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Male PE specialist thinking of primary GTP 2013?!

Discussion in 'Primary' started by peggaldinho, Apr 25, 2012.

  1. peggaldinho

    peggaldinho New commenter

    I am now in my 3rd academic year
    working in primary schools and am employed by a specialist sports college to deliver PE
    for the 3 feeder primary schools, covering PPA, teaching swimming, running sports clubs/teams etc. I graduated 3 years ago with a 2:1 Sports Science ago with the ambition of becoming a secondary PE teacher, and thought this job would be a perfect stepping stone to achieve my goal. However i have enjoyed working in a primary school environment so much that i now want to make the transition to become a classroom teacher.

    In my working week I teach classes of 30+ children in KS1 and KS2 whilst class teachers are on PPA, most of the time on my own. I feel confident teaching large groups of children and feel that pupils respond to me positively and respect me as a member of staff. I thrive on the classroom duties that come with the job, such as registering the children, dismissing the children at the end of the school day, interacting with parents and making sure they adhere to the behaviour managment system that are employed by their class teachers.
    Throughout this year i have been supporting a class teacher during my spare time to get a better understanding of the numercy and literacy side of the curriculum and it has not put me off one bit!! I look forward these mornings and assisting them with their learning.
    Basically i am now 26 and feel its time to progress my career and i cant see myself doing anything else than working in a primary school.
    What i want to know is has anyone else took a similar route into primary teaching? Also how do you rate my chances of getting a place on a GTP? A PGCE is not an option (mortgage to pay for).

    Any feedback is appreciated.


  2. You sound like a good GTP candidate to me. You have experience of working with children and have also identified what you need to improve your skills, undertaking voluntary work within school. Although some people on my GTP did get on with little experience, the time I had spent in school already, even as a volunteer before being a TA, and the other activities I had run for groups of children stood me in good stead, as it should a real interest. My GTP was all about having a passion for children's learning and being reflective. I applied for a GTP and PGCE even though I didn't know how I would pay for the PGCE if I had to do it. I decided I want to qualify to teach, whatever. Luckily I got on the GTP. You have nothing to lose for applying for both. I was very up front when I was offered my PGCE place and explained my situation. They were fine and let me withdraw to accept the GTP place.
    Good luck.

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