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    (Original post by angel_night)
    The PGCE is a lot of hard work and I think it's normal to have doubts. I became very anxious before starting mine and wondered if it was the right thing to do. I too had always intended to do a PGCE from before I applied for my undergraduate degree. Once I started I felt a lot better and got on with it all! I did primary and the work load was heavy. However, I always had a Saturday and Friday night off during my first placement so that I could see my boyfriend who lived an hour away, each week, likewise during university time. The final placement was more work, I generally had one day off a week apart from the first week of it where I worked solidly all week and all weekend. That was the hardest bit, but I got through it and again, it was fine.

    It is manageable if you can balance your time. At points you will have to make sacrifices to get the work done, but this was rare. Yes, my social life outside of my boyfriend wasn't much in existence, except during university sections of the year, but it was worth it. If you are doing FE you'll be more specialised and I imagine, although I could be wrong, you may be able to cut your working time down as the laminating and cutting of resources will probably be less and you can hand more responsibility over to the pupils. I think it is worth starting the course. You can always leave and then defer your place but from everything I have heard you cannot defer a place if you haven't yet started.
    Thanks for your reply I don't have a very active social life anyway so that parts not a problem haha. My boyfriend and I are semi long distance atm and see each other every other weekend, suppose if I work the weekends we don't see each other I could have the weekends we see each other free (although maybe take some work to do on the train going to/from). How many hours per week did you do?

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    Thanks for your reply I don't have a very active social life anyway so that parts not a problem haha. My boyfriend and I are semi long distance atm and see each other every other weekend, suppose if I work the weekends we don't see each other I could have the weekends we see each other free (although maybe take some work to do on the train going to/from). How many hours per week did you do?

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    I never really counted the hours to be honest! I used to get to school for 8am on first placement and 7:45 on final placement. I would stay till about 5pm on first and because I shared lifts on final, I left school at about 4-4:30 on final (staff there tended to leave early and do work at home as well). On both placements I would mark until tea time (whether this was in school or at home) and then after tea, I would work until bed time during weeknights Monday - Thursday. Generally had Friday and Saturday off (once I had finished Friday's marking). I would then work on Sunday till about 6/7pm. The one week I did that but worked Friday night, all day Saturday and all day Sunday.

    It was a lot of work but I generally felt it was manageable and it didn't get me down. That one week was hellish, but apart from that, it was fine . It's just about balancing your time and planning ahead about when you will do each piece of work. I used to have a whiteboard with each day on it. At the start of the week I would write on each day what I planned to do - planning, resourcing, marking, files, uni work etc. I did the same during my NQT year and now do it on a paper diary. That worked well
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    (Original post by angel_night)
    I never really counted the hours to be honest! I used to get to school for 8am on first placement and 7:45 on final placement. I would stay till about 5pm on first and because I shared lifts on final, I left school at about 4-4:30 on final (staff there tended to leave early and do work at home as well). On both placements I would mark until tea time (whether this was in school or at home) and then after tea, I would work until bed time during weeknights Monday - Thursday. Generally had Friday and Saturday off (once I had finished Friday's marking). I would then work on Sunday till about 6/7pm. The one week I did that but worked Friday night, all day Saturday and all day Sunday.

    It was a lot of work but I generally felt it was manageable and it didn't get me down. That one week was hellish, but apart from that, it was fine . It's just about balancing your time and planning ahead about when you will do each piece of work. I used to have a whiteboard with each day on it. At the start of the week I would write on each day what I planned to do - planning, resourcing, marking, files, uni work etc. I did the same during my NQT year and now do it on a paper diary. That worked well
    The whiteboard thing is a good idea. I did buy a paper diary; had one every year during my degree and never used it, guess thats going to change now!

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    (Original post by ParadoxSocks)
    They didn't even mention it All enrolled now. I look absolutely awful on my uni card. I swear staff wait for you to stop trying before they take the photo. Gah.

    Now to the travel shop and then to Starbucks to fuel the shopping spree I'm about to have

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    My boyfriend endorses the idea that I look like a criminal on my campus card (they has us take our own passport style photos and upload them) I took mine on my mac, it was a bad move, I should have paid for a proper one!

    I'm glad they didnt mention it to you
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    (Original post by chantaltyler)
    My boyfriend endorses the idea that I look like a criminal on my campus card (they has us take our own passport style photos and upload them) I took mine on my mac, it was a bad move, I should have paid for a proper one!

    I'm glad they didnt mention it to you
    I look like a serial killer on mine!
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    (Original post by chantaltyler)
    My boyfriend endorses the idea that I look like a criminal on my campus card (they has us take our own passport style photos and upload them) I took mine on my mac, it was a bad move, I should have paid for a proper one!

    I'm glad they didnt mention it to you
    I look so professional on my school profile photo! Why couldn't they just use that. I look like a criminal on my passport. It makes travelling difficult.

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    Started my first day today. Even though it was enrolment/introduction day, it was very tiring. Looks like I have to sleep earlier from now on.
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    How's everyone doing with subject knowledge? I feel like maths is going to be a massive downfall however hard I try to be better!
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    I am feeling really nervous now, though I suppose that is normal..
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    (Original post by diamondsky89)
    I am feeling really nervous now, though I suppose that is normal..
    It's perfectly normal. It's 32 years since I did my PGCE and I still have anxiety dreams the night before term starts.
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    (Original post by chantaltyler)
    How's everyone doing with subject knowledge? I feel like maths is going to be a massive downfall however hard I try to be better!
    Have you tried NCETM for your maths? You can audit your skills and then it will give you help with the parts you are weakest on. It's free to register, too.


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    Have you tried NCETM for your maths? You can audit your skills and then it will give you help with the parts you are weakest on. It's free to register, too.


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    No, not something I have tried, thank you for the advice will try it out.
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    (Original post by chantaltyler)
    Hey,

    i start the Primary PGCE monday, I'm so excited, but also nervous!!

    I also start on Monday. I'm terrified/excited. I'm also having cold feet. It's a big step! But I'm going to do it!
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    Just wanted to say good luck to those starting tomorrow. It's a week tomorrow for me. I'm spending another week at my pre-course placement. I'm finding it very interesting. The school is very challenging!
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    I start my weeks initial experience in a primary school tomorrow, got observation forms to complete, a report to write on phonics and computing based on my observations etc, I haven't been nervous at all...until today and suddenly I realise that I basically start my course tomorrow! Eeep!
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    I started on Wednesday and we were given a long weekend off (Fri-Mon) to get our heads round all the new information etc. I'm feeling pretty good about everything at the moment...The course so far has been interesting and I've been reassured by the support from the lecturers.

    Good luck for all those starting tomorrow! I know I was at first really overwhelmed but after a couple of days I felt much better. :-)
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    (Original post by Esmeralda4)
    I started on Wednesday and we were given a long weekend off (Fri-Mon) to get our heads round all the new information etc. I'm feeling pretty good about everything at the moment...The course so far has been interesting and I've been reassured by the support from the lecturers.

    Good luck for all those starting tomorrow! I know I was at first really overwhelmed but after a couple of days I felt much better. :-)
    Glad it's gone okay for you! I start tomorrow and I'm terrified. Haven't even finished my pre-course essay yet because I've been working all summer on another job that completely sucked my life away.
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    Glad it's gone okay for you! I start tomorrow and I'm terrified. Haven't even finished my pre-course essay yet because I've been working all summer on another job that completely sucked my life away.
    I was working all summer too so understand you there. Try not to stress out too much...We've got plenty of months of that coming up!
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    (Original post by Esmeralda4)
    I was working all summer too so understand you there. Try not to stress out too much...We've got plenty of months of that coming up!
    That's what I thought. Going to grab some coffee and have a puppy break while I still have chance! He hasn't bitten my toes once today - I think he's learning that I have work to do when I'm at my desk.
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    Nervous for tomorrow now. Done all washing, kids clothes ironed for the week, all of mine and other halfs, all my files getting sorted tonight and bag ready for tomorrow. Trying to stay mega organised as I have two children under 4 so I can't do any after school work untill 7pm so I imagin I'll be working most nights untill 10pm, Aslong as I have Friday night and Saturday with my kids I'll work till 2am if that's what it takes through the week!!! Eeek
 
 
 
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