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Drama PGCE

Discussion in 'Drama and performing arts' started by pgceplease, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. <font size="2"> I was interviewed @ Warwick Uni last year for Secondary Drama with English PGCE. My microteaching assessment went really well as did my written task...i totally failed the interview. I wasn't prepared and hadn't done enough research about my current educational issues.</font><font size="2"> </font><font size="2">It totally put me off and I decided that I wanted to teach Primary - for an easy life. Less marking, younger kids who won&rsquo;t give me abuse (the secondary school I went to was pretty horrendous with students taking drama as an easy option)....I have secured work experience at a local primary school that can run alongside my current fairly well paid job in HR....</font><font size="2"> </font><font size="2">However, as the time looms to apply again I'm starting to rethink my options</font><font size="2">1) I'm worried that there's less primary teaching positions available</font><font size="2">2) I'm worried that I have chosen primary for 'an easier life' when reading through the posts the role of a primary school teacher is just as hard as a secondary!</font><font size="2">3) Im worried that if I do re-chose Secondary Drama with English that Drama will be cut from the options.....and the new government will not see Drama as a worthy subject? </font><font size="2">4) One school only ever really needs 1 drama teacher so that cuts down my chances of gaining employment after</font><font size="2">5) some of my friends gained a place on the Drama PGCE @ Manchester and I know that I have considerably more experience than them...so I should be able to get on the course fairly easily....being that with the GTTR if you fail your 1st choice, then then send your 2nd choice and it's already full up by then and you have to wait a full year....</font><font size="2"> 6) I'm from the midlands so can move back to my parents to study but ideally i'd love to stay in Manchester...however if i do choose secondary then would it be better career wise to choose a PGCE in Drama AND English?</font> Can anyone advise on these worries!
     
  2. <font size="2"> I was interviewed @ Warwick Uni last year for Secondary Drama with English PGCE. My microteaching assessment went really well as did my written task...i totally failed the interview. I wasn't prepared and hadn't done enough research about my current educational issues.</font><font size="2"> </font><font size="2">It totally put me off and I decided that I wanted to teach Primary - for an easy life. Less marking, younger kids who won&rsquo;t give me abuse (the secondary school I went to was pretty horrendous with students taking drama as an easy option)....I have secured work experience at a local primary school that can run alongside my current fairly well paid job in HR....</font><font size="2"> </font><font size="2">However, as the time looms to apply again I'm starting to rethink my options</font><font size="2">1) I'm worried that there's less primary teaching positions available</font><font size="2">2) I'm worried that I have chosen primary for 'an easier life' when reading through the posts the role of a primary school teacher is just as hard as a secondary!</font><font size="2">3) Im worried that if I do re-chose Secondary Drama with English that Drama will be cut from the options.....and the new government will not see Drama as a worthy subject? </font><font size="2">4) One school only ever really needs 1 drama teacher so that cuts down my chances of gaining employment after</font><font size="2">5) some of my friends gained a place on the Drama PGCE @ Manchester and I know that I have considerably more experience than them...so I should be able to get on the course fairly easily....being that with the GTTR if you fail your 1st choice, then then send your 2nd choice and it's already full up by then and you have to wait a full year....</font><font size="2"> 6) I'm from the midlands so can move back to my parents to study but ideally i'd love to stay in Manchester...however if i do choose secondary then would it be better career wise to choose a PGCE in Drama AND English?</font> Can anyone advise on these worries!
     
  3. Please, please don't think you're going into primary for an easier life. It isn't less marking and behaviour is different but not easier. I know a lot of primary school teachers and they certainly don't have it easier than us.

    This is a difficult time in education. Jobs are going in both primary and secondary so I wouldn't make your decision based solely on that. Some secondary schools are making decisions to offer less drama in light of the ebac - though ours hasn't made any moves towards this as yet - so they may be cutting teachers. Departments are varied - we have 2 teachers, other schools I know have 4, some just 1. It really depends on the size of the school and the profile of drama. Yes, as an English and drama specialist you'd be more employable, but it would depend on your own experience. Do you have English in your degree?

    You sound really confused at the moment. What does your gut say? What is it that you *want* to teach and what is the reason? I think any PGCE will be hard to get onto - don't assume that because you have experience you'll automatically get in at Manchester.

    *edit* forum is removing my paragraphs again!!
     

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