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GTP/PGCE bias?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by wildecoyote, Nov 10, 2011.

  1. Hey Folks,
    I am 17 applications in for an NQT post with still no sight of an interview. I asked the headteacher from my previous school to have a look at my application and he said it was good. However, he did hint that there may be a bias against applications from those who trained on the GTP route like myself as opposed to those who took the PGCE. I have a wealth of experience working in schools and with young people and I turned down a place on the PGCE as I have a family and financially it would have been impossible. I was just wondering if anyone had any thoughts. Is the constant rejection making me paranoid???
  2. I just think its the way things are at the moment.
    I'm 25+ applications in for an NQT post (PGCE trained, mature, worked with children for 15yrs etc etc etc), had 2 interviews.
    So no, I don't think there a bias either way. There is a lack of jobs and lots of competition.

  3. lilykitty

    lilykitty New commenter

    I remember hearing a similar thing when I was coming to the end of my PGCE, only then it was a bias towards people who had completed a BEd.
    I don't think these things really hold up - people are far more likely to be influenced by their experience of the different courses than the courses in general. I worked with a teacher who was adamant that people completing a BEd would always be far superior to those who did a PGCE (she had done a BEd) until she got a student on a BEd course and a colleague had a student on a PGCE course. Her student drove her mad and the PGCE student was a gem!
    You will come across people with different biases, but they are as likely to prefer a GTP survivor as any other route into teaching, so don't give up!
  4. Hi
    I don't know how many applications in I am but I've had 5 (unsuccessful [​IMG]) interviews and I'm GTP trained. If anything, I've been told there is a preference for GTP because they 'can hit the ground running'.
  5. Thanks for the posts guys. I was happy with the standard of my application so I guess I was looking for a "scapegoat". Its reassuring to hear im not the only one struggling. Best of luck in your search (unless you want to be a PE teacher in the East Midlands ;-)
  6. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Just have a look back through previous posts. Do a search something like struggling to find a job. There must be hundreds of unemployed teachers, GTPs, PGCEs, NQTs who've been let go after one year, returners, etc. etc who are all struggling.

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