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What to do in summer?

Discussion in 'Computing and ICT' started by evilpixie, Apr 26, 2011.

  1. I'm currently on PGCE but finish at the end of June.
    I don't have a job yet but hope to soon!
    My last bursary is in June and I can't afford to go without money until I start working so suggestions?
    I have been accepted as an OCR accessor but not heard anything since (should I have?)
    Is it possible to get supply TA work for the last 2-3 wks of term?
    any other suggestions appreciated

  2. tonyuk

    tonyuk Occasional commenter

    I would have thought that as an accessor you would have heard something by now as most teams are put together by this point and training carried out.
    TA work for teh last 2-3 weeks I would have thought is unlikely as schools are winding down and money is tight.
    Depends on where you are in teh UK but it may be that a school would take you on before teh Summer and pay you over it if tehy are desperate for a teacher!
  3. gavcradd

    gavcradd New commenter

    I remember it well - the gap between the PGCE bursary finishing and the first month's salary at the end of September coming seemed like a lifetime. I used my credit card and lived like a hermit for 3 months to survive, I don't fancy doing that again. A few of my PGCE colleagues signed on although I was never sure if that was strictly legal or moral.
    I doubt you'll get any assessment work now, I mark exam papers for one of the boards and I was appointed about February time, you never know though?
  4. jweb2k

    jweb2k New commenter

    Hmmm, summer jobs - handing out newspapers, night shifts, office work.

    You're basically back to being a 16 year old wanting a summer job and have to sell yourself to employers - take any job you can!!
  5. I went on the dole for a couple of months and nobody questioned it. Well I had been paying into the system for 13 years so I figured I deserved it. Besides, if you haven't got a job then you are genuinely unemployed so why not do it while you are trying to find employment?
  6. Assuming you're applying for a job teaching ICT, you could always see if they need a hand over the summer with general IT work. Even if it's just lugging workstations around for basic wage for three months it should tide you over and you'd get to know the school.
  7. MM I'd feel guilty at applying for the dole although teachers at my 1st placement told me to in order to "get over" the PGCE!
    Dhicks I like that idea!
    Just need to get a job 1st mind!
    Thanks guys
  8. "I have been accepted as an OCR accessor"

    with no teaching experience - surely even OCR wouldn't be so irresponsible as to employ people with zero teaching experience .....
  9. Or someone who doesn't even know the difference between 'accessor' and 'assessor'. So, son. You reckon you'll be good enough to 'access' work, do you?
  10. colwynexile

    colwynexile Occasional commenter

    1. it's OCR - of course they'd employ a non-specialist to mark work. Our first assessor was a buisness studies teacher who was ok, but followed the scheme. Our new assessor IS an ICT teacher, and we're having to raise our game to convince her the grades we give are appropriate (no complaints, good in fact to be challenged when we were getting complacent)
    2. pixie - I'm guessing probably a girl (though other cruel members of my dept call me the tidy fairy - just cause I don't sit amongst piles of papers)
    3. if you haven't got a job by now you need to be getting on your bike and dropping cvs and making visits to ALL your local schools. As an NQT you'll be cheap to employ, but times are hard with redundancies being made in some areas. You do need to sell yourself hard.
  11. Oh dear the problem with spending hours of writing an Access Scheme of Work and lesson plans is that your fingers automatically go to acc instead of ass! What a silly schoolboy error. I am so very sorry *hangs head in shame*

    Yes I am a girl, Yes I am qualifying as an ICT teacher with 12 yrs of industry experience and a computing degree I think I should be OK marking OCR ICT papers thank you.
    I've had 2 interviews so far and the last one said I was only not offered the job because my lesson was less interactive. They could give me no advice on changing my application, lesson, planning or interview *grrr*. I also have sent of 3 applications over Easter so I hope to be employeed soon!
  12. colwynexile

    colwynexile Occasional commenter

    Less interactive? Did you fail to turn on the computers? What did these people want as far as an interactive lesson goes as they couldn't give any advice on what you need to do to change what you did, in spite the fact it wasn't good enough (ohh my brain is leaking)
  13. I suspect it was that I am female.
    6 interviews and I was the only girl
    Tough area, school only just out of special meassures too.
    Still 3 in the pipeline and 2 of them use my uni for PGCE students so fingers crossed
  14. Being a girl is an advantage.

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