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Schools direct resit

Discussion in 'Welcome lounge and forum help' started by ha_27, May 26, 2019.

  1. ha_27

    ha_27 New commenter


    I have just recently been told to leave my schools directly teacher training. I have to resit my block B placement next year. I have a few options:

    i can take a 12 month interuption of studies, resit block B this coming september-december, resit block B in Jan-March term, do the assignments and get PCE or withdraw from the course completely.

    My subject is PE and unfortunately i was kicked off the course for not showing enough subject knowledge. Even though the focus of my lesson was bowling technique, trajectory and applying the skill in a game the observer said that i did not shout for a no ball when i got each of the pupils into a game.

    I was on a cause for concern as well and i did not receive much help from mentors or other teachers in the department. My mentor didn't even sign my folder for 16 weeks during September to December. I spoke out about this and i was then treated differently.

    One of my assignments was also graded 46 percent. I sat down with one of the moderators and i changed the essay with them present. I was still not given a 50 percent pass. I was graded 48 percent upon my resubmission.

    The school i was placed at had a really high turnover of staff which was unusual.

    I need some advice on what to do next as i am really down and upset from tge outcome. I am considering taking an interuption of studies for 12 months and finding a school so that i can get into an assessment only route. However this may be difficult because finding a school and getting paid to be an unqualified member of staff is a big ask. I do not want to waste time though.

    Any advice guys?
  2. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    no advise, just writing to wish you all the best, don't be downhearted.
    Lalad likes this.
  3. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    WOW! You have had a tough time of it.

    To be honest, if you are just below scraping a pass on a resubmitted essay, after working with a moderator, then you are unlikely to pass the theory part of your course.
    A cause for concern is a serious problem and going on to not showing subject knowledge in what, I assume, was cricket, a mainstream sport, is a worry.

    Can you talk to your tutors about what they'd recommend?
    If you were to resit, will you pass?

    PE teachers are not in short supply, so finding a school that wants an unqualified one will be tricky.

    Good luck whatever you decide to do.
  4. hashhash

    hashhash New commenter

    As above, don't be disheartened. Can you not try for QTS only? Do you have to do the school direct route only? Could you not do PGCE through a university?

    I have just qualified as a secondary English teacher but only after a difficult main placement school placed me as a cause for concern and the university moved me to my third school. Like yourself, my mentor and ITTCo were not concerned about my progress. I had several issues with my mentor, which only started to get resolved once I complained to the University. Having been moved to a new school, I flourished, and in 4 weeks, went from cause for concern to secure level 2 across all standards - my new mentor and HoD said after my third lesson of teaching that they could not understand why I needed additional support.

    Mentors can make or break you. I didn't look for jobs whilst I was in my main placement because the mentor and ITTCo kept telling me I was going to fail. I know other trainees in other subjects at my main placement school left because of the terrible times they had with thier mentors - the school staff themselves were not kind people. Don't let a few number of ignorant people put you off.

    I wouldn't let this awful experience put you off from being a teacher. There are other alternatives - look for a University based route - yes you do have to pay almost £10,000 but most take out student loans and the repayments are minimal (at the moment) but its worth it for the QTS. I am glad I took the University route - they supported me through my difficult relationship with my mentor.

    Again, speak to your tutors and if you want to continue in teaching think about QTS route only. Or primary school kids at KS2?

    All the best and don't give up.
  5. ha_27

    ha_27 New commenter

    Trying for QTS only is very difficult with a subject such as PE and very unlikely. I have been to two PGCE interviews and i have been unsuccessful. I taught a group of pgce students badminton but the university considered me to be "overpowering", and i didn't assess them during my twenty minute lesson that i was suppose to teach. At the second university they negotiated my application for a fortnight but they told me they couldn't accept me.

    I have also been on several cover supervisor interviews. At one of the interviews a friend of mine who worked at the school told me that the candidate had already been selected weeks before the day i was interviewed. At another school the headteacher said my reference stated that my attendance was satisfactory.

    I am now getting in touch with teaching agencies because i have had enough with applying directly to schools as i find that its either an inside job or they are waiting for Piage or Brofenbrenner to pop in through the door.
  6. ha_27

    ha_27 New commenter

    I also withdrew from my resit for my schools direct course because they demanded £1125 from me. they also told me that I had to do a new evidence folder, all of the assignments and also a Block B placement all over again. ​

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