Midlands New commenter

    Before Christmas I had a provisional place for GTP at university but in early January the course was cut. I hurriedly applied to 3 other GTP providers and am waiting to hear from them. Because I applied so late I am not very hopeful though despite having secured a place at a great uni before. I also have a placement secured at one of the best state schools in the country which is in my home town and all fits perfectly.
    I am now wondering whether I should apply to other routes. The only realistic one is school based ITT. It means a year with no salary, and paying the tuition fees myself, travel to school over 30 minutes away and having to pay for before and after school childcare (£10 to £15 per day!). I have investigated help with costs etc and I will get nothing other than loans due to some other income I have. The school based course is PRofessional Graduate CE rather than post-grad too and the schools are in no way as good as the one I am in currently.
    Is it worth applying anyway? Once I have QTS is there any snobbery in getting a professional qualification rather than a post-grad? (I have a Masters in my subject anyway.)
    It will take a long time to pay back the loans. Is it better to wait a year and apply for GTP again in a year's time if I don't get a place this year?
    Any opinions gratefully recived
  2. Muttley_in_the_Midlands

    Muttley_in_the_Midlands New commenter

    I'd still gratefully receive any replies!
    My biggest question is whether there is a disadvantage in doing a professional rather than a postgrad PGCE

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