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Returning to FE after PGCE

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by justamyyyyy, Jan 3, 2016.

  1. justamyyyyy

    justamyyyyy New commenter

    Hi all,

    Hopefully some of you out there will be able to provide some advice, guidance or reassurance.

    It's coming up to two years since I completed my FE PGCE and I am yet to secure a teaching job, mainly due to lack of jobs in the area and sector. I've been working part time in a local secondary school as a department technician, but alas, no teaching. I've assisted in workshops for sixth form taster days but that's it.

    I'm worried that if and when a job comes up I won't get invited to interview because of the gap after my PGCE. I also fear I'm losing confidence and don't have enough experience/knowledge to actually do the job well.

    Is there any advice on what I could do (if anything) to make my chances better for future applications?

    PS - no interest whatsoever in teaching primary or secondary, so supply is out. I also don't hold QTLS as I was told there isn't much need if I have no desire to teach in schools.

    Many thanks.
  2. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    I began teaching back in the days where you just needed a degree but I did a PGCE in FE which has been of very little use to me if I am honest. I would have suggested looking at doing the graduate teacher programme to get QTS but as you don't want to teach secondary there is no purpose to that.
    I guess the only advice would be to seek out post 16 teaching experience but therein lies the catch,
    What about looking at adult/mature learner courses in your local college? I'm struggling to be honest as schools I have worked in don't really see any need to FE qualifications. They expect QTS and that you will be able to teach up to A Level in a specialist subject.

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