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HELP!!! Letter for GTP

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by 3615hayley, Sep 10, 2008.

  1. 3615hayley

    3615hayley New commenter


    I was wondering whether anyone might be able to help as I'm very baffled!!!

    I want to apply for a GTP course in Modern languages in the Cardiff/Swansea area and I understand I need to write to all the comprehensive schools individually to ask to be considered for the course. I'm really unsure as to how much and what content I need to put in the letter and whether I should include my c.v. also. I now I have one shot per school with these letters and really want it to be done right.

    Anyone able to help???[​IMG]

    Thank you so much

  2. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Yes, do include your cv - make sure it's no more than two sides and contains no extraneous information (heads do not need to know you are married, have children, etc).
    Your letter should explain why you want to do the GTP and why you are approaching that particular school. Now, I know you're approaching them all, but do your homework and (a) address the head properly (Dear Mrs Middlemarch or whatever) and (b) ensure you name the school.
    Draw the head's attention to some aspects of your cv, e.g. 'I have a good honours degree in French and Spanish and I know that these subjects are taught in a very effective dept at your school'; 'I have worked for the past 3 years as a merchant banker in Strasbourg but in my spare time gave English lessons to the underprivileged', gaining valuable teaching experience whilst I was perfecting my language skills...'
    That kind of thing!
    Say that you would be very happen to come into school for an interview (that's what I've always done when approached by prospective GTP students who interest me) and say you look forward to hearing from them.
  3. I don't want to throw a spanner in the works but if you sent a letter to my Head, they would pass it on to the HOD. If you weren't already known to the school in some capacity we would invite you in to spend a day or 2 in the department to get to know you. We would not hire a GTP on the basis of an interview alone. It's a big commitment for the department, we would spend a lot of time and energy in training you so we'd want to know you and your commitment first. We generally hire GTPs who are known to the school in some capacity, previous GTPs have been peripatetic music teachers, swimming instructors, schools liaison volunteers from the local uni, cover supervisors, teaching assistants, lab techs. You have more chance of being taken on if you have a prior relationship with a school so think about asking for a few days observation in the languages department of a school you're interested in. Don't just go for high achieving schools either. People are often tempted to go for these schools as they are easier behaviour wise but you need to look for somewhere you fit. When I initially thought about teaching I thought I would probably end up in a faith school, or a grammar or independent because I have a PhD and am very passionate about teaching my specialist subject at a high level. I trained in a mid league table 11-18 comp and stayed because I love it. It just goes to show that your preconceptions can be very wrong.
  4. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    So cover all your bases by also sending the letter to the HOD.
    I spoke as a headteacher who does read such letters and who HAS 'hired' GTP students in that way.
  5. But I believe it's worthwhile that the OP knows that not everyone will be prepared to hire in this way.

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