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    (Original post by Esmeralda4)
    I don't actually find it horrifying at all. We all know that teaching is going to be tough but at the same time I think/hope it will be totally worth it. I read that and am not put off one bit. I work extremely long hours now in a particularly difficult job so am no stranger to a challenge, and I have a passion for education and working with young people. I think the thread serves as a warning to not take teaching lightly or as an easy option. Yes, the stats are worrying, but we have to be prepared for what the PGCE actually entails. I guess only time will tell if we are! I think we need to be 'realistically optimistic'. Haha.
    I definitely agree. You should go in to it with your eyes open but many people do. And you should also keep your principles and your hope of helping pupils. Like you I read threads on here before but I always knew teaching was going to be hard anyway, because I didn't go in to the career blind. I think uni interviews filter out most people who haven't considered the work load properly or who are going in to the profession for money or because they're stuck for what else to do. And then the stress of the course will cause most of those who do get through to drop out anyway. But if you are actually really passionate about teaching and have made the effort to find out what it's really about then I don't think the threads should worry you at all.

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    Preparing for my interview tomorrow! nerves kicking in but I feel so ready to start a PGCE next september! just reading up on some educational issues and policies now
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    (Original post by pthomas112)
    Preparing for my interview tomorrow! nerves kicking in but I feel so ready to start a PGCE next september! just reading up on some educational issues and policies now :-)
    Good luck!!
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    (Original post by Esmeralda4)
    Good luck!!
    thanks, im up at 4am to get the coach! trian was 90 pounds and the coach was only 15!
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    Hey guys just wondering what people are wearing to interview?! I'm thinking smart skirt, small heels, smart top with cardigan? last year I wore a suit and no-one else did!
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    (Original post by Esmeralda4)
    I don't actually find it horrifying at all. We all know that teaching is going to be tough but at the same time I think/hope it will be totally worth it. I read that and am not put off one bit. I work extremely long hours now in a particularly difficult job so am no stranger to a challenge, and I have a passion for education and working with young people. I think the thread serves as a warning to not take teaching lightly or as an easy option. Yes, the stats are worrying, but we have to be prepared for what the PGCE actually entails. I guess only time will tell if we are! I think we need to be 'realistically optimistic'. Haha.
    I don't find the idea of the hard work horrifying (I know that's a huge part of the PGCE, and I wouldn't be applying if it put me off). But what really worried me is the fact that some of the teachers seemed miserable and they didn't seem to have an passion for the job left. If that didn't make you think twice I'm surprised. A PGCE is a big commitment and it's important to consider the downsides too. For me, that thread made me think 'why do I want to teach' and 'is that reason worth all of the stress'. For me, the answer was yes. But I'd me lying if I didn't say that thread was food for thought.
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    im wearing smart trousers, a shirt, a tie and a black pullover jumper
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    Hi, I was just wondering if anybody knew whether there was a specific date that applications had to be submitted by for apply 1? I am currently waiting for my second referee to submit a reference, but due to the UCAS website being down this weekend it hasn't been completed. Thank you
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    (Original post by pthomas112)
    Preparing for my interview tomorrow! nerves kicking in but I feel so ready to start a PGCE next september! just reading up on some educational issues and policies now
    What are you going to speak about for current issues? I am swotting for an interview on Thurs! Good luck and let us know how you get on!
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    (Original post by alabelle)
    I don't find the idea of the hard work horrifying (I know that's a huge part of the PGCE, and I wouldn't be applying if it put me off). But what really worried me is the fact that some of the teachers seemed miserable and they didn't seem to have an passion for the job left. If that didn't make you think twice I'm surprised. A PGCE is a big commitment and it's important to consider the downsides too. For me, that thread made me think 'why do I want to teach' and 'is that reason worth all of the stress'. For me, the answer was yes. But I'd me lying if I didn't say that thread was food for thought.
    I thought you were talking about the drop out rate, my bad. I do agree with you about the existing teachers, it seems sad. Like you, it makes me think about why I want to teach and, as I said, I think it would be worth it. If I get on a course, I'll see for sure. Haha.
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    If you got a biomedical degree can you apply for secondary chemistry PGCE
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    (Original post by BlissedBlessing)
    If you got a biomedical degree can you apply for secondary chemistry PGCE
    Courses normally require at least 50% off you degree to be in the subject
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    (Original post by cutebat)
    Hey guys just wondering what people are wearing to interview?! I'm thinking smart skirt, small heels, smart top with cardigan? last year I wore a suit and no-one else did!

    I probably will wear a suit, though maybe not a tie. Better to be overdressed than underdressed!
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    (Original post by smiler000)
    What are you going to speak about for current issues? I am swotting for an interview on Thurs! Good luck and let us know how you get on!
    im applying for secondary PGCE. Ive been looking at social class differences in admissions, gender gaps in grades, social mobility, the emegence of academies and there was an interesting article in todays sunday times about how the Uk education system is apparently behind in international legaue tables.

    Just completed my lesson plan that i have to present!
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    Apologies if it's already been answered in earlier pages, but with aspects of the UCAS system being down, can the references still be submitted? I am about to email to politely bug my academic ref, as she promised to get it done this weekend, however I obviously don't want to be doing so if she can't actually submit it until tomorrow. Thanks. ^^
    edit~ I nagged her anyway. :rolleyes:
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    anyone have any other ideas on what to research for educational topics and issues?
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    (Original post by pthomas112)
    anyone have any other ideas on what to research for educational topics and issues?
    I'm looking at the current changes with the national curriculum, the introduction of fining parents for taking children on holiday during school time. Just browsing my old issues of TES atm and the guardian education section! (Im applying primary)
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    (Original post by pthomas112)
    im applying for secondary PGCE. Ive been looking at social class differences in admissions, gender gaps in grades, social mobility, the emegence of academies and there was an interesting article in todays sunday times about how the Uk education system is apparently behind in international legaue tables.

    Just completed my lesson plan that i have to present!
    Where are you looking on the internet for this stuff? Just so I know when I (hopefully!) get an interview. I'm doing my dissertation on education policy and I mentioned this in my personal statement, but now I'm wishing I didn't! They will probably be expecting me to be an expert even though I don't start proper research until Feb.

    Good luck all you guys with interviews. Me, jealous? Never!

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    (Original post by cutebat)
    Hey guys just wondering what people are wearing to interview?! I'm thinking smart skirt, small heels, smart top with cardigan? last year I wore a suit and no-one else did!
    To me, it makes sense to dress as you would when you are teaching. So I'll dress the same as I did on my school experience - a suit without a tie.
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    (Original post by cutebat)
    Hey guys just wondering what people are wearing to interview?! I'm thinking smart skirt, small heels, smart top with cardigan? last year I wore a suit and no-one else did!
    I'm going to wear a pencil skirt, blouse, cardigan, tights and flat black shoes. My standard 'working at a school' outfit. I'm applying for primary though, and I think that they expect you to be more comfortable as you will be 'playing' and moving around with the kids.
 
 
 
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