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Teacher training for Secondary Maths Schools direct

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by yrduohc, Mar 4, 2020.

  1. yrduohc

    yrduohc New commenter

    I chose to do school directs, as I’d prefer something more hands on. Any tips? Would you rather commute nearly an hour just for a good school or go somewhere closer, not knowing how they’d be in terms of management? Also as a PGCE student what do I need to take with me in my bag etc laptop? etc
    Would you rather take public transport or drive?
    Yet to graduate in summer :)
  2. MrMedia

    MrMedia Star commenter

    Be aware that school direct is a misnomer. We offer school direct and it is identical to the PGCE route. School direct can be QTS only or full PGCE.

    In addition, all courses, by law, must offer a minimum of 120 days in two schools. There is no such thing as 'hands on'. The mentors are the same both for SD and core, the schools are the same, the only difference is that with some PGCEs (SD and Core) you get more input on the PGCE element - an award which gives you enhanced employability across the world.

    Do have your own laptop, that’s essential. Don’t take public transport unless you really have to or you are in a city with a very good transport hub.

    There aren’t enough maths teachers and many schools have to employ non subject specialists, unqualified teachers and agency teachers to fill the gaps. It can be quite chaotic. We need more like you coming into the profession.
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  3. VeronicAmb

    VeronicAmb Occasional commenter

    I would pick the school that I felt comfortable in and if there's a strong support network. It may be good for its pupils but what about its staff? Are they stressed? Is there a toxic environment just to make that school "good" or "outstanding"?

    Personally for any job and especially teaching, commuting one hour will weigh heavy on your soul after a term or two. It's tiring and if one hour is normal, consider time added with rush hour traffic in the morning and evening. That's possibly 3 hours of commuting on a daily basis. Can you deal with that? Also consider how close/far your uni will be form where you live AND the schools you'll be placed in.

    I'd get as much experience in the school beforehand and speak to other teachers (in and outside of your dept). Whatever equipment you need, you'll find out. Of course you'd need a personal laptop for all your uni assignments and stuff. But you'll have your own account on the school's system which you'll either be given a laptop or have a desktop in the classroom.

    I wouldn't use public transport unless you had to. But taking those books home with you can become irksome on public transport. I wouldn't do it. Never done it. Never would do it. Public transport in this country is dire.

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