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Some advice needed about the PGCE 5-11

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by fwrench, Sep 10, 2011.

  1. Hi! I have just started my PGCE in primary education and am finding that I am more and more swayed towards the foundation/early years levels. I was just wondering if any knew if you could potentially work in the foundation stage in the future with a 5-11 primary PGCE. The course doesn't concentrate on this particular stage in any great depth so I am concerned that I will not get the training I would need. I would obviously ask my tutor, but it is very late on a Friday night and wondered if anyone was up at this ungoddly hour to assist me..... Thank you in advance :eek:)
  2. Once you gain QTS you can legally work with any age group - it is just a matter of gaining some experience and convincing a Headteacher that you can do the job.
  3. Kartoshka

    Kartoshka Established commenter

    It may be difficult to get an NQT position in Foundation Stage as you won't have experience working with the very little ones, but it would certainly be possible at some point in the future. One option would be to work in KS1 and then ask to move down to FS within the same school - teachers often move around different year groups within a school, and as long as the headteacher is confident in your teaching ability he/she won't mind which phase you trained for. While you're doing your PGCE, though, you could try and gain experience in FS by spending time observing/helping out there during your placements. Of course you'll be based in a KS1 or KS2 class but most schools will be happy for you to visit other classes as well every now and then, especially in your first and second placements. If you're proactive and ask to go to FS for a morning/afternoon/day then it should be easy to arrange. Even little bits of experience could help if you decide to apply for an FS post as an NQT.

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