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Would it reflect badly on me if I took a year out inbetween my PGCE and NQT year?

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by sannyr1985, Feb 13, 2011.

  1. Hi all,

    I'm doing a PGCE at the moment, I've been really grateful for the resources section, there's some great stuff on there!! Anyway, re my thread topic - I finished an MSc last year, had a one week break before starting a Science PGCE. Right now, I am mentally and physically exhausted. I've never looked forward to a half-term holiday as much in my life!

    Some of my friends are already applying for jobs but for me, at the moment, I've only just about got my head around this teaching malarkey. The idea of going into the workplace next year is almost unthinkable! Therefore, I was thinking of disappearing for a year and seeing the world. I could save up a bit from the teaching bursaries to fund it all, so that would be ok and I could also do some of the masters credits (ie an essay) that would work towards the MA in education that everyone on my course is already entered onto.

    However, would it reflect pretty badly on me for 'not bothering' to do the NQT year straight after my PGCE? In these times of cuts and redundancies, is it not a better idea to try and find myself a job before there are none left?!

    Thanks in advance for any advice!
  2. DM

    DM New commenter

    If you are a chemist or a physicist, take your gap year. If you are a biologist, you might want to get straight into the workplace.
  3. tubidium

    tubidium New commenter

    As an employer I wouldn't look favourably on an interview candidate who took a year out between PGCE and working - it doesn't look right regardless of specialism - It looks like a lack of commitment.
    Although I sympathise (I was the same when I trained) you ned to get on the wagon and stay there - this profession needs you to be in the classroom all the time. My worry is that you would have 'forgotten' how to teach...
    I hope you all the best in applying. Not wanting to put you off but take the work you have done this year and at minimum double it for the amount of work you need to do in the job....
  4. You need to reinforce that teaching if you've done a PGCE, otherwise you'll forget what you have learnt. BEd courses not so much of a problem as the teaching practices are spread out far more.
    Also, morally doesn't the government still splash the cash for PGCEs? I'd hope the cash wouldn't be wasted.
    In terms of prefessionality it would suggest a certain lack of commitment to future employers - and don't forget, if you take a post from September you'll have that lovely teacher's summer holiday (filled with a lot less work than you need to do for a PGCE course).
  5. mine wasn't but that was 8 years ago. Some schools expect full lesson plans in advance but the aim is to whittle down what you do to the essentials to allow you to function and have a life - this is a job, not your whole life!

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