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Want to be an art teacher....what the hell do I do?

Discussion in 'Art and design' started by sooz_mac, Jun 14, 2012.

  1. Hi,

    I graduated with a BA in Fine Art in 2008 and like many other graduates, unfortunately fell into the trap of mundane jobs which did nothing to satisfy me or my career aspirations.

    I've been trying to get into teaching now for about 3 years. Unfortunately the only close university to me which offered the PGCE in art didn't accept my application so I have been trying to go down the route of doing a GTP ever since. The main problem I'm having is I cannot find any programmes for GTP art ANYWHERE! All the research I've done on the web doesn't even list art and design as a 'low-priority subject' and there are no schools that I can see, local or otherwise that offer this as a candidate.

    The main question I have is, should I just give up looking for this course? As it seems that there is either too much competition or too little demand. However, if there is hope of me being able to find somewhere to at least apply, I would really appreciate some guidance. From reading other forums about this, the whole process seems really confusing to me and I have emailed the consortium and other resources several times asking for some help, but unfortunately am yet to receive any replies.

    Any help anyone can give me would be awesome.

    Suzanne (a very frustrated and artistically withdrawn paper pusher)
  2. Bishop Grotteste College, Lincoln - GTP course is great with a fab art tutor
  3. Hi,

    Thanks for the reply. I probably should have said that I'm based in the West Midlands. Does anyone know of any schools/contacts where I could get somewhere with this? I've finally had a response from the West Midlands Consortium who inform me that they are phasing out the GTP after 2013 and their last list of course is unlikley to include art.

    So basically, there is no option left!
  4. lizziegrace

    lizziegrace New commenter

    Hi! How frustrating for you to be wanting to do something but no clear route in...!! Some digging around revealed the following (no idea how relevant or realistic but maybe somewhere to start):
    Tudor Grange Academy (Solihull) offer a "School Direct" route in - the DfE link here has the full list http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/teacher-training-options/school-based-training/school-direct/school-list
    The GTTR alleges there are still vacancies on the PGCE course at BCU...?!
  5. Lottes

    Lottes New commenter

    Contact BCU for feedback on why they did not accept you (if you haven't already had that info.) Also ask what you should do for them to consider you again next year (ask them to be honest if they think it's worth re-applying).
    Have you got plenty of experience in schools/ observation weeks?... have you worked with young people. I would get as much experience as possible. Volunteer to work as an Arts Technician or run an after school club if you can work round it. There might be a Summer scheme you could run a workshop at?
    PGCE courses are after this experience and you must be very focussed on your observation/ experience weeks. Find out as much as you can about projects, exam boards, National Curriculum, the role of the tutor, behaviour management.....

  6. Hi,

    Thank you so much for the information you gave me, no idea how you found it but I'm so glad that you did! In all honesty, although the PGCE looks like the most likely way to do it, I can't really afford it which is why the GTP looked ideal for me. Have emailed the Solihull school for more details so fingers crossed!

    Thank you once again :)

  7. darkness

    darkness New commenter

    I was going to say, with the planned reduction in overall number of PGCE places you would certainly have your work cut out. Hope you find something. Some providers have already been closed.
  8. lizziegrace

    lizziegrace New commenter

    Good advice here!! Agree completely with volunteering and contacting local schools...teaching assistant work can lead into other paths (my local primary school is taking a TA on as GTP next year purely on a personal basis as she's been so good). You have to bear in mind that the way schools are funded is changing and not everything is going to be centrally organised any more - lot's of schools are becoming much more independent or working under a consortium or academy umbrella which means they may well consider your request direct (as opposed to referring to information about the general availability of schemes in your area)? There are lots of Arts Specialist schools in the Birmingham area too so they would be a good target!
  9. Iinteresting can you add a bit more...I have to start all fron the begning and last year seemed to go over and over the same circle...And now I said enough I had been working more than 15 years as art teacher...get placement at school nearly impossible- there is constant "we call you, very interesting"
    I know that normally people would employ omebody thye know what to expect...
    So Lincoln- what can I get there...

  10. i do feel for you, but in the current circumstances you would have to be willing to move were ever you can to get into teaching art and design. The GTP will be scrapped this year replaced by another scheme, which again will be more focused on Inner city schools and new training schools with a greater enthuses on "needed" subjects, another 5 universities have closed their PGCE Art and Design courses this year because of cuts to places!! its a horrid scary outlook for new teachers of Art!! check out the NSEAD website to stay up to date with the current ITT outlook over the next year!! :D keep trying and don't fee beaten!! soon Mr Gove will have to leave and allow someone who appreciates the arts!!
  11. darkness

    darkness New commenter

    But their role is meant to be advertised regularly. Those roles now only go to unqualified until such time a qualified comes along.
  12. darkness

    darkness New commenter

    In all fairness to Mr Gove, many in the profession have said for a long time, there are just far too many being qualified, especially the arts, some providers were not very challenging or rigorous either and bordered upon sham providers.

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