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    (Original post by myrtille)
    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.
    Oh ok, I see what you're saying. That sounds good. Do you think I should attach the executive summary (which is in table form) as part of this short covering letter?

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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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    Depends on what the application form is like. If they ask for a letter of application in addition to the application form, then I usually put it in the 'supporting information' bit of the application form. If they just want the application form then I paste it in the supporting information bit, after writing about how i meet the person spec etc. If neither of these are suitable, then attach it as a seperate document and draw their attention to it in the email.
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    Is it ok to use quotes from school policies? As in literally quote and reference them in brackets.

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    (Original post by qwerty_mad)
    Is it ok to use quotes from school policies? As in literally quote and reference them in brackets.

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    Erm, in what context? You don't need to directly quote them, you can just explain them and how you implemented them or what you like about it. Seems more personal that way.
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    (Original post by Shelly_x)
    Erm, in what context? You don't need to directly quote them, you can just explain them and how you implemented them or what you like about it. Seems more personal that way.
    As in how I meet and agree with a policy. I think it's too much referencing them - looks a bit OTT.

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    (Original post by qwerty_mad)
    As in how I meet and agree with a policy. I think it's too much referencing them - looks a bit OTT.

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    Yeah it definitely does. Good luck!
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    Hey all. Just wondering if some of you can tell me a bit about how you are able to spend your weekends. I'm going to be joining a girls' grammar for Secondary English School Direct route in September. I'll be honest, I am not great at time management but am determined to make the work my absolute priority, which will be helped by my (very distracting) partner being away in the week. He'll be back at the weekends though and seems 100% sure that the weekends will really be 'our' time, that I will have space for him and shouldn't be doing work. He's not the most understanding yet. But is that possible or do you feel that your weekends are often booked with marking/planning/assignments as well as your 'free' time in the week?
    The school is brilliant, the staff and especially my primary mentor could not be better. I'm super excited, but don't want to get the wrong idea about how it will play out and work/not work with my relationship.
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    (Original post by awe)
    Hey all. Just wondering if some of you can tell me a bit about how you are able to spend your weekends. I'm going to be joining a girls' grammar for Secondary English School Direct route in September. I'll be honest, I am not great at time management but am determined to make the work my absolute priority, which will be helped by my (very distracting) partner being away in the week. He'll be back at the weekends though and seems 100% sure that the weekends will really be 'our' time, that I will have space for him and shouldn't be doing work. He's not the most understanding yet. But is that possible or do you feel that your weekends are often booked with marking/planning/assignments as well as your 'free' time in the week?
    The school is brilliant, the staff and especially my primary mentor could not be better. I'm super excited, but don't want to get the wrong idea about how it will play out and work/not work with my relationship.
    Unless you work pretty much solidly after school for about 6 hours every day then you will need to do at least some work on the weekends, unfortunately. Since you will be at a grammar school it is likely that you will have very high expectations placed on you, so they may expect a bit more (although this may just be a generalization!).

    I work on the weekends and I also end up doing planning/marking before or after work for at least a few hours over the weekend.
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    (Original post by awe)
    Hey all. Just wondering if some of you can tell me a bit about how you are able to spend your weekends. I'm going to be joining a girls' grammar for Secondary English School Direct route in September. I'll be honest, I am not great at time management but am determined to make the work my absolute priority, which will be helped by my (very distracting) partner being away in the week. He'll be back at the weekends though and seems 100% sure that the weekends will really be 'our' time, that I will have space for him and shouldn't be doing work. He's not the most understanding yet. But is that possible or do you feel that your weekends are often booked with marking/planning/assignments as well as your 'free' time in the week?
    The school is brilliant, the staff and especially my primary mentor could not be better. I'm super excited, but don't want to get the wrong idea about how it will play out and work/not work with my relationship.
    I think you'll have to expect to do some work during the weekends. If you're not you're either working your socks off during the week or you're not the getting the experience you should.

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    Okay I expected a difficult year, but this is hands down the most difficult course/responsibility/burden that I have ever taken on in 28 years!! Forget the numeracy and literacy entry tests of any former exams/assignments at undergrad level - THIS IS THE REAL TEST OF WHETHER YOU ARE BUILT FOR A CAREER IN TEACHING!

    Wouldn't change the experience for the world though as you manage to overcome every obstacle that is set before you. with 10 weeks to go the finishing line is in sight and the endless portfolio work, assignments, reflective tasks, observations, endless hours of planning and marking will all seem worth it. On balance I actually enjoy 50% of the PGCE, the other 50% I learn from.
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    I haven't worked on weekends very often during this course, but I'm probably in the minority.

    My first placement I didn't have too big a teaching timetable so I had a lot of frees which I did planning and marking in.

    I'm on a much larger timetable now on my second placement but I've still managed to get all my work done in the week near enough. Occasionally I've worked on Sundays if I felt I was a bit behind.

    This Easter break came at exactly the right time though. Things were beginning to pile up. I've had a week off so far and managed to get my 5000 words assignment done, planned half my lessons for the week back, tidied up the evidence file. I still have a bit of work to do before I go back a week today but I feel much better about things because of this break.

    The week after I go back my tutor is coming in to observe me for the final time, my assignment is due and my third review happens so that's going to be a bit manic.

    It really is the final stretch now though - I've worked out I only have 35 more school days left with all the breaks etc.

    Absolutely loved the year but have to admit I can't wait for it to be over now and start my NQT year in September!
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    (Original post by Steveluis10)
    I haven't worked on weekends very often during this course, but I'm probably in the minority.

    My first placement I didn't have too big a teaching timetable so I had a lot of frees which I did planning and marking in.

    I'm on a much larger timetable now on my second placement but I've still managed to get all my work done in the week near enough. Occasionally I've worked on Sundays if I felt I was a bit behind.

    This Easter break came at exactly the right time though. Things were beginning to pile up. I've had a week off so far and managed to get my 5000 words assignment done, planned half my lessons for the week back, tidied up the evidence file. I still have a bit of work to do before I go back a week today but I feel much better about things because of this break.

    The week after I go back my tutor is coming in to observe me for the final time, my assignment is due and my third review happens so that's going to be a bit manic.

    It really is the final stretch now though - I've worked out I only have 35 more school days left with all the breaks etc.

    Absolutely loved the year but have to admit I can't wait for it to be over now and start my NQT year in September!
    I've only got 5 more teaching days - the rest is enrichment where we fill any gaps in our experience (observation in a sixth form etc).

    Although the first week back, I am being observed by the external examiner with a class I barely know, and then the day after I have an interview at my old secondary school which is a job I desperately want.

    Stress! We've nearly made it though!

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    I am a mum. I am due to start next September. And I must admit I am really scared it could be unmanageable in terms of time and workload. The idea of having to feed my son Iceland pizza everyday and neglect his homework frightens me
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    (Original post by outlaw-torn)
    I've only got 5 more teaching days - the rest is enrichment where we fill any gaps in our experience (observation in a sixth form etc).

    Although the first week back, I am being observed by the external examiner with a class I barely know, and then the day after I have an interview at my old secondary school which is a job I desperately want.

    Stress! We've nearly made it though!

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    That's crazy! We were only just starting our final placement this time last year, we were in that school for the whole of June.

    (Original post by Filledusoleil)
    I am a mum. I am due to start next September. And I must admit I am really scared it could be unmanageable in terms of time and workload. The idea of having to feed my son Iceland pizza everyday and neglect his homework frightens me
    Don't panic. Yes it will be tough but many people manage the course alongside caring for their families. I think people with children are already used to juggling their time a bit more and I guess have more obvious motivation for saying 'I will stop now' or 'I will get this done so I have some free time' etc

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    (Original post by Filledusoleil)
    I am a mum. I am due to start next September. And I must admit I am really scared it could be unmanageable in terms of time and workload. The idea of having to feed my son Iceland pizza everyday and neglect his homework frightens me

    I am am also a full time mum of one starting in September (he will be 2 years old) and I feel exactly the same! I'm hoping that I can work hard and long into the night during the week after uni/school and on one full day over the weekend, then spend the other day devoted to my son/husband (realistically, I'll probably be making the following weeks meals in advance and cleaning the house)!!

    I just keep telling myself it'll be a year of hell (I'm not even thinking about the NQT year yet, lol) and will have all be worth it...I hope!
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    Am I the only one dreading going back?
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    (Original post by Shelly_x)
    Am I the only one dreading going back?
    Nope. Not at all

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    (Original post by Shelly_x)
    Am I the only one dreading going back?
    Not on your own there. Totally dreading it! I just want a job now for something to look forward to

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    (Original post by Shelly_x)
    Am I the only one dreading going back?
    No I'm dreading the last few weeks, in the meanwhile enjoy your break Shelly


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    (Original post by sunfowers01)
    Nope. Not at all

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    (Original post by outlaw-torn)
    Not on your own there. Totally dreading it! I just want a job now for something to look forward to

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    (Original post by pgce2013)
    No I'm dreading the last few weeks, in the meanwhile enjoy your break Shelly


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    Thought it was just me for a bit there! We can do it guys.
 
 
 
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