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Working during a part time PGCE

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by Michael42, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. I'd appreciate any advice anyone could offer on this...
    I applied for a primary PGCE for next year, had been intending to do it full time, but ended up on the part time course because that was the only one with places available (having failed to get any offer at all from anywhere else, I wasn't in a position to be choosy). So I now have two problems to solve - finding something to do in the time I'm not doing the PGCE, and funding living in London for two years instead of one; hopefully the two will have a common solution. I still have the temp job I started when I was an undergrad, but ideally I'd like to find something that actually relates to teaching.
    I have a degree in maths, A levels in maths, further maths and physics, and a bunch of GCSEs. I don't have any NVQs/GNVQs, which I've previously found usually excludes me from consideration for any TA positions. I also have a year's experience of TEFL (in Turkey and Germany), but no formal TEFL qualification. Any ideas please?
  2. fluffysparkles

    fluffysparkles New commenter

    I'd give TA / CS jobs a go anyway as you have plenty of qualifications a school could use! ( had both jobs and don't have NVQs etc either)
    Summer / after school clubs maybe? Check the council website for any youth work / engage jobs, some offer training.
    Good luck [​IMG]
  3. Thanks for the advice, Fluffy. I'm a club standard chess player and have previously done a bit of chess coaching in schools (some paid, some voluntary) so maybe there might be an opening there.
  4. Tutoring? For some agencies you'll need QTS, but for other just a degree is fine. Could be something to look into.
  5. Thanks for the suggestion.
  6. http://www.hammersmithacademy.org/staticc/vacancies.html
  7. Sillow

    Sillow Senior commenter

    I did a part-time PGCE and worked part-time at a bookshop. It was mainly weekends, which made it easier, but I did days during the week when needed. The whole thing worked very well for me and it's a route I would recommend. I had plenty of time to do everything (3 months to do first draft of major essay, then another 2 months to re-write, compared to the single 2 months to do it all from scratch the full-timers had!) as well as have a life and earn some cash.
    I would just be careful about regular weekday work, as while part-time routes tend to be more flexible with regards to the days you do your school placements, they will require you to do your summer placements on a full-time basis, ie. four or six weeks constantly. I gave up my part-time job after Easter, some weeks before my final placement, as I wanted time to prepare properly and not have any distractions during the actual teaching weeks. It was very intense, so I'm glad I did! There's no way I would have wanted to give up my whole weekend to work when all I wanted to do was relax for one day and work on school stuff the other.
    Oh, and the other plus of being able to do teaching placements in full-time blocks is for employers; I had an interview at a school and they told me my teacher-mentor had said in my reference that as I had only worked there part-time (a couple of days a week, as I hadn't done my final placement there yet) she couldn't comment on my ability to work full-time in that environment. Which meant they didn't offer me the job outright and said they needed to see me teach. Which was annoying as I knew I could do it! Fortunately, I had another interview at a different school, along with an observation, and got the job and they didn't mention the part-time thing at all!
    Good luck! I loved my PGCE and am now entering my third year as a teacher and still loving it!
  8. Thanks Sillow, this is great advice. I will definitely consider the part time option. The work I'm actually thinking of doing is part time and very flexible and I hope I can arrange it.
    would you be able to give me a brief format of the course please? The one I'm looking at starts early May, was this the same for you?
    Thanks :)
  9. Sillow

    Sillow Senior commenter

    My PGCE started in the September. The first year consisted of ten days observation during the autumn term, twenty days small groups/some whole class teaching in the spring and a four-week placement of teaching whole class in the summer. I also had a couple of H level modules to do small projects for.
    My second year followed a similar path, except I had a six-week block in the summer term. I also had an M level dissertation to write during the first two terms and an M level specialism project to complete during the spring term.

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