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GTP approaching schools

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by donna23, Feb 4, 2012.

  1. I have applied for a GTP post in my local area and have managed to pass the first stage (the TDA personal statement etc) and now have to approach the 12 primary schools taking part. I have e-mailed my interest and have heard back from most but they all seem to have different requirements! A few have asked me to visit before doing anything else, a few want me to visit and write a letter saying why I have picked their school and what I have to offer and a few want me to write a letter saying why I want to teach (what I put in the TDA application), what I know about the school and what I can offer all BEFORE visiting.

    Has anyone any advice for what to put in these letters, specifically the ones who won't let me visit first (surely they realise most people will simply look at the website and Ofsted reports).

    Also, any tips for what to wear to visits would be great - was thinking smart trousers and top, maybe something with colour!! I figure it would be best to save the suit for if I manage to get an interview.
  2. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    You should be pleased that you gained such a strong response as GTP is highly competititve. They are all asking logical questions - as an employer I want to know that you have looked into this and reached decisions about why you want to teach and particularly why a particular school. The internet is full of resources to allow you to research and read the Ofsted reports on the schools to gain a clearer understanding of their particular strengths and characteristics.
    Visit the school in smart clothes and use the opportunity to find out more about the GTP and what goes on in the classroom . You will find that many applicants have direct classroom experience and some have been working as TA's in the schools prior to applying for GTP
  3. Thanks - I am currently a TA myself, but not at any of the schools taking part. I finished my degree (not curriculum linked) 10 years ago and had a different career path in mind for a while but have found this is something I really want to do. Everyone at the visits today are very recent or soon to be graduates most of which education related courses so I am not feeling too confident.
  4. I don't think it matters what your degree is/was in. I was working as a Cover Supervisor and then a TA whilst studying for my degree. I took a Humanities and Literature degree and then applied for GTP. I was lucky though, I applied in conjunstion with the school I was working at. Best to use your experience. i also used the fact I had done my degree with OU whilst working to show I was driven and highly motivated towards my goal.

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