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In a tricky situation

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by Teacher_Jen, Jun 12, 2012.

  1. I have been offered a place on aSCITT course and due to start in september, however I had to re-take my GCSE Maths in order to gain an unconditional place. I took my first (non-calculator) exam yesterday and to be totally honest, I don't think it went that well at all. Not because of my lack of revision, I have been doing past papers/teaching myself pretty much for the last 8 montsh or so - have also been getting 80% and above on past papers.
    I have the calculator paper tomorrow but i'm very disheartened and have a feeling I won't be on the course in september due to my grade, do you think they would make an exception? as long as I did another exam asap? Or not at all?
  2. sparkleshine

    sparkleshine New commenter

    I would suggest contacting your provider - but given that a C or above is a legal requirement to teach, I very much doubt they would make an exception. However, it doesn't mean all is lost yet. You sound well prepared to me so I'd be amazed if you didn't at least get a C. There's still the calculator paper to go and I doubt you did quite that badly in the non-calculator one. I hope you end up being pleasantly surprised.
    Very best of luck with it.
  3. I'm afraid that the SCITT has no wriggle room here. The law states that you must have GCSE or equivalent maths and English grade C or above (also science if doing primary) and they cannot make exceptions. So if you do not pass the maths then they have no option but to refuse the place.
    The Sage
  4. I'm so heartbroken.
    This has been everything I've wanted to do and after getting a place I felt so lucky.
    My English gcse was A A for lang & lit and i have a C in science. It seems the only thing holding me back is this stupid maths result.
    My whole life and future rests on it but I never 'got' maths and i still really don't but i know the basics and more advanced stuff too, when it comes to the exam I always muck up. Equations of graphs & inequalities etc always throw me
  5. inarnia

    inarnia New commenter

    Don't be disheartened! The non-calculator paper is always the more difficult and it is always the way after an important exam that you only remember what went wrong. Think of all the questions you didn't have problems with - all those are marks adding up towards your C. Even on the questions which went wrong, you'll still have got marks for your working out and for anything along the right lines.

    Just keep calm for your calculator paper and keep remembering the good practice marks you got and you can do it!
  6. sparkleshine

    sparkleshine New commenter

    I echo what the previous poster said - just try your best to obtain as many marks as possible on the calculator paper and don't let nerves get the better of you. Remember that to be a primary teacher you will need to have a good grasp of maths, so, assuming you get the result that you want, concentrate on studying maths as hard as you can before you start the course. I'm not saying this to be harsh, I'm saying it because I have the same problem - I got my C at GCSE but poor maths teachers at school destroyed my confidence in maths and so I believed that I couldn't do it. My knowledge was patchy and as I'm starting on a Primary PGCE course this September I have been working really hard on my maths. Working through CGP revision books for KS3/GCSE has been a really help and has renewed my confidence that I can do it - and trust me, I was really duff at maths. If I can do it you can, Teacher_Jen!
    I know that I owe it to the children to be the best teacher I can be and even though I'm an early years specialist I may have to teach any class, including top-set year 6 for which excellent mathematical knowledge is required. You will also need to pass the QTS Numeracy test before you can qualify as a teacher so it would be a good idea to be proficient in maths by the time you start the course in September. As you are beginning a SCITT course you will also have precious little time to brush up on your subject knowledge when you spend nearly all of your time in the classroom. The positive aspect of this is that you will be able to empathise with the children who struggle with maths and help them to overcome their fears just like you - that's what I tell myself, anyway.
    Wishing you the best of luck - believe in yourself and I hope that you will get the grade that you need.
  7. Yes I think you can!
  8. This is exactly what I said after my PGCE interview! I thought it went horrendously for so many reasons. Cried. On the train home! Googled other career ideas and even considered how I could apply for primary! Then when I heard government cut the number of places in half for my subject I was convinced I wouldn't get on. But by some miracle I did! So... Don't panic. Hopefully you will be wrong like me! I know it's easier said than done but thought would be good to say you always think stressful things like exams go worse than they actually do. Good luck :)

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