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Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by Ktsum, Feb 17, 2011.
Hi, How do i get on a GTP, do I just write to local schools? Is it too late?
If you find out let me know!
I wrote to more than 100 schools beginning in April 2010 to either do GTP beginning 2010 or 2011.
In return I got
3 letters back to say "no".
1 letter saying the school doesn't do GTP (even though they were listed in the TDA website)
1 phone call saying "no" and asking why I'd contacted them and where I got their information (paranoid much?)
1 phonecall in November (7 months later!!) telling me that my application was excellent - my CV strong and my letter great - but that the school had so many enquiries they favour past pupils and already had people lined up for the next 3 years!!
The other 100+ didn't respond at all.
None of them responded to my follow-up emails.
None of them responded to my follow-up phonecalls.
If the ConDems what more teachers to train through the employment based route they need some system in place which actually allows people to find oppotunities!
Sounds like to get a place for GTP at a school you need to have an existing relationship with them - perhaps employed as a TA or Cover or with an existing commitment to them.
What I can't get my head around is that the number of PGCE places has been massively cut (espec in arts subjects) this year and govt has said they want to encourage employment-based routes... yet this has come too late for GTP and won't come into effect until next year (if at all).