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    (Original post by Steveluis10)
    Congratulations! Was it everything you expected? What is your next move going to be and what advice would you give people starting a PGCE in September?
    It was everything I expected and so much more! I'm starting my NQT job in September. My piece of advice would be; if you are doubting your ability don't think you're alone! EVERYONE thinks the same thing!
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    (Original post by Jemmylou134)
    Obviously you become more experienced at planning during the PGCE, how realistic is it to be able to plan a few days or even a week in advance?
    Everyone is pretty pants at planning at the beginning. That's to be expected! Don't worry you are eased in you can go at your own pace.
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    (Original post by StarBabyCat)
    Everyone is pretty pants at planning at the beginning. That's to be expected! Don't worry you are eased in you can go at your own pace.
    Thanks for the advice feel more confident now


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    (Original post by kpwxx)
    Hmm well I guess my best advice is, don't be too picky, you have to use what evidence you have.

    Just gather all that Childs books and work and go through each... Is there evidence of that objective?

    It is a tough one... I guess the thing is just think it needs evidence. There may be something you think that child can do but at the end of the day you need evidence of that when you're doing app, so the child may come up as a lower level than you think.

    Hopefully someone else on here can be a bit more help than me, as I am an early years person so for half of my course my assessment was entirely based on observations and there was no marking, levels etc, you just had to know your children really well!

    Xxx

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    Once again MANY thanks. We're nearly there apparently. She just has 2 more days left at the school that has caused all issues due to no support (I think it is for real as well, she just got bad luck with placement). I sound whiney and I'm not even doing the bloomin course! Good luck with all your work. G
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    We're all done or nearly done now, 3 days of placement left for me! And then we can all relax (although I'm starting the new job on July 1st!). Well done though to everyone who' made it
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    (Original post by robo donkey)
    We're all done or nearly done now, 3 days of placement left for me! And then we can all relax (although I'm starting the new job on July 1st!). Well done though to everyone who' made it
    I've got 6 days left! But 2 are not part of the final block. My final observation is on Wednesday!!!

    xxx
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    Ahhh good luck! Mine's on Tuesday, doing fun stuff this week though mainly, just to keep it exciting and fun mainly
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    2 weeks to go -_-
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    Is anyone available to talk? Having a bit of a meltdown
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    (Original post by sunfowers01)
    Is anyone available to talk? Having a bit of a meltdown
    I'm around if you want?


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    Hello everyone

    I am starting a PGCE next year. I have a couple of questions:

    Is it easy to make friends on the PGCE?
    Do you have any time for social activities like at the weekend?
    Would there be any time to join societies?

    I am trying to decide whether to move really near to where my university is - this would mean moving into a completely different part of London with completely new people.

    Otherwise live with a friend where I have been living for the past 4 years but this is a 45 minute commute. Is that going to be too much? I have just been through a big break up and I am craving the familiarity if my old flat. However I also really want to get out there and meet new people and I am worried living far away would hinder that. It is fairly easy to get back though, even late at night. Can anyone advise me?
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    (Original post by flatmatesneeded12)
    Hello everyone

    I am starting a PGCE next year. I have a couple of questions:

    Is it easy to make friends on the PGCE?
    Do you have any time for social activities like at the weekend?
    Would there be any time to join societies?

    I am trying to decide whether to move really near to where my university is - this would mean moving into a completely different part of London with completely new people.

    Otherwise live with a friend where I have been living for the past 4 years but this is a 45 minute commute. Is that going to be too much? I have just been through a big break up and I am craving the familiarity if my old flat. However I also really want to get out there and meet new people and I am worried living far away would hinder that. It is fairly easy to get back though, even late at night. Can anyone advise me?
    1) Yes - we were mostly very close as a subject group, we had a facebook group for our course and were in touch most days. During uni weeks we obviously spent all day together, went for coffee together in our breaks and often went to the pub at the end of the day. I live about 30 miles away from the university and my placements were near where I live, so I didn't see people during placements other than if we went out for someone's birthday. But I know people who lived near each other/near the university still did meet up at weekends.

    2) During uni weeks you have free time pretty much all the time - you might get the odd piece of work/reading to do but you'll have free time every evening once you've done it, and all weekend. Make the most of it!
    On placement it's still possible to have a bit of time for social activities, just not loads. Personally I always worked most of the evening Monday-Thursday (sometimes just a few hours then I could take a break, sometimes til pretty late). I always took Friday night off work and just relaxed, made dinner or got a takeaway, spent time with my boyfriend and had a few glasses of wine, or occasionally went out with friends. On Saturdays I spent the morning working (planning lessons for Monday) but went to my dance classes all afternoon on then took the evening off (to socialise with friends or relax at home), then worked all day Sunday.

    3) I wouldn't bother joining societies personally, but some of my coursemates (who had moved to the city from further away so didn't know anyone) did. They went to a few socials or activities in October/November then stopped once placements kicked in and I don't think they bothered going back.

    Regarding whether to move or stay in your current flat, I had a 45 minute commute (minimum - usually an hour in rush hour) to uni and it wasn't a problem. The university took geography into consideration when organising placements (I know this isn't guaranteed but basically it made more sense for me to have the placements I had, as it would have been a long commute for anyone else and impossible for someone without a car) so my schools were 30 minutes and 15 minutes away.

    Personally, I'd stay where you are. It's not that far - you might be lucky with placements and if you're not, remember you could have been equally unlucky even if you'd moved. Having friends around and good support is really important if you're having a hard time, much better than sharing a house with strangers. And you can still make friends with people on your course, just maybe not see them as often as you would if you'd moved.

    Good luck!
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    (Original post by myrtille)
    1) Yes - we were mostly very close as a subject group, we had a facebook group for our course and were in touch most days. During uni weeks we obviously spent all day together, went for coffee together in our breaks and often went to the pub at the end of the day. I live about 30 miles away from the university and my placements were near where I live, so I didn't see people during placements other than if we went out for someone's birthday. But I know people who lived near each other/near the university still did meet up at weekends.

    2) During uni weeks you have free time pretty much all the time - you might get the odd piece of work/reading to do but you'll have free time every evening once you've done it, and all weekend. Make the most of it!
    On placement it's still possible to have a bit of time for social activities, just not loads. Personally I always worked most of the evening Monday-Thursday (sometimes just a few hours then I could take a break, sometimes til pretty late). I always took Friday night off work and just relaxed, made dinner or got a takeaway, spent time with my boyfriend and had a few glasses of wine, or occasionally went out with friends. On Saturdays I spent the morning working (planning lessons for Monday) but went to my dance classes all afternoon on then took the evening off (to socialise with friends or relax at home), then worked all day Sunday.

    3) I wouldn't bother joining societies personally, but some of my coursemates (who had moved to the city from further away so didn't know anyone) did. They went to a few socials or activities in October/November then stopped once placements kicked in and I don't think they bothered going back.

    Regarding whether to move or stay in your current flat, I had a 45 minute commute (minimum - usually an hour in rush hour) to uni and it wasn't a problem. The university took geography into consideration when organising placements (I know this isn't guaranteed but basically it made more sense for me to have the placements I had, as it would have been a long commute for anyone else and impossible for someone without a car) so my schools were 30 minutes and 15 minutes away.

    Personally, I'd stay where you are. It's not that far - you might be lucky with placements and if you're not, remember you could have been equally unlucky even if you'd moved. Having friends around and good support is really important if you're having a hard time, much better than sharing a house with strangers. And you can still make friends with people on your course, just maybe not see them as often as you would if you'd moved.

    Good luck!
    Thank you! That was a really helpful answer

    I think I am going to stay where I am. Just need to double check with my flatmate that that's ok!
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    (Original post by flatmatesneeded12)
    Thank you! That was a really helpful answer

    I think I am going to stay where I am. Just need to double check with my flatmate that that's ok!
    I agree with all of what myrtille said!

    I don't think I could have gotten through this year without the support of my new friends on the course. They are so great and it's brilliant to have someone going through the same to talk to, as well as to help with ideas for teaching!

    I have managed to still see old friends every now and then and do stuff for me. It's been tiring, busy, and I've socialised a lot less, but still get time for me I freaked out reading this thread beforehand but it's really not that bad, certainly it's doable otherwise so many people wouldn't do it every year!

    And so rewarding. I had my final observation yesterday and I got outstanding for my overall PGCE, so I am really really chuffed!!! And so happy that I can relax now for a bit lol! (apart from finding a job)

    xxx
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    (Original post by kpwxx)

    And so rewarding. I had my final observation yesterday and I got outstanding for my overall PGCE, so I am really really chuffed!!! And so happy that I can relax now for a bit lol! (apart from finding a job)

    xxx
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    (Original post by sunfowers01)
    Congratulations
    Thanks! I just can't quite believe it's over. Really hope I get a job though, there just seems to be nothing coming up any more and I was hoping for a late rush... and I keep reading about people having to work in coffee shops and stuff as they can't find a job!

    But I'm just focussing on right now really, and how happy I am and how far I've come, the only thing I'm trying to think about is how I can continue learning in the future, and a job will happen when it happens!

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    Did you deliberately leave it so late to find something job-wise? Congratulations!
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    I have a whole day off. Guess I best make the most of it. So tired of everything though.
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    (Original post by StarBabyCat)
    Did you deliberately leave it so late to find something job-wise? Congratulations!
    No, I have been looking, just haven't had any luck. Although I am limited by transport and haven't been going for EVERY job.

    Xxx

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    Had the worst lesson today and its put me in a foul mood. Only got 6 lessons til I finish placement and my tutor is coming to observe my next one.

    Sorry no point to this post, just wanted a moan! Have most of you guys finished now then? Xx


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