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    (Original post by Marcusian)
    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.
    Great minds think alike. ..im starting mine next week to but to do a UG Ba in Primary Ed :yes:

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    (Original post by Marcusian)
    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.
    Thanks for that link, it looks really useful! I tried to start my PS the other day but found it really intimidating so I didn't get much more than a few notes down on paper. Glad I'm starting early!
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    (Original post by Marcusian)
    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.
    And are you applying for PGCE history then? I guess people pick things up. Did you do GCSE/A-Level history?

    That PS help link you posted is ace btw, thank you!
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    Hi, I'm going to a apply for a Primary PGCE starting in 2014. Just wondering if anyone knows when we can start to apply through the GTTR?

    I know the deadline is the beginning of December, and I've looked all over the place but it only seems to say stuff about courses starting in 2013.

    Thanks
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    (Original post by rach.meach)
    Hi, I'm going to a apply for a Primary PGCE starting in 2014. Just wondering if anyone knows when we can start to apply through the GTTR?

    I know the deadline is the beginning of December, and I've looked all over the place but it only seems to say stuff about courses starting in 2013.

    Thanks
    Applications are through UCAS this year rather than the GTTR I think it opens on November 1st for PGCE applicants.
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    Hi,

    I'm applying for 2014 intake as I was unsuccessful, and had a thought. *Uh ohh*

    I'm not sure about this, and I haven't (as of yet) found any information to support it butttttt... Is it possible to apply for Teach First and GTTR???? For example, Teach First have all SCITT options and GTTR have all PGCE?

    This might be a question already answered, but I'm struggling to find a definitive yes or no on the subject. :confused:
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    And are you applying for PGCE history then? I guess people pick things up. Did you do GCSE/A-Level history?

    That PS help link you posted is ace btw, thank you!
    I am applying for PGCE Secondary History. I did GCSE History but not a-level. I think what I am saying is that I am not sure "I have studied things on the curriculum myself" is that important. I mean, I did my GCSEs in 1999! I think the key thing is having a passion for history and getting the actual experience of teaching in that environment. I think the best saying is "You don't have to have been a horse to be a great jockey"....
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    (Original post by MissRebReb)
    Hi,

    I'm applying for 2014 intake as I was unsuccessful, and had a thought. *Uh ohh*

    I'm not sure about this, and I haven't (as of yet) found any information to support it butttttt... Is it possible to apply for Teach First and GTTR???? For example, Teach First have all SCITT options and GTTR have all PGCE?

    This might be a question already answered, but I'm struggling to find a definitive yes or no on the subject. :confused:
    Apply for teach first in the summer before pgce applications open. Pgce/scitt applications are done through the ucas website and teh same application portal, teach first is not a scitt. Its a completely different programme, where you are essentially given a 6 week crashcours in teaching and then placed in the countries most challenging schools to teach right away. You can't apply for pgce/Scott/schools direct if you hold an offer from teach first and vica versa. So apply for teach first when applications open (which should be now) and you'll know if you're on before the applications for the other teacher training routes open.
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    I know I may be getting ahead of myself, but does anyone know how the Master's works? Do you get it from the same university you completed your PGCE from? Can you do it straight after completing your PGCE or must you teach and do it part-time? Also what are the costs, I understand it is offered at a reduced cost? Do you attend lecturers or is it all theory? What is the qualification you get at the end of it?
    Sorry for all the questions guys! But I think it's important to always think ahead!
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    There's a school who seems like they want to have me in for classroom experience come September. The teacher asked if I have a CRB, which I don't (well I have one that was done in 2007 but is that even recent enough?) and he said I should get one. To my knowledge you can't just go get a CRB since it has to be applied for through an organization that would need them. I always assumed you just had to do it through the school you were going to be at. Help?
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    (Original post by StandardUsername)
    There's a school who seems like they want to have me in for classroom experience come September. The teacher asked if I have a CRB, which I don't (well I have one that was done in 2007 but is that even recent enough?) and he said I should get one. To my knowledge you can't just go get a CRB since it has to be applied for through an organization that would need them. I always assumed you just had to do it through the school you were going to be at. Help?
    CRB checks expire after three years, you will have to do a new one through the school.
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    (Original post by Feartheunknown)
    I know I may be getting ahead of myself, but does anyone know how the Master's works? Do you get it from the same university you completed your PGCE from? Can you do it straight after completing your PGCE or must you teach and do it part-time? Also what are the costs, I understand it is offered at a reduced cost? Do you attend lecturers or is it all theory? What is the qualification you get at the end of it?
    Sorry for all the questions guys! But I think it's important to always think ahead!
    It depends on each PGCE. If you can get another uni to accept your existing masters credits then you'll be able to do it at another uni, its just guarenteed that your uni will accept them. You'd be better off doing your NQT year straight after your PGCE year, to ensure you're fully qualified. You can do your masters during your NQT year part-time though. I'm not sure about reduced cost, although I assume it will be cheaper as you'll already have some of the credits for the masters. The qualification will vary according to which PGCE you do and what masters credits you get from it. I would assume it will be like a normal masters, where you attend some lectures but a lot of it will be independant and research work.
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    I'm planning on applying for a Secondary History PGCE in October (anyone know of a specific date?). Have so far done 10 days in a low-rated Ofsted Secondary, 24 days in a Primary, 8 full weeks in a 'good with excellent qualities' Secondary and another 7 weeks in a 'excellent' Secondary. With both of the long term school experiences, I have done extracurricular trips (including a week long trip with 70 year 8 students to Amsterdam), taught and planned lessons, made my own resources (which I have used to create a portfolio for the PGCE interview), ran extra support lessons for C/D borderline students etc. Some of my resources, including two GCSE revision guides, are now being used in other schools in the area.
    One of the schools has asked me to return for the next summer term in order to cover 3 year 8 classes for the full 12 weeks, with me taking over the planning of their lessons, their marking and reports.
    Im debating on how to make the most of this in my application? Obviously I am attempting to make the most of it in my personal statement and I have the portfolio, but someone has suggested that you can contact the place you are applying to provide extra info (eg. My extra letters of reference from these placements), does anyone know if this is true?
    Quite a few people I know have been unsuccessful in their applications in the last few years, so I am hoping to do everything possible to strengthen my application, does anyone have any suggestions to anything I may be missing?
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    (Original post by Charbear92)
    I'm planning on applying for a Secondary History PGCE in October (anyone know of a specific date?). Have so far done 10 days in a low-rated Ofsted Secondary, 24 days in a Primary, 8 full weeks in a 'good with excellent qualities' Secondary and another 7 weeks in a 'excellent' Secondary. With both of the long term school experiences, I have done extracurricular trips (including a week long trip with 70 year 8 students to Amsterdam), taught and planned lessons, made my own resources (which I have used to create a portfolio for the PGCE interview), ran extra support lessons for C/D borderline students etc. Some of my resources, including two GCSE revision guides, are now being used in other schools in the area.
    One of the schools has asked me to return for the next summer term in order to cover 3 year 8 classes for the full 12 weeks, with me taking over the planning of their lessons, their marking and reports.
    Im debating on how to make the most of this in my application? Obviously I am attempting to make the most of it in my personal statement and I have the portfolio, but someone has suggested that you can contact the place you are applying to provide extra info (eg. My extra letters of reference from these placements), does anyone know if this is true?
    Quite a few people I know have been unsuccessful in their applications in the last few years, so I am hoping to do everything possible to strengthen my application, does anyone have any suggestions to anything I may be missing?
    Your experience is excellent, you do need to make sure it translates well into your personal statement though. Make it all about what you've learnt, how it reinforces your desire to teach etc.
    Get letters of recommendation from your placements and give them to your interviewer. It goes down very well.
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    Hi everyone,

    I want to apply for a PGCE in Secondary English and have narraowed down a few choices.

    I don't have any in-school experience yet, but do run 2 craft club sessions weekly on a Wednesday, where my colleague and I work with children of all ages and abilities, teaching them arts and crafts, which is challenging but really rewarding.

    I also have experience lined up to run craft sessions in a high school as part of an internship. It isn't related to my subject, but it is school experience, so I hope it counts and shows my flexibility. (I'd love to teach textiles as well as english!)

    As well as school experience and craft sessions, I'm going to be volunteering with a local community group in their education for young adults sessions, doing things with CVs, employability and language skills, etc! I just hope I get enough in time!

    I am hoping to get observation in 3 local high schools, but I know fine well I will have to work my butt off to get a place in time!

    Good luck to you all!
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    (Original post by Shelly_x)
    Your experience is excellent, you do need to make sure it translates well into your personal statement though. Make it all about what you've learnt, how it reinforces your desire to teach etc.
    Get letters of recommendation from your placements and give them to your interviewer. It goes down very well.

    I have all my letters of reference, with copies all ready. I am a little confused about whether you can send on any extra letters in advance of an interview, when you know a certain university has got your application, or whether you just bring them to your actual interview? They are all included within the portfolio I have of my resources, and I was planning on taking that to the interview anyway?
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    (Original post by Charbear92)
    I have all my letters of reference, with copies all ready. I am a little confused about whether you can send on any extra letters in advance of an interview, when you know a certain university has got your application, or whether you just bring them to your actual interview? They are all included within the portfolio I have of my resources, and I was planning on taking that to the interview anyway?
    You could if you wanted to, nothing is stopping you. You'd just email it through to them.
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    (Original post by LaurieLee)
    Hi everyone,

    I want to apply for a PGCE in Secondary English and have narraowed down a few choices.

    I don't have any in-school experience yet, but do run 2 craft club sessions weekly on a Wednesday, where my colleague and I work with children of all ages and abilities, teaching them arts and crafts, which is challenging but really rewarding.

    I also have experience lined up to run craft sessions in a high school as part of an internship. It isn't related to my subject, but it is school experience, so I hope it counts and shows my flexibility. (I'd love to teach textiles as well as english!)

    As well as school experience and craft sessions, I'm going to be volunteering with a local community group in their education for young adults sessions, doing things with CVs, employability and language skills, etc! I just hope I get enough in time!

    I am hoping to get observation in 3 local high schools, but I know fine well I will have to work my butt off to get a place in time!

    Good luck to you all!
    Contact schools as soon as they open, and make sure you have a CRB/DBS certificate so you're ready to start experience asap. You will need to apply as soon as applications open for Secondary English, most places were filling up by december/january this year, so you'll need to have started gaining your classroom experience before you apply. You don't necessarily need to have it all done, but you should really have started it.
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    (Original post by Charbear92)
    I'm planning on applying for a Secondary History PGCE in October (anyone know of a specific date?). Have so far done 10 days in a low-rated Ofsted Secondary, 24 days in a Primary, 8 full weeks in a 'good with excellent qualities' Secondary and another 7 weeks in a 'excellent' Secondary. With both of the long term school experiences, I have done extracurricular trips (including a week long trip with 70 year 8 students to Amsterdam), taught and planned lessons, made my own resources (which I have used to create a portfolio for the PGCE interview), ran extra support lessons for C/D borderline students etc. Some of my resources, including two GCSE revision guides, are now being used in other schools in the area.
    One of the schools has asked me to return for the next summer term in order to cover 3 year 8 classes for the full 12 weeks, with me taking over the planning of their lessons, their marking and reports.
    Im debating on how to make the most of this in my application? Obviously I am attempting to make the most of it in my personal statement and I have the portfolio, but someone has suggested that you can contact the place you are applying to provide extra info (eg. My extra letters of reference from these placements), does anyone know if this is true?
    Quite a few people I know have been unsuccessful in their applications in the last few years, so I am hoping to do everything possible to strengthen my application, does anyone have any suggestions to anything I may be missing?
    Your experience is amazing! I'm pretty sure you can send in your references simply by emailing the university... I'm pretty sure of this because CVs can be attached in your application if want to send additional information so why not letters of recommendation?! PS Do we need to create a portfolio, I assumed the personal statement was somewhat of a standardised portfolio?
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    (Original post by Feartheunknown)
    Your experience is amazing! I'm pretty sure you can send in your references simply by emailing the university... I'm pretty sure of this because CVs can be attached in your application if want to send additional information so why not letters of recommendation?! PS Do we need to create a portfolio, I assumed the personal statement was somewhat of a standardised portfolio?

    I didn't get told to do the portfolio or anything, but I had reached a point where I had made so many resources that I was really quite proud of and I figured that I may as well put them into a portfolio and use them to aid my application and help in the interview.

    as far as I know, you don't have to make one at all. When I started putting mine together, I was advised to either have one I could fill completely with really good examples of my work or not to do one at all as its only really worth doing it if its all good.

    thanks for letting me know about sending the references in!
 
 
 
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