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    (Original post by outlaw-torn)
    What are you guys doing over the summer financially?

    I have savings and my partners income however I'm worried about the gap between the last bursary payment and September


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    I've been saving some of my bursary/grants and my last government bursary payment is end of July, so I'm not too worried. July bursary will see me through August, and savings will see me through September and cover moving costs (need to move closer to my new school).
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    Half Term!!!!!
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    I've applied for about 15 jobs and had one interview so far that I didn't get, the feedback was really good though - so I didn't question my teaching ability.
    Got another interview for after half term, 4th June, in either reception or year 1 (pretty broad!) thinking of doing something on repeating patterns as that is fairly easy to adapt if I got a really HA Y1 class or a very low FS class.

    Got graded overall outstanding in my final placement, I just feel a bit gutted that I haven;t got a job yet, but some people who've had observations graded at 4's & 5's have! There's only about 5 on our course of 22 who are still applying!

    Forgot to add, the school I have this interview at was my first placement school in October - Decemeber & the deputy head informed me of the jobs. I don't know whether this is going to be easy or really hard! Like they'd be looking in a lot of progression since October.
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    (Original post by bethanyrae)
    I've applied for about 15 jobs and had one interview so far that I didn't get, the feedback was really good though - so I didn't question my teaching ability.
    Got another interview for after half term, 4th June, in either reception or year 1 (pretty broad!) thinking of doing something on repeating patterns as that is fairly easy to adapt if I got a really HA Y1 class or a very low FS class.

    Got graded overall outstanding in my final placement, I just feel a bit gutted that I haven;t got a job yet, but some people who've had observations graded at 4's & 5's have! There's only about 5 on our course of 22 who are still applying!

    Forgot to add, the school I have this interview at was my first placement school in October - Decemeber & the deputy head informed me of the jobs. I don't know whether this is going to be easy or really hard! Like they'd be looking in a lot of progression since October.
    The thing with the job hunt is that it's sometimes just luck on the day that wins you it. It's no reflection of who is the 'best' teacher on your course if they get jobs before you, it's simply the fact that people put on the right performance and had the right conditions on the day to land a job before you did.

    Generally the school you apply to won't know what you've been graded throughout the year unless you make a point of including it in your letter and even then it doesn't mean anything to them because they judge you on that day alone. You may be outstanding but if your lesson and/or interview performance on the day is inadequate then you won't be employed.
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    (Original post by Steveluis10)
    The thing with the job hunt is that it's sometimes just luck on the day that wins you it. It's no reflection of who is the 'best' teacher on your course if they get jobs before you, it's simply the fact that people put on the right performance and had the right conditions on the day to land a job before you did.

    Generally the school you apply to won't know what you've been graded throughout the year unless you make a point of including it in your letter and even then it doesn't mean anything to them because they judge you on that day alone. You may be outstanding but if your lesson and/or interview performance on the day is inadequate then you won't be employed.
    Yeah good point. I liken interviews to a final in football between a giant and a minnow. If they were play ten times, the giant would probably win 8 or 9 times but on the one occasion the minnow may produce the good and have the luck. It's the same with interviews.

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    (Original post by bethanyrae)
    I've applied for about 15 jobs and had one interview so far that I didn't get, the feedback was really good though - so I didn't question my teaching ability.
    Got another interview for after half term, 4th June, in either reception or year 1 (pretty broad!) thinking of doing something on repeating patterns as that is fairly easy to adapt if I got a really HA Y1 class or a very low FS class.

    Got graded overall outstanding in my final placement, I just feel a bit gutted that I haven;t got a job yet, but some people who've had observations graded at 4's & 5's have! There's only about 5 on our course of 22 who are still applying!

    Forgot to add, the school I have this interview at was my first placement school in October - Decemeber & the deputy head informed me of the jobs. I don't know whether this is going to be easy or really hard! Like they'd be looking in a lot of progression since October.
    Good luck have you had help with your application? The PS will be important for short listing. At least after half term you'll be competing against nqts and supply teachers
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    In the supporting statement of application forms should I write I am on the PGCE and will gain QTS in June 2014? Because all specifications, even those for NQTs, ask for QTS.

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    In the supporting statement of application forms should I write I am on the PGCE and will gain QTS in June 2014? Because all specifications, even those for NQTs, ask for QTS.

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    There is usually a section where it asks whether you have QTS, and what date you obtained it. So I just write 'Will qualify June 2014'

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    (Original post by outlaw-torn)
    There is usually a section where it asks whether you have QTS, and what date you obtained it. So I just write 'Will qualify June 2014'

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    Yeah that's what I do as well. So you don't think there's a need to say in the supporting statement?

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    (Original post by qwerty_mad)
    Yeah that's what I do as well. So you don't think there's a need to say in the supporting statement?

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    You don't need to say the date you plan to get QTS if it's elsewhere on the form, but of course you'll talk about your PGCE and what you have learnt from it. Your supporting statement isn't to give factual info that they just need to know, it's to sell yourself, and every word is precious!

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    (Original post by kpwxx)
    You don't need to say the date you plan to get QTS if it's elsewhere on the form, but of course you'll talk about your PGCE and what you have learnt from it. Your supporting statement isn't to give factual info that they just need to know, it's to sell yourself, and every word is precious!

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    Yeah I've decided to omit that from my statement. I have to try a different approach now as it's not working!

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    Hi I have been accepted to do a PGCE next year and I know it will be a tough year - but I have been asked if I want to go see a show in London on a Saturday in November (early showing) - will I be too busy/tired or would it be a good break? Asking for opinions on this.
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    I reckon you'd probably be fine- especially near the beginning of the course I often had Saturdays as a break day from work. Something to look into though might be when your assignments will be due- if you can find a course handbook on the university website it should give you a rough idea of due dates- you'll probably want to be working that weekend if you've got an assignment due in on the Monday (for example)
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    (Original post by diamondsky89)
    Hi I have been accepted to do a PGCE next year and I know it will be a tough year - but I have been asked if I want to go see a show in London on a Saturday in November (early showing) - will I be too busy/tired or would it be a good break? Asking for opinions on this.
    You'll probably be fine as you won't be teaching that much that early on in the course. Just ensure that you've got everything done before you go.
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    (Original post by qwerty_mad)
    Yeah I've decided to omit that from my statement. I have to try a different approach now as it's not working!

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    Your supporting statement should set out your passion for working with young people and for your subject. You also need to show a passion for working at the particular school you are applying for, so research on their website and find something you can mention. This could be particular activities they're doing or just how you relate to their ethos. You should describe lessons that went well and why you think they went well/how they impacted the kids. You should also mention what you have done to benefit your current school (after school clubs etc.) and what you could do to benefit this new school.

    I generally followed that sort of structure, step by step and it worked pretty well.
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    (Original post by diamondsky89)
    Hi I have been accepted to do a PGCE next year and I know it will be a tough year - but I have been asked if I want to go see a show in London on a Saturday in November (early showing) - will I be too busy/tired or would it be a good break? Asking for opinions on this.
    I second the opinion that you should be fine. I personally think it will be a nice break. If you already know far in advance about it you will just be able to work around it, do any work you were going to that day earlier. You need to have breaks and something outside work to look forward to!

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    It's good to plan breaks! Do it
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    Starting work in half term today

    I have my year 7 assessments marked so that's out the way but have 9 plans to do for the week we go back and my files to sort out. Going to get half the week planned today and half tomorrow.
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    Okay, thank you for the replies
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    (Original post by diamondsky89)
    Hi I have been accepted to do a PGCE next year and I know it will be a tough year - but I have been asked if I want to go see a show in London on a Saturday in November (early showing) - will I be too busy/tired or would it be a good break? Asking for opinions on this.
    I had to take two weeks off one week into my second placement to have surgery. Didn't do me any harm


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