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    I have no real point to make, just wanted to express my sympathy and solidarity for all of you.
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    (Original post by carnationlilyrose)
    I have no real point to make, just wanted to express my sympathy and solidarity for all of you.
    Huh?

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    Today at work I got a cactus spine stuck under my thumb nail. Has taken more than 12 hours for me to get it or. Teaching is brutal!


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    (Original post by myblueheaven339)
    Today at work I got a cactus spine stuck under my thumb nail. Has taken more than 12 hours for me to get it or. Teaching is brutal!


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    I got splinters the other day and haven't had the time or energy to remove them.

    Also yesterday I stabbed my hand on a sellotape dispenser then trapped my other hand in the medical box while getting a wipe for the first hand. You just keep going until the end of the day!

    Xxx

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    (Original post by Threefold)
    I cannot handle the stress of this course anymore.

    My mentor in my second school is overbearing and scrutinises me to the point that I feel paranoid and have no privacy. She has banned me from doing university work at school because she feels my planning isn't up to scratch. I am so tired I can barely think and I am not getting a moment to do anything at all but eat and sleep this week. I have felt on the verge of tears all day and I can't make my 1 1/2 hour trip home until after tonight's parents evening. I feel like I would have a complete meltdown if it wasn't Easter after tomorrow.

    I've never felt so low about this course. I feel ready to quit as I no longer want to teach, and all that's holding me back is how much of the course I've already done. I feel like I am without any hope right now though. Help.
    If you scroll about a year back through this thread, you will find several similar posts from me. I'm an NQT at a SEN school now and I'm so glad I stuck it. Keep going xxx
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    (Original post by kpwxx)
    I got splinters the other day and haven't had the time or energy to remove them.

    Also yesterday I stabbed my hand on a sellotape dispenser then trapped my other hand in the medical box while getting a wipe for the first hand. You just keep going until the end of the day!

    Xxx

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    Oh dear! We've been packing for the last two days as the school is moving to a new building, tired is not the word!


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    (Original post by qwerty_mad)
    Huh?

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    Didn't think it was a particularly difficult point to understand, but I just wanted, as a teacher approaching retirement and a former subject mentor for two universities, to say I know how hard it is and to express some sympathy.
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    (Original post by qwerty_mad)
    Don't we just need it?! It's such a relief. But I'm not resting too much - got applications to write, a lot of planning and a 2,500 word essay to write.

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    Absolutely.

    I'm going to spend a week working (5000 word assignment , evidence file building, planning and reflections) and a week just relaxing, catching up on reading and television and sleep! That's the plan anyway.
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    Thanks carnation Lily rose.

    So glad it's Easter! Just finished final assessed period, but got about 6 hours of marking to finish off, job applications to do and a 5000 word assignment due at the start of May. Arg!
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    (Original post by Steveluis10)
    Absolutely.

    I'm going to spend a week working (5000 word assignment , evidence file building, planning and reflections) and a week just relaxing, catching up on reading and television and sleep! That's the plan anyway.
    Yes, catch up on sleep!

    I need to bulk up my evidence file. I'm in Early Years so how you suggest I do that?? How are you evidencing progress of your kids? I need to use the three weeks after Easter doing a lot of file building.

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    Any tips on how to be short and concise in job applications?

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    (Original post by qwerty_mad)
    Any tips on how to be short and concise in job applications?

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    Why are you needing to be short and concise? To fit in the required word limit? Otherwise, you need to go into detail on your points and give examples really. Write a draft and then read it over, editing out any sentences which repeat information already given or which don't really big you up.

    Also, include an executive summary (go to TES jobseekers or google it to see what these are) - they pretty much guarantee shortlisting.
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    (Original post by Shelly_x)
    Why are you needing to be short and concise? To fit in the required word limit? Otherwise, you need to go into detail on your points and give examples really. Write a draft and then read it over, editing out any sentences which repeat information already given or which don't really big you up.

    Also, include an executive summary (go to TES jobseekers or google it to see what these are) - they pretty much guarantee shortlisting.
    No particular reason other than that I think my sentences are a bit long winded.

    Yeah I've started to added executive summaries to mine - got invited to one interview since then.

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    I'm applying for a job at a school where I went to both the school and sixth form... I spent a large part of my life there! I was just wondering would it be appropriate to mention this? I really feel that going to school there provided me with so many opportunities and I loved the sense of community there, which is still evident. I just don't know whether it would be of any use to my application to mention it.
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    (Original post by qwerty_mad)
    Yes, catch up on sleep!

    I need to bulk up my evidence file. I'm in Early Years so how you suggest I do that?? How are you evidencing progress of your kids? I need to use the three weeks after Easter doing a lot of file building.

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    You could try keeping a learning journey for a few chosen children, to show how you are moving on learning in action, thinking about next steps, assessment etc.

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    (Original post by outlaw-torn)
    I'm applying for a job at a school where I went to both the school and sixth form... I spent a large part of my life there! I was just wondering would it be appropriate to mention this? I really feel that going to school there provided me with so many opportunities and I loved the sense of community there, which is still evident. I just don't know whether it would be of any use to my application to mention it.
    I'm applying to the primary school I went to as a kid and gonna mention it - I genuinely want to work there more than any other school and it would be a dream to be offered a job. So I'm gonna mention it. I don't know whether it's the right thing to do or not though.

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    For those asking whether they should mention the fact they were a pupil at the school they're applying to - yes, do it. They'll know from seeing your name and education history who you are anyway but I applied for a job at the school I went to and in my first paragraph of the covering letter I mentioned why the school had such a good impact on me and linked it to the ethos. Don't go overboard though and start gushing about it or continually refer back to the fact you went there! Treat the rest of the application like you would any other and outline what you can offer them as a teacher, not as a past pupil.

    I got the interview in the end but already accepted a job a few days earlier so had to cancel. Have no regrets as I want new experiences to start my teaching career and go out my comfort zone a bit but one day I would like to return maybe but who knows!
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    September 2012 was the date I started this course; It seems ages ago!

    8 weeks left of teaching in which 4 of those weeks for me are only 4 days week.

    5 weeks until I lose all of my year 11 classes due to GCSEs as well

    The final hurdle is coming up, going to be soooooooooooooo happy at the end of June; will do a little dance in the staff room with a big grin on my face.

    I've actually enjoyed this placement a hell of a lot more than last school where I was getting a dressing down lecture in front of the students by the HOD or in the corridor on various occasions; I feel for the people out there who have come across a complete tool in your placement. The difference in this school compared to the last is huge, I'm almost tempted to do an NQT year, almost being the key word.

    Good luck all!!
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    What are the consequences of qualifying with a 'satisfactory'?

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    (Original post by qwerty_mad)
    What are the consequences of qualifying with a 'satisfactory'?

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    Some course won't pass you with that grade, I know I have to achieve at least a good. Obviously you will know if you can pass with that grade though.
 
 
 
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