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    (Original post by swarfliam)
    Primary is the plan! Politics really is a pain, but i'm doing a minor in History this year and next (2nd and 3rd) although still having a straight Politics degree. I chose Tudors and Victorians for the modules mainly so i do have something to talk about National Curriculum wise, so i'm hoping that will get me through
    Good plan! History seems to be a common one that people go into even at secondary level. I don't know how people do because I've done practically no relevant history in my degree. Good luck!
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    Can I apply for Teach First and a PGCE? For primary


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    (Original post by Fabay)
    Can I apply for Teach First and a PGCE? For primary


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    Think you can yeah!
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    (Original post by Fabay)
    Can I apply for Teach First and a PGCE? For primary


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    No, not at the same time. Apply for TF now and, if unsuccessful, you can then apply for a PGCE.


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    I'm going to be applying for Secondary Drama.
    I've had 4 days experience from last year, I've taught at a dance school for 3 years and also done workshops with Primary students last Summer.
    In September I will be doing a placement for the entire year, 2 days a week in Drama and an additional day in English.

    I already passed the QTS tests as I applied last year to get an idea of what the interviews and process would be like. I feel like there are a limited amount of courses for my subject so I need to get the best possible application and make sure I can compete with he other candidates,

    Do you think I may have a good chance?

    Also, is there anyone else applying for Secondary Drama?
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    Currently doing a short subject knowledge enhancement course, and have been focusing so much on boosting my subject knowledge I'd forgotten I need experience!

    Fat chance of getting any now, and tbh I don't want any now because the end of term just means doss classes. I will have to join the mad rush of September work exp. I need 7 more days ideally, as I currently have 7. I wanted to have them from a range of schools but I don't know if that is going to happen, so I may just end up going back to where I've done 5 of my days because they said it would be alright to.

    I will be joining the crew with starting my personal statement over the summer. Like others, uni is going to be all systems GO as soon as I get back due to dissertation and stuff, so it would be a weight off having it roughly done, leaving room for edit concerning work exp. I will crack on once I've finished this SKE.
    Is it funded or do you have to pay it yourself?
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    (Original post by Juichiro)
    Is it funded or do you have to pay it yourself?
    I paid for it myself. It was £200, but as a politics student applying for an R.E PGCE, I thought it would massively increase my chances of being considered. Finished it yesterday! I don't know what the ones for other subjects are like in terms of funding.
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    I paid for it myself. It was £200, but as a politics student applying for an R.E PGCE, I thought it would massively increase my chances of being considered. Finished it yesterday! I don't know what the ones for other subjects are like in terms of funding.
    I see. Are you planning to teach Primary students or Secondary?
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    (Original post by Juichiro)
    I see. Are you planning to teach Primary students or Secondary?
    Secondary R.E is the plan. Are you hoping to teach primary?
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    I paid for it myself. It was £200, but as a politics student applying for an R.E PGCE, I thought it would massively increase my chances of being considered. Finished it yesterday! I don't know what the ones for other subjects are like in terms of funding.
    Everything I'm reading says that you are only eligible for a SKE if you have a conditional offer for a place at a PGCE already. Is that true? Where did you do yours? I'd love to do one in French.
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    (Original post by alabelle)
    Everything I'm reading says that you are only eligible for a SKE if you have a conditional offer for a place at a PGCE already. Is that true? Where did you do yours? I'd love to do one in French.
    That is quite possible. I think R.E is a little different. Mine is through a private company called Culham St Gabriels, it's not like the ones shown on the DfE website. The DfE don't do a SKE for R.E so it was my only option. I don't know anything about MFL though, sorry!
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    Hello everyone ,

    I'm thinking of applying for Primary PGCE at Liverpool Hope and Chester. I've been volunteering one day a week in a local primary school since November. Will this be enough experience? Everyone on here seems to have so much varied experience, I'm worried that I haven't managed to volunteer with any Brownies groups etc.
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    That is quite possible. I think R.E is a little different. Mine is through a private company called Culham St Gabriels, it's not like the ones shown on the DfE website. The DfE don't do a SKE for R.E so it was my only option. I don't know anything about MFL though, sorry!
    Thanks

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    Hello everyone ,

    I'm thinking of applying for Primary PGCE at Liverpool Hope and Chester. I've been volunteering one day a week in a local primary school since November. Will this be enough experience? Everyone on here seems to have so much varied experience, I'm worried that I haven't managed to volunteer with any Brownies groups etc.
    It's really subjective, from my understanding its more what you get from the experience than the number if days you've done. As long as you meet the minimum 10 days you have just as much chance as anyone else!
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    Hay! Does any one know when the PGCE primary applications (2014 start) open up?

    Thaks :-)
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    (Original post by 101pixiedust)
    Hay! Does any one know when the PGCE primary applications (2014 start) open up?

    Thaks :-)
    Should be open by 1st November.


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    Hey,

    I feel so unprepared looking at this thread. I want to do a Primary PCGE somewhere in the North-West just to save moving house again. This is all I know. I'm re-sitting my Science GCSE sometime this academic year and hopefully I'll get some classroom experience.

    Once applications open is it too late to be cramming in experience? i.e. should I ideally get a ton of volunteering done BEFORE November?

    I've got experience outside of the classroom, Guides and all that just none of the stuff they're actually looking for
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    (Original post by strawberry fields)
    Hey,

    I feel so unprepared looking at this thread. I want to do a Primary PCGE somewhere in the North-West just to save moving house again. This is all I know. I'm re-sitting my Science GCSE sometime this academic year and hopefully I'll get some classroom experience.

    Once applications open is it too late to be cramming in experience? i.e. should I ideally get a ton of volunteering done BEFORE November?

    I've got experience outside of the classroom, Guides and all that just none of the stuff they're actually looking for
    Hi, you're going to have to be quick off the mark to get some volunteer experience in September! Get plenty of letters printed out ready, and spend the first week back going around schools taking them in personally. Primary schools appear the most difficult to get experience in, I think this is because they have a lot of parent helpers.
    Check the requirements of the university you want to apply to. They might ask for just 10 days, or maybe (as my prospective uni does) 15 days, 10 of which must be consecutive. I have two full weeks lined up before I start back at uni, and then once a week from then.
    I would say that it's better to do at least some volunteering before you apply so you have something to talk about, and then the rest before interview so you have something to discuss there.
    Guides and stuff counts as experience. It's extra stuff, so you know you can work with kids and not just in the classroom.
    Good luck!


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    strawberry fields - I know how you feel! I am trying to aim for application this year for 2014 entry, and it seems as if I'm starting at the bottom of a mountain just to get there. I have lots of experience outside of schools through Rainbows (looking to teach early Primary), and have started contacting local infant schools to try and get some work experience done before writing my personal statement. In between all of that lot I've been researching and reading as much as possible. Fortunately I've got excellent grades in English, Maths and Science GCSE, with English A level as well, so I don't have to worry about playing catch-up there.

    The joys of a career change ;-)

    Am I overly optimistic in wanting to apply to York St Johns and Winchester?
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    Good plan! History seems to be a common one that people go into even at secondary level. I don't know how people do because I've done practically no relevant history in my degree. Good luck!
    If it's any help, I did a joint history and politics degree, did an MA in Political Communications AND have worked in politics since. I haven't found any issues really, you should be fine as long as you get the experience and make a good application.
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    I have found this is helpful for personal statements - http://www.kent.ac.uk/careers/cv/pgcestatements.htm any one else got any links? Going to start drafting mine next week.
 
 
 
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