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Thinking of applying for GTP 2013?!?

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by peggaldinho, May 8, 2012.

  1. peggaldinho

    peggaldinho New commenter

    Hi,
    I am now in my 3rd academic year
    working in primary schools and am employed by a specialist sports
    college to deliver PE
    for the 3 feeder primary schools, covering PPA, teaching swimming,
    running sports clubs/teams etc. I graduated 3 years ago with a 2:1
    Sports Science ago with the ambition of becoming a secondary PE teacher,
    and thought this job would be a perfect stepping stone to achieve my
    goal. However i have enjoyed working in a primary school environment so
    much that i now want to make the transition to become a classroom
    teacher.

    In my working week I teach classes of 30+ children in
    KS1 and KS2 whilst class teachers are on PPA, most of the time on my
    own. I feel confident teaching large groups of children and feel that
    pupils respond to me positively and respect me as a member of staff. I
    thrive on the classroom duties that come with the job, such as
    registering the children, dismissing the children at the end of the
    school day, interacting with parents and making sure they adhere to the
    behaviour managment system that are employed by their class teachers.
    Throughout
    this year i have been supporting a class teacher during my spare time
    to get a better understanding of the numercy and literacy side of the
    curriculum and it has not put me off one bit!! I look forward these
    mornings and assisting them with their learning.
    Basically i am
    now 26 and feel its time to progress my career and i cant see myself
    doing anything else than working in a primary school.
    What i want
    to know is has anyone else took a similar route into primary teaching?
    Also how do you rate my chances of getting a place on a GTP? A PGCE is
    not an option (mortgage to pay for).

    Any feedback is appreciated.

    Matt
     
  2. peggaldinho

    peggaldinho New commenter

    Hi,
    I am now in my 3rd academic year
    working in primary schools and am employed by a specialist sports
    college to deliver PE
    for the 3 feeder primary schools, covering PPA, teaching swimming,
    running sports clubs/teams etc. I graduated 3 years ago with a 2:1
    Sports Science ago with the ambition of becoming a secondary PE teacher,
    and thought this job would be a perfect stepping stone to achieve my
    goal. However i have enjoyed working in a primary school environment so
    much that i now want to make the transition to become a classroom
    teacher.

    In my working week I teach classes of 30+ children in
    KS1 and KS2 whilst class teachers are on PPA, most of the time on my
    own. I feel confident teaching large groups of children and feel that
    pupils respond to me positively and respect me as a member of staff. I
    thrive on the classroom duties that come with the job, such as
    registering the children, dismissing the children at the end of the
    school day, interacting with parents and making sure they adhere to the
    behaviour managment system that are employed by their class teachers.
    Throughout
    this year i have been supporting a class teacher during my spare time
    to get a better understanding of the numercy and literacy side of the
    curriculum and it has not put me off one bit!! I look forward these
    mornings and assisting them with their learning.
    Basically i am
    now 26 and feel its time to progress my career and i cant see myself
    doing anything else than working in a primary school.
    What i want
    to know is has anyone else took a similar route into primary teaching?
    Also how do you rate my chances of getting a place on a GTP? A PGCE is
    not an option (mortgage to pay for).

    Any feedback is appreciated.

    Matt
     
  3. I am also in my third academic year of school life but as a Cover Supervisor in a Secondary School. I applied for my GTP in February and have been offered a place to start in September.
    When I was applying they wanted experience and you seem to have valuable experience both inside and outside the classroom. They also looked for knowledge of how a school works which again you seem to have.
    As long as you try to reflect on how much you already know in your personal statement you should be fine. I think that they providers look for people with the basic knowledge so that the training time is not wasted on the fundamentals.
    Your experience is mainly what they look for and the more you have done and the more you feel confident with is always going to benefit you. If you do feel that you are lacking in some subject knowledge then offer to take a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course before the GTP course begins. However, if you are applying for next year, you already have an extra 12 months to gain as much knowledge as possible.
    Good Luck but by the sounds of it you will be fine!
    Clare
     

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