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PGCE in FE this sept!

Discussion in 'Further Education' started by questionsandanswers, Aug 27, 2016.

  1. questionsandanswers

    questionsandanswers Occasional commenter

    Hi everyone

    I'm starting my pgce this September specialising in a childcare related subject.

    However, I have recently been informed by the course leader that teacher trainees may also be asked to deliver functional skills sessions. My tutor did mention that this would not be compulsorary as it is just my subject specialism I have applied for..however I'm not sure if it would be worthwile me doing it.

    After doing some research I understand their are likely to be some students with behavioural problems and learning difficulties. I know it might sound strange but I actually enjoy working with these types of students :)

    My only concerns are that maths is not my strong point...so how could I tell my mentor if I am asked to do it that I'm not good at maths without sounding stupid :-/ Or how could I explain that I do not wish to do it in a normal way lol, without effecting my image too much?

    For the English functional skills I wouldn't mind..but I was wondering if there was anywhere I could look to prepare if and when I am asked??

    I know I'm thinking ahead a bit ..I would rather save myself the last minute usual panic though as I am aware the pgce will be an intense year. :D
  2. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter


    You are wise to look ahead. Find out what maths topics are covered in Functional Skills at different levels and buy/borrow somembooks that give the questions and show how to work out the answers. If you look on YouTube, you may find some videos to help. I am not familiar with maths functional skills but it probablymks linked to maths skills that students need in connection with whatever course they are studying.

    All the best for September.
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  3. saluki

    saluki Lead commenter

    FS involves teaching students how to spell - (compulsory, worthwhile). Plus, homophones such as the correct use of there/their and they're. You will need to swot up on this.
    If you have a degree and GCSEs in English and Maths you should be able to teach FS quite easily. You will be expected to embed Maths and literacy into your childcare lessons anyway.
    Once you have qualified I can more or less guarantee that you will be expected to teach FS. You may even be expected to teach GCSE. The argument that you only want to teach childcare will not be accepted with welcome arms. Senior management will expect you to say 'Yes Sir. No Sir. Three bags full Sir' Learn this Now.
    I am glad you enjoy working with kids with behavioural problems. How much experience of this have you had? Do you enjoy being sworn at, verbally abused and teenage tantrums? You may change your mind once you have had a few chairs thrown at you. To be fair, childcare students are usually quite sweet; once they have stopped giggling and finished playing with their mobile phones.
    I would hope that you would be provided with resources for FS. As a minimum you should be given a scheme of work - as you should be with childcare. You will need to know which exam board you are using and visit their website for further information. I assume that you will be teaching Btec childcare and should be able to google resources quite easily.
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  4. questionsandanswers

    questionsandanswers Occasional commenter

    Thank you very much for your response.

    Thanks for letting me know that it is likely that I will have to teach FS when fully qualified. I'm trying to keep an open mind anyway.

    Regarding behavioural concerns I have a wide range of experience. I was previously volunteering in a special needs sixthform and there was voilence involved from the student,..however I look beyond that and understand that the child is provoked by something or someone in the room, or even due to the disability. I try my best to remove the problem rather than put all the blame on the child. In a mainstream setting however, the worst situation I dealt with was racisim to another student. Although these are not always plesant experiences , working with the child seeing them improve gives a good feeling , and shows that they are capable. :)

    Yes they will try and find me a college to teach a childcare related subject. I will not know the exact title until I start though.
  5. questionsandanswers

    questionsandanswers Occasional commenter

    Thank you

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