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    Howdy folks. Please allow me to introduce myself.

    For the last eight years I have been working as a football coach, gaining a BA in football studies, as well as many coaching qualifications. I have done this at home and abroad, seeing plenty different parts of the world. I am now a student of a master's degree at Ohio University, studying coaching education, which I will finish by Christmas. Due to reasons such as a glass ceiling, doing ***** work for peanuts, and the only real progression to be made through the industry is a transition into desk work, I have decided to go down a different path. I am back in the UK now, have applied for a primary PGCE, hope to spend a year or two at home learning the trade, before packing up and going somewhere warm again to work as a P.E. teacher. For anyone into football, it must be noted that Mourinho, Van Gaal, and Paul Clement among others, all spent time working as a P.E. teacher.

    Why? Well, I've been in higher education for nearly nine years now. Despite all the travelling I have done, all I have to show for it is experiences and certificates. I have no money. I am not a person that is motivated by money, but I do have bills to pay and debts to clear. Teaching abroad, particularly in the Gulf States, could earn you around £20,000 to £30,000, untaxed, with all utilities paid for. Having already worked in Kuwait, I absolutely know that I could do that again. Plenty of days off, lots of interesting travel locations only a short plane ride away, beautiful weather all year round, and the fact that I won't be sorry-ass broke. I can barely afford petrol to get to my part time job here, in order to not make the interest payments and overdraft fees the bank keeps slapping me with. In the Gulf, I certainly won't be poor. With very few salaried positions available, chances are I'd have to take out a student loan to get me through the next educational year. Then what? Stay in the UK, paying bills, rent, and filling up for £50 a go? Definitely not. Go to the Middle East, save cash, and fill up for £6 a go. Petrol is cheaper than water out there. No, it really is.

    I want to be the very best, like no one ever was.To coach sport to foreign kids is my real test, to train them is my cause.
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    Anyone been to UCL interview for pgce? Help would be much appreciated! Thank you
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    Actually just received an email from Queens this morning. They are sending out letters this week-cant believe it has taken so long! Comgratulations on getting a place!
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    (Original post by ashyr87)
    Actually just received an email from Queens this morning. They are sending out letters this week-cant believe it has taken so long! Comgratulations on getting a place!
    Thanks! Literally just got the same email from them too about 10 mins after I posted that; what are the odds?! Is qub where you want?
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    (Original post by nasrin9494)
    Thanks for letting us know.
    I'm still to finish my degree. Should I apply for loan now or wait till my results are out in june

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    Apply, if you don't get the grade you need they can decline you easier than you applying.
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    I have an interview for coleraine in a few weeks, although id prefer qub as it's just English as opposed to english with drama! I have a little girl so going overseas isnt an option unfortunately! Kind of relying on queens and at this stage it isnt looking very likely!
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    Reconsidered my PGCE application. I ultimately want to teach in Hong Kong, but having a PGCE is a requirement to teach secondary there, so I've applied through Apply2 to UCL Mandarin with a European Language or EAL. The idea of doing EAL appeals to me as it could be very useful for teaching in Asia. I just hate the fact it's in London-it's my idea of hell, but I guess I've got to do what I've got to do.
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    (Original post by patrick9700)
    Got a conditional offer from Durham for finance 2 days ago
    Are you going to be studying the Primary or Secondary PGCE at Durham? I still haven't received my formal offer details in the post yet but hoping they arrive soon to start sorting out finance options as well.
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    (Original post by Findlay6)
    Apply, if you don't get the grade you need they can decline you easier than you applying.
    True. I've applied. Thanks

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    I am planning to go for school direct 2016 PGCE/QTS in London location. I am M.Sc in Agriculture meteorology and also have experience in bank for three years. I have got my qualification verified with NARIC as mine were overseas education. I have 15days experience in volunteering with a primary school. Also gave in my Numerecy and literacy proficiency test. I applied it last year in secondary maths but did not get any offer. What should I do now.... Apply in same as last year or go for primary maths ?
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    (Original post by TunaTunnel)
    If anyone wants help/advice with maths QTS I've already done it so I'm willing to help
    Hi
    I am planning to go for school direct 2016 PGCE/QTS in London location. I am M.Sc in Agriculture meteorology and also have experience in bank for three years. I have got my qualification verified with NARIC as mine were overseas education. I have 15days experience in volunteering with a primary school. Also gave in my Numerecy and literacy proficiency test. I applied it last year in secondary maths but did not get any offer. What should I do now.... Apply in same as last year or go for primary maths ?
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    (Original post by Ripples123)
    I am planning to go for school direct 2016 PGCE/QTS in London location. I am M.Sc in Agriculture meteorology and also have experience in bank for three years. I have got my qualification verified with NARIC as mine were overseas education. I have 15days experience in volunteering with a primary school. Also gave in my Numerecy and literacy proficiency test. I applied it last year in secondary maths but did not get any offer. What should I do now.... Apply in same as last year or go for primary maths ?
    Ultimately, you should go for what you want to teach.
    I don't know if you can do primary maths - I think you just do primary teaching without specialising by subject.
    It sounds like your degree doesn't have much maths in it, which might be why you're struggling to get offers. Have you thought about doing a SKE course?


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    (Original post by Ashleyclaire)
    Ultimately, you should go for what you want to teach.
    I don't know if you can do primary maths - I think you just do primary teaching without specialising by subject.
    It sounds like your degree doesn't have much maths in it, which might be why you're struggling to get offers. Have you thought about doing a SKE course?


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    Hi Ashley

    If I ask myself it would always be Maths. I have been taking maths tuition for secondary pupils. Then wanted to go for QTS. My subject matter did had lots of statistics and maths.
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    (Original post by Ripples123)
    Hi
    I am planning to go for school direct 2016 PGCE/QTS in London location. I am M.Sc in Agriculture meteorology and also have experience in bank for three years. I have got my qualification verified with NARIC as mine were overseas education. I have 15days experience in volunteering with a primary school. Also gave in my Numerecy and literacy proficiency test. I applied it last year in secondary maths but did not get any offer. What should I do now.... Apply in same as last year or go for primary maths ?
    In primary, you have to teach all the subjects. It's not specialised on one subject. I am not sure why you did not got the offer. I think you should take some secondary school experience in Maths Dept as a volunteer. That will help you a lot.
    You can do SKE only when you get a conditional offer.
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    yeah I am ready for SKE if I have a offer in hand. I am thinking of giving primary teaching a go.
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    (Original post by Ripples123)
    Hi
    I am planning to go for school direct 2016 PGCE/QTS in London location. I am M.Sc in Agriculture meteorology and also have experience in bank for three years. I have got my qualification verified with NARIC as mine were overseas education. I have 15days experience in volunteering with a primary school. Also gave in my Numerecy and literacy proficiency test. I applied it last year in secondary maths but did not get any offer. What should I do now.... Apply in same as last year or go for primary maths ?
    Being brutally honest, given the current drive to get people to sign up to teach maths, it very much looks as if there is something missing in your application if you have been turned down. You need to do a bit of an audit of your degree and its content. Even if you think there is enough maths in it, the training providers may not agree. Did you ask for feedback from your rejections? I'd suggest contacting providers ahead of time and asking how they would view your application.

    As to primary or secondary, whilst I can see that you might be wanting to take a route that you regard as 'easier' to get into, it really isn't like that. There is a world of difference between the two and you need to decide for yourself what age group you really want to teach.
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    (Original post by Niyo123)
    In primary, you have to teach all the subjects. It's not specialised on one subject. I am not sure why you did not got the offer. I think you should take some secondary school experience in Maths Dept as a volunteer. That will help you a lot.
    You can do SKE only when you get a conditional offer.
    yeah! But vacancies does show specialism in certain cases. I am thinking of trying for primary now since secondary isn't happening.
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    (Original post by Carnationlilyrose)
    Being brutally honest, given the current drive to get people to sign up to teach maths, it very much looks as if there is something missing in your application if you have been turned down. You need to do a bit of an audit of your degree and its content. Even if you think there is enough maths in it, the training providers may not agree. Did you ask for feedback from your rejections? I'd suggest contacting providers ahead of time and asking how they would view your application.

    As to primary or secondary, whilst I can see that you might be wanting to take a route that you regard as 'easier' to get into, it really isn't like that. There is a world of difference between the two and you need to decide for yourself what age group you really want to teach.
    I did ask for feedback and didn't receive any. surely enough I am looking for a route easier to get through after the rejection
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    (Original post by Ripples123)
    I did ask for feedback and didn't receive any. surely enough I am looking for a route easier to get through after the rejection
    You need to fix what caused it first, and you need information for that. Discussing with providers may help you identify what it is.

    Speaking personally, if I had ended up teaching primary instead of secondary, I would not have been able to stick at teaching for more than 30 years because I'd have been invalided out. Don't assume all teaching is the same and don't jump at something just because you think it's there.
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    (Original post by Carnationlilyrose)
    You need to fix what caused it first, and you need information for that. Discussing with providers may help you identify what it is.

    Speaking personally, if I had ended up teaching primary instead of secondary, I would not have been able to stick at teaching for more than 30 years because I'd have been invalided out. Don't assume all teaching is the same and don't jump at something just because you think it's there.
    Agree
 
 
 
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