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potential teacher, advice needed please

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by limarde, Sep 3, 2011.

  1. I have wanted to teach at secondary level for quite some time,
    however during my degree I became quite ill and subsequently failed a
    year. I had to take a year out due to medical reasons. I began my final
    year well gaining a 1st and 2:1 in my first semester modules and was
    doing some volunteer work, tutoring and had signed up to the university
    placement scheme to begin in the second semester. Unfortunately I became
    ill again and subsequently missed the placement scheme and some exams
    which resulted in me gaining only an ordinary degree.
    I would
    still love to teach but am unsure of how much of a chance I stand
    regarding getting a GTP or PGCE place. I am also unsure of which subject
    to concentrate on as my degree was in English with French. I initially
    thought English, however have been advised that it would be better to
    concentrate on FML although I thought you needed two languages and I
    only have A level German, not degree level.
    If anyone could give me some advice I would be very grateful,
    Many Thanks.
     
  2. I have wanted to teach at secondary level for quite some time,
    however during my degree I became quite ill and subsequently failed a
    year. I had to take a year out due to medical reasons. I began my final
    year well gaining a 1st and 2:1 in my first semester modules and was
    doing some volunteer work, tutoring and had signed up to the university
    placement scheme to begin in the second semester. Unfortunately I became
    ill again and subsequently missed the placement scheme and some exams
    which resulted in me gaining only an ordinary degree.
    I would
    still love to teach but am unsure of how much of a chance I stand
    regarding getting a GTP or PGCE place. I am also unsure of which subject
    to concentrate on as my degree was in English with French. I initially
    thought English, however have been advised that it would be better to
    concentrate on FML although I thought you needed two languages and I
    only have A level German, not degree level.
    If anyone could give me some advice I would be very grateful,
    Many Thanks.
     
  3. ianj6

    ianj6 New commenter

    Hi Limarde,
    Sorry to hear about your illnesses. If you haven't got a good degree, then it may be challenging to find a placement either PGCE or GTP at the moment, (that said, I haven't used the word impossible).
    However, from what you've said, my feeling is that it may well be worth your while working as an LSA for a year or 2 to show your commitment to the profession. It will also get you a good attendance record and a good reference, both of which are critical at the moment in securing posts. There are a lot of people who come out of uni, can't find a "proper" job at graduate level and see teaching as a "soft" option, this is one of the reasons our attrition rate of new teachers is so high. A bit of experience, will mark you out from the crowd. We recently had a very good LSA who took the route described, has gone off for PGCE, and I know we would be absolutely delighted should he decide to apply for a post at the end of his PGCE, because we know he is absolutely committed to the children and a great worker.

    Best of luck

    Ian
     

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