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Primary PGCE Extended Subject Study

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by chwilding, Feb 12, 2011.

  1. Hello,
    I've got an interview in a couple of weeks for
    Worcester Uni primary PGCE. I'm a little worried about the Extended
    Subject Study part of the interview prep. My degree is in Psychology
    which isn't one of the subjects on the list, however, I've done a Maths A
    level so I'm going to use that. I'm just unsure how to go about writing
    the short statement about my 'experience and expertise' and whether I
    just need to write about the importance of mathematics in a childs
    Any help would be much appreciated!!
  2. Extended subject study probably refers to specialism you do on most primary courses. The emphasis here is to give you a further string to your bow when it comes to applying for a job - an expertise that will be useful to your school possibly as a future subject leader or co-ordinator. Maths woud be a good subject to choose, as all schools put emphasis on core subjects, and since the majority of primary teachers come from art and humanities background, a Maths specialist will be in demand.
    What you need to emphasise in your statement is your love for the subject - about your A level, and any Maths content of your degree and how you've been able to use it in your school experience and other contexts working with children. Just amplify on why you think Maths is important in primary curriculum, what distinct contributions you can make in your future career, such as becoming a subject leader, doing a Maths club, how you can motivate the whole school to improve on numeracy and how you can make learning Maths fun. Keep it reasonably brief, and concentrate on your own experience and achievement, if any.
  3. Thank you very much! That's a great help :)
  4. Hi!
    I also have an interview in two weeks time for Worcester PGCE. How did yours go?
    Is there any help/advice on what the interview was like, how the day went, etc?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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