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Dear Stephen...Need advice on practically EVERYTHING!

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by Teacher_Jen, Aug 26, 2011.

  1. Dear Stephen,
    I am a 22 year old female. Graduated from Uni of Greenwich last year with a 2:2 IN Sociology BA (hons).
    Looking to teach in Primary schools, specialising in Citizenship and Religious Education (using my Sociology background) especially in circle time and such.
    I have a GCSE in English and Science, however currently do not hold a GCSE in Maths as achieved a D at Intermediate level. I have asked numerous people, including the teacher's helpline but with no avail. I am wondering if I can apply this September for next September whilst completing my Maths GCSE. By the time I start the PGCE/GTP/SCITT in september 2012 I will have the Maths C in place. However can I apply without one but pending to start with?
    One more question is this, I am enroling with a local voluntary centre to begin voluntary work in schools starting October. Should I keep a reflective journal of my time at these schools for my interview in the future and furthermore, should I include the voluntary work on my personal statement if I send it in November/December time even if I have only done a few months voluntary work so far.
    So many questions. So sorry.
    Teacher_Jen
     
  2. Dear Stephen,
    I am a 22 year old female. Graduated from Uni of Greenwich last year with a 2:2 IN Sociology BA (hons).
    Looking to teach in Primary schools, specialising in Citizenship and Religious Education (using my Sociology background) especially in circle time and such.
    I have a GCSE in English and Science, however currently do not hold a GCSE in Maths as achieved a D at Intermediate level. I have asked numerous people, including the teacher's helpline but with no avail. I am wondering if I can apply this September for next September whilst completing my Maths GCSE. By the time I start the PGCE/GTP/SCITT in september 2012 I will have the Maths C in place. However can I apply without one but pending to start with?
    One more question is this, I am enroling with a local voluntary centre to begin voluntary work in schools starting October. Should I keep a reflective journal of my time at these schools for my interview in the future and furthermore, should I include the voluntary work on my personal statement if I send it in November/December time even if I have only done a few months voluntary work so far.
    So many questions. So sorry.
    Teacher_Jen
     
  3. Hi Teacher Jen
    Just some advice from somebody who has been in a similar position. Many ITT providers did not even consider me without my GCSE Maths although I made it clear I was in the process of resitting. The competition is so fierce that a lack of qualifications is used to weed people out. I am not saying do not apply but be prepared to be overlooked in favour of other people. I only secured my place once I had secured a C in Maths. Good luck with everything.
     
  4. bnm

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    You do understand you will need to teach the full curriculum in primary?
     
  5. Yes I do understand, what I meant was I could specialise in something too.
     
  6. mmm...Milk

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    Competition in any area of teaching is so fierce, you need to have all your qualifications bang on. They are probably using quality of results in addition to gaining the minimum required when selecting people. Yes, they are going to be looking at your ablity to teach / your potential etc, and that the results of your GCSE or degree should be irrelevant, when they have 20 ideal people for one place, they have to use something to knock people out. This is only the start of it, if you get trained, you will still need a job, and look on the jobseekers./ unemployed ./ supply teachers pages to see how bad the job situation is. I applied for a job, there were 70 candidates and the school weren't interviewing people they would normally consider employing.
     
  7. I don't understand why everyone is being so negative about this for me. I understand the job situation better than anyone, coming out of university a year ago with a degree and failing to find anything except a retail job. Teaching is something I've wanted to do for a long time and even if I have to start on the bottom rung and work my way up then I will do.

     
  8. Hi Jen It is good to see that you are doing so much forward planning for your teacher training. There isn't a yes or no answer to your query concerning whether you can apply while completing your maths GCSE. This is perhaps why you have not yet received a definite answer. Each course provider will make this decision individually. Some may offer you a conditional place and some may ask for the GCSE to be in place on application; please speak to the course providers with whom you would like to study.
    It is an excellent idea to keep a journal that you can use in your interview and yes, please do include your experience in your personal statement. Providers will want to see what you have learnt from your time in schools and how this has informed your decision to become a teacher. Gaining a few months' school experience is certainly something to make your application stand out from the crowd.
    Have a look at the application and interview advice on the TDA website (www.tda.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/apply-for-teacher-training.aspx) for further help.
    I wish you the best of luck in your application and a successful teaching career.

    Stephen Hillier, TDA
     

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