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    (Original post by Shelly_x)
    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.
    My tutor said I'll still pass but that I might have to do a few extra weeks.

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

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    I didn't think 'satisfactory' existed anymore. My uni views a 3 as 'requires improvement'.
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    (Original post by TraineeLynsey)
    I didn't think 'satisfactory' existed anymore. My uni views a 3 as 'requires improvement'.
    Same here, but I know some PGCEs do it differently in terms of grading - i.e. not according to the Ofsted criteria.
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    (Original post by Shelly_x)
    Same here, but I know some PGCEs do it differently in terms of grading - i.e. not according to the Ofsted criteria.
    My uni does it 1 (outstanding), 2 (good), 3 (satisfactory) and 4 (failing).

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    (Original post by TraineeLynsey)
    I didn't think 'satisfactory' existed anymore. My uni views a 3 as 'requires improvement'.
    My uni still use it but require you to go back and do a few extra weeks.

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    (Original post by Shelly_x)
    Same here, but I know some PGCEs do it differently in terms of grading - i.e. not according to the Ofsted criteria.
    (Original post by qwerty_mad)
    My uni does it 1 (outstanding), 2 (good), 3 (satisfactory) and 4 (failing).

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    My uni didn't even use any posted like criteria! It's confusing since even if they use the same, it will be different as you're being judged as a trainee and against the teaching standards specifically, as opposed to as a fully qualified teacher based only on learning.

    My uni gave you a statement, something like of you continue you will pass, need to show improvement to pass, cause for concern or will pass with excellent practice.

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    Apart from all the lesson planning etc, what is the uni work like? Harder than final year? Do you have to do a dissertation?
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    (Original post by newns17)
    Apart from all the lesson planning etc, what is the uni work like? Harder than final year? Do you have to do a dissertation?
    Every uni is different. At mine we have short essays throughout the year and two bigger ones at the end - one at 2,500 and the other at ~5,000 words. The essays itself aren't a killer - I wrote the first in three days - but on top of lesson planning and job applications, it is quite a lot of thinking and writing. It's manageable, though.

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    I've had 4,
    One was a joint presentation and academic poster, you had to write 3k words and then you had to defend your poster infront of a panel

    The other was a hypothetical one in which you wrote about learning outside the classroom, plan 4 lessons and a medium term plan. Then write about a school trip why you've chosen it and linking it into the foundation subjects. 3k words

    Essay 3 was relating to your own practice called teaching studies- I researched whether teaching assistants were more hindrance than help.3k words

    My last one is my specialism in Literature- how literature helps learning but more specific to something like SEN children or EAL. 3k words

    :-)
    They've all be fairly tough, specialism more so
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    TWO MORE LESSONS TO GET THROUGH AND IT'S EASTER! :dance:

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    (Original post by outlaw-torn)
    TWO MORE LESSONS TO GET THROUGH AND IT'S EASTER! :dance:

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    It had gone so quiet on here I assumed everyone else's Easter holidays had already started! I've been counting down the days to my holiday for weeks so it's a relief to be so close - 5 lessons to go!

    Can't believe I'm now officially 2/3 of the way through my NQT year. I suppose that means everything will be OK as it's pretty difficult for a school to fail you in term 3 if you've been deemed "making satisfactory progress" in the first 2 terms.

    The whole rest of the school year is only 10 weeks after the Easter holidays (maybe 11 or 12 in other areas), so that feels pretty manageable.
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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.
    In the executive summary should you give examples of how you meet the specification? Or just mention you do?

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    (Original post by qwerty_mad)
    In the executive summary should you give examples of how you meet the specification? Or just mention you do?

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    Here's something to help you:
    http://community.tes.co.uk/tes_jobse...te-an-e-s.aspx


    Specific examples are always better than just saying you meet it.
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    (Original post by myrtille)
    It had gone so quiet on here I assumed everyone else's Easter holidays had already started! I've been counting down the days to my holiday for weeks so it's a relief to be so close - 5 lessons to go!

    Can't believe I'm now officially 2/3 of the way through my NQT year. I suppose that means everything will be OK as it's pretty difficult for a school to fail you in term 3 if you've been deemed "making satisfactory progress" in the first 2 terms.

    The whole rest of the school year is only 10 weeks after the Easter holidays (maybe 11 or 12 in other areas), so that feels pretty manageable.
    Do you only have a 4 week half term after Easter then or does the May holiday get pushed back too?
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    (Original post by Shelly_x)
    Do you only have a 4 week half term after Easter then or does the May holiday get pushed back too?
    Only 4 weeks! Then a 6 week term before the summer holidays (our Autumn term starts straight after the August bank-holiday though).
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    (Original post by Shelly_x)
    Here's something to help you:
    http://community.tes.co.uk/tes_jobse...te-an-e-s.aspx


    Specific examples are always better than just saying you meet it.
    Thanks for the link, really useful One more thing: should I place the summary at the beginning of the application from or email it as a separate document when applying?

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    Ahhh I got an interview at my old secondary school


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    (Original post by qwerty_mad)
    Thanks for the link, really useful One more thing: should I place the summary at the beginning of the application from or email it as a separate document when applying?

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    I read somewhere on TES that you should put it in the same file as your covering letter, so it will all get printed out together at the school, whereas if it's a separate file they might just not bother.

    I have just reapplied for my current job (1 year contract) and that's what I did.
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    (Original post by myrtille)
    I read somewhere on TES that you should put it in the same file as your covering letter, so it will all get printed out together at the school, whereas if it's a separate file they might just not bother.

    I have just reapplied for my current job (1 year contract) and that's what I did.
    Covering letter? I don't write covering letters if I'm applying to a school with vacancies. So would it be okay to put it before the 'supporting statement' section?

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    (Original post by qwerty_mad)
    Covering letter? I don't write covering letters if I'm applying to a school with vacancies. So would it be okay to put it before the 'supporting statement' section?

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    I was always told you must send a letter - the type of application form determines what type of letter this is.

    If the application form includes a long personal statement section, this should be a simple covering letter addressed to the head. "Dear Mr/Mrs X, (use their name, shows you've done your research), I am writing to apply for the post of ___ at ____ School. Please see my application form for details of my experience and suitability for this role. Feel free to contact me if you require any further information in support of my application. Yours sincerely..."

    If the application form doesn't have a supporting statement section, then you write a letter of application which is basically a supporting statement in letter form.

    Some useful TES posts:
    http://community.tes.co.uk/tes_jobse...-i-put-it.aspx

    http://community.tes.co.uk/tes_jobse...ching-job.aspx

    Maybe I've got the wrong end of the stick, but I got interviews at all but one of the schools I applied to last year, so I can't have done it totally wrong.
 
 
 
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