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PGDE Primary vs Secondary workload

Discussion in 'Scotland - prospective teachers' started by Edi02, Feb 27, 2016.

  1. Edi02

    Edi02 New commenter

    From what I've been hearing the workload between these students on placements is vast. Secondary PGDE's are complaining they are expected to create 13+ lessons a week; along with teaching material; resources etc. Whereas, Primary PGDE are only doing a few lessons a week, and most of the time spent supporting the class teacher. Is the PGDE/PGCE Primary really a much easier choice?. Anyone any experience to shed some light on this?.
  2. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    It probably varies between schools and universities. I haven't heard of such a clear cut difference.
  3. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

    I'm not in Scotland so there may well be a difference, but I have a PGCE student in my class ( primary) at the moment. She teaches English and Maths four days ( so 8 lessons) double science, 2 geography lessons a week, RE, two PE lessons a week, four guided reading sessions and a separate grammar/spelling session. She writes her own lesson plans and creates her own resources. This is her second placement and I would say she is pretty busy!
  4. Mazod

    Mazod Occasional commenter

    The primary PGDE course has a much heavier class timetable for the times when you are at university as they have such a wide range of subjects. However, I really don't think the placements are any different in terms of workload (ie both very heavy). My cousin did the primary PGDE at the same time as I did the secondary one (same uni) and our placement experiences were very similar in terms of workload and expectations.

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