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    (Original post by gemmam)
    No particular reason; a few others in my class haven't started theirs yet either.

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    What type of PGCE are you doing? Primary or secondary?
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    (Original post by Louzilla)
    What type of PGCE are you doing? Primary or secondary?
    Neither I'm doing FE.

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    (Original post by gemmam)
    Neither I'm doing FE.

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    Oh right fair enough. I'm not sure how an FE PGCE would work.
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    (Original post by lolololol)
    Good luck all trainee teachers I'm now an NQT+1 and it is soooo much better now. NQT year was tough for me too because all the new responsibility is overwhelming but now I sort of know what I'm doing, haha. I remember the essays being the bane of my life. Try not to let them ruin the holidays
    Any advice on applying for NQT positions? When do most positions become available - I've heard both January and Easter bandied around? I don't really feel developed enough to be applying to those positions yet, but I don't want to miss the boat on getting a school I like.
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    (Original post by tory88)
    Any advice on applying for NQT positions? When do most positions become available - I've heard both January and Easter bandied around? I don't really feel developed enough to be applying to those positions yet, but I don't want to miss the boat on getting a school I like.
    I applied in February but I was applying for my placement school - I didn't really feel ready to apply at that stage. I was planning to apply around Easter. My boyfriend applied in June-July and there were still loads of jobs but there wasn't much choice, but he does really like his school - he thinks he got lucky though. I got the first job I applied for and he got his second. Good luck
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    Ok guys, quick bummer post.
    So im half way through my pgce, in the middle of writing my first 4k essay for it and about to start second placement so stressed enough as it is...you know what i didnt need, to find a lump on christmas eve...some of you ladies might appreciate the stress that comes from that freakin tiny discovery...not the best start to the new year to have the doc refer you to the local specialist ward for further checks while trying to reassure you...freakin joy....
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    (Original post by Louzilla)
    Oh right fair enough. I'm not sure how an FE PGCE would work.
    Rather than having two placements you just do 100 teaching hours with no set number of placements. I've already done a few hours teaching doing cover but I don't start my placement til next week.

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    (Original post by Ratchit99)
    Ok guys, quick bummer post.
    So im half way through my pgce, in the middle of writing my first 4k essay for it and about to start second placement so stressed enough as it is...you know what i didnt need, to find a lump on christmas eve...some of you ladies might appreciate the stress that comes from that freakin tiny discovery...not the best start to the new year to have the doc refer you to the local specialist ward for further checks while trying to reassure you...freakin joy....
    I'm sorry to hear that. I know it will have already been said but try not to panic u til you know more. Hopefully it will be something benign. X


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    (Original post by Ratchit99)
    Ok guys, quick bummer post.
    So im half way through my pgce, in the middle of writing my first 4k essay for it and about to start second placement so stressed enough as it is...you know what i didnt need, to find a lump on christmas eve...some of you ladies might appreciate the stress that comes from that freakin tiny discovery...not the best start to the new year to have the doc refer you to the local specialist ward for further checks while trying to reassure you...freakin joy....
    Oh crap. Sorry to hear this. I can relate to you knowing the worry that comes with finding a lump! Hopefully it will be nothing, best to get it checked.

    Remember, this PGCE might seem like the most important thing in the world right now, but nothing is more important than your health. That always comes first.

    Hope your check up goes well. xx
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    Oh crap. Sorry to hear this. I can relate to you knowing the worry that comes with finding a lump! Hopefully it will be nothing, best to get it checked.

    Remember, this PGCE might seem like the most important thing in the world right now, but nothing is more important than your health. That always comes first.

    Hope your check up goes well. xx
    Thanks hun, thankfully its high priority so ive been told under 2 weeks for an appt which is basically the time until my second placement starts so i should have a better idea of the situe by then. Just staying positive( as much as you can!)
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    Does anyone here have mentors who don't trust them to take over their year 10/11's to prep for exams?

    I don't know why my heart just sank a bit when my mentor said she's taking them for the next 3-4 lessons because they have exams and she told them that I'm a trainee teacher in my absence a few weeks ago.

    I think they don't really like me and have said to her we would rather you take us for lessons tbh but they've had her since the beginning so that's natural right?

    Am I being too hard on myself? I have tried to be interactive and build a relationship of trust with them it has improved from before but I still think there is a way to go, with 4 weeks left on the placement I shouldn't be beating myself up but I am because I thought I was doing pretty well (from feedback they have given and other staff have told me theyve said good stuff about me too) until now..
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    (Original post by Ratchit99)
    Thanks hun, thankfully its high priority so ive been told under 2 weeks for an appt which is basically the time until my second placement starts so i should have a better idea of the situe by then. Just staying positive( as much as you can!)
    Hope everything goes well for you - as airfairy said nothing is more important than your health, and I need to take this advise on board too but seriously, health comes first. Let us know what happens.
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    (Original post by Ratchit99)
    Thanks hun, thankfully its high priority so ive been told under 2 weeks for an appt which is basically the time until my second placement starts so i should have a better idea of the situe by then. Just staying positive( as much as you can!)
    I second what everyone says, heath first. Make sure you tell your uni if you feel happy to share and feel it's affecting work... They should understand and take it in to consideration.

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    Does anyone here have mentors who don't trust them to take over their year 10/11's to prep for exams?

    I don't know why my heart just sank a bit when my mentor said she's taking them for the next 3-4 lessons because they have exams and she told them that I'm a trainee teacher in my absence a few weeks ago.

    I think they don't really like me and have said to her we would rather you take us for lessons tbh but they've had her since the beginning so that's natural right?

    Am I being too hard on myself? I have tried to be interactive and build a relationship of trust with them it has improved from before but I still think there is a way to go, with 4 weeks left on the placement I shouldn't be beating myself up but I am because I thought I was doing pretty well (from feedback they have given and other staff have told me theyve said good stuff about me too) until now..
    Her saying you were a trainee aside...

    Remind yourself of where you are in training. You aren't even expected to fully meet the teacher's standards until the end of NQT year, so even if you're doing very well you're still not going to be as good at teaching yet as your mentor, assuming your mentor has kept up high standards since qualifying. So the fact she (or they, if in fact they have requested her back) would prefer she teach the pre exam lessons, as these exams can affect the entire lives of hose pupils. They can still think you're good and she is better! And if you've heard good stuff then you're probably doing very well, so just enjoy the last weeks of placement and a chance to help out those pupils with exams.

    Xxx

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    (Original post by Sam89)
    Does anyone here have mentors who don't trust them to take over their year 10/11's to prep for exams?

    I don't know why my heart just sank a bit when my mentor said she's taking them for the next 3-4 lessons because they have exams and she told them that I'm a trainee teacher in my absence a few weeks ago.

    I think they don't really like me and have said to her we would rather you take us for lessons tbh but they've had her since the beginning so that's natural right?

    Am I being too hard on myself? I have tried to be interactive and build a relationship of trust with them it has improved from before but I still think there is a way to go, with 4 weeks left on the placement I shouldn't be beating myself up but I am because I thought I was doing pretty well (from feedback they have given and other staff have told me theyve said good stuff about me too) until now..
    I'm going on second placenent after the weekend - thankfully only for 7 weeks as I'm on school direct - and I was basically told on my visit that they don't want me teaching KS4 for this reason... I was also advised the class had been told I was a trainee. Feeling incredibly anxious. Seems silly as I had a y11 group last term..! How long are you with the school for?
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    (Original post by kpwxx)

    Her saying you were a trainee aside...

    Remind yourself of where you are in training. You aren't even expected to fully meet the teacher's standards until the end of NQT year, so even if you're doing very well you're still not going to be as good at teaching yet as your mentor, assuming your mentor has kept up high standards since qualifying. So the fact she (or they, if in fact they have requested her back) would prefer she teach the pre exam lessons, as these exams can affect the entire lives of hose pupils. They can still think you're good and she is better! And if you've heard good stuff then you're probably doing very well, so just enjoy the last weeks of placement and a chance to help out those pupils with exams.

    Xxx

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    Thank you! You always give constructive and useful advise, for which I am very grateful, you are right if I put everything into context it does affect their whole lives essentially.

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    I'm going on second placenent after the weekend - thankfully only for 7 weeks as I'm on school direct - and I was basically told on my visit that they don't want me teaching KS4 for this reason... I was also advised the class had been told I was a trainee. Feeling incredibly anxious. Seems silly as I had a y11 group last term..! How long are you with the school for?
    Oh, good, it's normal then! Only 4 more weeks, then off to the next one. My PCM did say to us that if you feel anyone is undermining your authority and she specifically said they're not supposed to tell the pupils you're a trainee, we should come to her but tbh I cba there's only a few weeks left best to buckle up and go along with it!
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    (Original post by Sam89)
    you are right if I put everything into context it does affect their whole lives essentially.
    Agree with kpwxx, as always. I wouldn't leave my year 11s to a student because the time to get it right is so limited, it matters so much for these kids, and all the flak would land on me if it went wrong. Sounds harsh, but it's true. It's not a time for them to be guinea pigs. You will have plenty of time to have your own exam classes in the future, and when you do, you will start from scratch with them, get to know them over a long period of time and have learned what needs to be done long before the crunch time comes when it is going to matter. Don't take offence.
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    (Original post by Sam89)
    Does anyone here have mentors who don't trust them to take over their year 10/11's to prep for exams?

    I don't know why my heart just sank a bit when my mentor said she's taking them for the next 3-4 lessons because they have exams and she told them that I'm a trainee teacher in my absence a few weeks ago.

    I think they don't really like me and have said to her we would rather you take us for lessons tbh but they've had her since the beginning so that's natural right?

    Am I being too hard on myself? I have tried to be interactive and build a relationship of trust with them it has improved from before but I still think there is a way to go, with 4 weeks left on the placement I shouldn't be beating myself up but I am because I thought I was doing pretty well (from feedback they have given and other staff have told me theyve said good stuff about me too) until now..
    Of course you're being way too hard on yourself...

    It varies from school to school too what they want trainees to do.

    I didn't teach anything above KS3 in my first placement.
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    (Original post by Sam89)

    Oh, good, it's normal then! Only 4 more weeks, then off to the next one. My PCM did say to us that if you feel anyone is undermining your authority and she specifically said they're not supposed to tell the pupils you're a trainee, we should come to her but tbh I cba there's only a few weeks left best to buckle up and go along with it!
    I think it's pretty normal. Even at primary level some schools will be reluctant to allow trainees to teach Y6 because of exams. I wouldn't take it personally. As for your mentor telling the kids, they are teens and teens are nosy. They probably would have figured it out anyway; if anything, she's saved you a few lessons of gossiping/speculation.
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    Yeah I only taught one year 10 lesson in my first placement. I think it's normal to not get to teach any - that's what my uni have suggested anyway. What does annoy me though is that people have such varied experiences. A few of my friends have taught loads of KS4 and 5 lessons, whereas I've taught practically none. It's a shame they will get to put that on job applications when I can't. I know that's just how it is with PGCEs though - the whole thing is really varied.
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    It's totally normal for you not to get Y11 so I wouldn't worry about it too much. My first PGCE placement was in an upper school (14-18) so I had to have KS4, but they gave me 3 Year 10 classes and 1 Year 11 class which was a bottom set NVQ group so didn't have to prepare for the same exams as the rest of Y11.

    That said, I don't think your school has handled it particularly well, by giving you them and then taking you off them at this point - I can see how you feel undermined by it, even if it wasn't intentional.

    It would have been better to plan for this from the start when they did your timetable. They could have not given you any Y11 GCSE groups, or arranged for you to share the group (eg: teaching them for 1 lesson per week) to give you some experience whilst minimising the impact on pupils.
 
 
 
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