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Open University BSc (Hons) Mathematics and its Learning.

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by fluffyteg, Sep 30, 2015.

  1. fluffyteg

    fluffyteg New commenter

    After some advice. I am currently working (for over 15 Years) as an Electrical Engineer. I did go to university to study BEng Electrical Electronic in 1996; however I unfortunately didn't pass my final year and could not afford to resit so hence got a job. I then returned to college day release and obtained my BTEC HNC Electrical Electronic Engineering, this is my highest qualification to date.

    I have always had an interest in moving to the teaching profession hence I have obtained as few teaching/training qualifications in my spare time. C&G 7307 Teaching Adults and Further Education (superseded now I think) and recently a C&G Coaching certificate aimed at training in the workplace. Due to certain circumstances my desire to teach has been reignited and I have decided to sign up on the Open University's BSc (Hons) Mathematics and its Learning. Circumstances prevent me from leaving work to study full time so I felt the OU was the way to go.

    Is this a sensible avenue to pursue if I want to teach Maths/Science as a full time Career?
  2. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    First of all, good luck. Here are some thoughts:

    1. Speak with the OU's advisors and ask if you can get credit for your prior studies. If you can then consider setting it towards a degree, completing it and supplementing this with V14.
    2. Enjoy your studies. I don't know Q46 but I'm betting it has a lot of Paul Mason in it so when you are in the field don't assume that it is Bible. In application most educational theory has value only in people's reactions against it.
    3. Consider what you will do with your new BSc and your urge to educate if, for whatever reason, your ducks waddle off-row. This is very important.
    4. Starting now, get as much school experience under your belt as you can. Then, get some more. It's good for your C.V. but also you may discover that teaching is not what you wish to do with the rest of your working life.
    5. Do not expect ITE providers or their partner schools to show you the respect your prior experience and learning should merit. PGCE candidates are commodities not in short supply.
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  3. lizziescat

    lizziescat Star commenter

    I echo Vince's Point 4.

    Your plan to get qualified is a challenging one and will take dedication and possibly hardship. But not nearly as much as teaching.
    I know of a number of people who have given up good jobs to train and then pursue their vocation and have lasted only 6 months - 2 years. You need to be absolutely certain that the reality (rather than the idea) is what you want.
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  4. fluffyteg

    fluffyteg New commenter

    Thank you for the above advice, it is appreciated. Vince's Point 4 has been something I have been toying with but am unsure how to go about it? As I am not currently working in this sector, I am not aware of where the vacancies in which I could gain experience are advertised, or even what those vacancies/jobs could be? Any suggestions?
  5. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    You're welcome.

    Armed with your enhanced DBS clearance, just contact schools. Lots of schools.
  6. fluffyteg

    fluffyteg New commenter

    Thank you Vince, I didn't know if it was acceptable to just cold contact schools.
  7. lizziescat

    lizziescat Star commenter

    In the past my school has arranged for university leavers to spend a day in their specialist department. (This is admittedly is usually through friends of friends, past pupils etc.) But I know of at least one committed would be teacher who never went near a school again!
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  8. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    It's a brave new world, @fluffyteg. Schmooze wherever & whenever you can. You may find your OU tutors can give you some useful contacts, or even your fellow students at tutorials. Whatever placements you get, even if it's just a week you organise yourself, stay busy and if you can't stay busy then look busy. You want as many potential referees as possible.

    If you do not have one already then you may be able to obtain your enhanced DBS clearance through a local authority funded community group or charity. They will likely charge a couple of pounds on top of the DBS fee itself but it's usually better value than going through a firm.
  9. wanet

    wanet Star commenter

    Before you commit to this definetly get experience of several schools and speak to staff.

    I generally enjoyed my time as a teacher, but I would not do it now. Things have changed a great deal:
    • Job security has more or less gone.
    • Salary is generally lower now
    • Pressure is now a lot greater
  10. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter


    I intended to refer to John Mason.

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