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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    I've been waiting to hear back from one of my choices for about a month now. Really annoying seeing as I want to accept an offer. I know I could ring up and ask them to release me but I just want to know if they would have given me an offer or not
    I'm in the same boat as you - I have an interview on Monday at Goldsmiths, but my last choice (King's, my current uni) have made contact whatsoever in the 5 weeks since I submitted my application! It's so frustrating.
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    (Original post by Esmeralda4)
    I think I probably will if I have to...
    Are you feeling all prepared for tomorrow?!
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    Having been unsuccessful at my first two interviews I had very little confidence in my performance at Wawrwick University yesterday. However I have just recieved an offer on to their PGCE Primary with Maths Specialism. If anyone else is feeling disheartened by rejections please do not stop believing yourself.
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    Found out I got accepted to do secondary citizenship at middlesex!

    Had my interview at Metropolitan today, didnt think it went as well. And IOE week after next.

    Has anyone been accepted to IOE for citizenship?
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    I've been waiting to hear back from one of my choices for about a month now. Really annoying seeing as I want to accept an offer. I know I could ring up and ask them to release me but I just want to know if they would have given me an offer or not
    I withdrew from 2 of my choices before I was even offered an interview. It has made me think, would I have been accepted to those two or not?

    However maybe getting my first choice and not knowing about my other two is a positive thing, however I will never know lol....
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    I highly doubt that would be a reason. They will be so used to seeing pending, it won't be an issue. I take it your primary, in which case it is sadly unbelievably competitive. I really feel for you because I relate to your first post. I wasn't used to this level of competition in undergrad so it really has been an eye opener.

    I don't have any useful advice sorry. But try to ask for feedback as to why you didn't succeed and build on it. If you do have to try again next year, see it as an opportunity to build a kickass application and build upon what you've learnt this time round. A year might sound long but it will go fast and it's not the end of the world. Remember, if you really want this, it will happen eventually. Be patient and soon enough you'll get an offer, just don't give up!! Best of luck.

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    Cheers. I am applying for Secondary actually. History.
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    Does anyone know how long it usually takes for University of Nottingham to get back to you on whether you have been successful or unsuccessful?
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    What types of questions should I expect in the one-to-one interview for the Primary PGCE? Really nervous about that part as I tend to panic and say silly things! Any tips from those who have already had an interview?
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    (Original post by eek a me)
    Hi, I'm sure you have probably heard this many times before but I had/have a serious issue with confidence. Most of the people that know me find that quite surprising. I have given presentations in front of colleagues I've worked with for years and still stutter and stumble. I recently had two interviews for PGCE/Schools direct, one of which was in front of a panel (the thought of which had me trembling) and the other process included a presentation in front of 10 strangers. The best advice I can give you is to try and relax and be yourself. I kept imagining my interviews as conversations, which isn't very easy to do when you have a panel staring back at you, but it can work. I actually now have offers from both of them, it seems the hardest part was actually getting the interview and now deciding between the two.

    Fingers crossed for your last interview. If however you are unsuccessful, and this is truly a career you wish to pursue, there are lots of things you can do to help increase your confidence. It is something that will be tested everyday as a teacher as you will be standing in-front of a classroom of students, and very often with a teacher observing you. Try and get some experience in classrooms, getting TA work isn't very easy but the more experience you have, the better for your confidence.

    I hope this helps, best of luck for Wednesday.
    Aww thank you so much for your kind words! It's fustrating because I am a fairly confident person, in work and around people so I hate it when they say it at interview. Family and friends have said to me that maybe teaching isn't for me and that I should look into something else or go for primary rather than secondary. But I don't want to do anything else and I'm not keen on primary age and I'd rather specialise in a subject. Teaching is something I've wanted to do since year 9 !

    Thanks I'm hoping Wednesday goes well as it's my last chance! I know there's apply two but I don't really wanna go somewhere completely new or move away. I've wasted a year already by not getting in before, just don't want it to happen again!
    Congrats on your offers that's fantastic !
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    (Original post by MS90)
    Are you feeling all prepared for tomorrow?!
    Just about!! Getting a little nervous now lol! How about you??
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    (Original post by crock)
    Cheers. I am applying for Secondary actually. History.
    I have worked as a history teacher for nearly ten years and I know that it is one of the most competitive secondary subjects. What sort of experience do you have? Do you have good a levels behind you? Speaking from experience of previous GTP students (i know you applied for School Direct) i dont think they had vast amounts of school experience but did have strong academic credentials. It is also very hard to find a job afterwards - one had to take on supply followed by a temporary post, another found their job after around ten interviews. Make sure someone checks your personal statement carefully - both myself and my sister in law who is an assistant head checked my husband's. It is such a small amount of words to really sell yourself in.
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    (Original post by Esmeralda4)
    Just about!! Getting a little nervous now lol! How about you??
    Yeah yeah...the nerves are defo kicking in a bit now haha!!im pretty much sorted i think...my article things arent very long though..hopefully that isnt an issue....also...it says to reference the articles formally on the first page...how have you referenced yours?
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    Anybody who has had an interview at Bishop Grot, how long did it take for them to get back to you with a decision?
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    (Original post by MS90)
    Yeah yeah...the nerves are defo kicking in a bit now haha!!im pretty much sorted i think...my article things arent very long though..hopefully that isnt an issue....also...it says to reference the articles formally on the first page...how have you referenced yours?
    I hand wrote it. One of mine is from a website so I wrote the Web address down and the company.... For the other I am choosing between two from the same book. I copied the format from the back of the book.

    Starting to get more worried about the group presentation as I have no idea what to expect!!
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    (Original post by Sara Jayne)
    Anybody who has had an interview at Bishop Grot, how long did it take for them to get back to you with a decision?
    how did it go?! mine took a week
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    been offered a place for early years at MMU SO happy. booked my numeracy skills test now and I'm so nervous for it! hope it's slightly easier than the practice ones like a few people have been saying
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    (Original post by JosephineE)
    Aww thank you so much for your kind words! It's fustrating because I am a fairly confident person, in work and around people so I hate it when they say it at interview. Family and friends have said to me that maybe teaching isn't for me and that I should look into something else or go for primary rather than secondary. But I don't want to do anything else and I'm not keen on primary age and I'd rather specialise in a subject. Teaching is something I've wanted to do since year 9 !

    Thanks I'm hoping Wednesday goes well as it's my last chance! I know there's apply two but I don't really wanna go somewhere completely new or move away. I've wasted a year already by not getting in before, just don't want it to happen again!
    Congrats on your offers that's fantastic !
    This was actually my second time round...I applied last year and for many reasons I have had to re-apply this year. I am so glad I did though (minus the fact that I have to make a huge decision now!). After my last round I was ready to give up on trying, I was so sure that I would be unsuccessful this time round, but somehow I made it through. So no mater what happens on Wednesday, don't give up, you've wanted it long enough.

    Let me know how it goes!
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    (Original post by Cloclo15)
    I have worked as a history teacher for nearly ten years and I know that it is one of the most competitive secondary subjects. What sort of experience do you have? Do you have good a levels behind you? Speaking from experience of previous GTP students (i know you applied for School Direct) i dont think they had vast amounts of school experience but did have strong academic credentials. It is also very hard to find a job afterwards - one had to take on supply followed by a temporary post, another found their job after around ten interviews. Make sure someone checks your personal statement carefully - both myself and my sister in law who is an assistant head checked my husband's. It is such a small amount of words to really sell yourself in.
    I have plenty of experience: 6 years as a TA with responsibility for my own tutor group as well as out of school youth work and work with English Heritage in public facing roles. Maybe its my academic credentials that are letting me down, which if is the case is not something I can quickly do much about. I have a 2.1 in History and the necessary GCSEs but no A levels worth speaking of. No ones ever mentioned needing A levels before. If that is hidden away in the course providers small print and they are screening out people without A levels first then I'm pretty much buggered.

    Only just finished slogging through my degree purely so I could become a teacher. If that's going to be pulled away from me now then the last 5 years have been a monumental waste of time.
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    (Original post by JosephineE)
    Thanks I'm hoping Wednesday goes well as it's my last chance! I know there's apply two but I don't really wanna go somewhere completely new or move away. I've wasted a year already by not getting in before, just don't want it to happen again!
    Fingers crossed you get it but even if not, don't be dismissive of apply 2, there might still be some pickings to be had, especially if some school direct places come on line late. (I have just spotted one that opens for applications on 2nd feb)

    Good luck to you. Unless you are secondary history in which case I will scratch your eyes out.

    Kidding!
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    (Original post by Esmeralda4)
    I hand wrote it. One of mine is from a website so I wrote the Web address down and the company.... For the other I am choosing between two from the same book. I copied the format from the back of the book.

    Starting to get more worried about the group presentation as I have no idea what to expect!!
    Yeaaaah...tbh i think with the group thing aslong as we can contribute to the conversation and discussion it should be fine mine are both online sources so i will do the sameee...i wanted a journal article but couldnt print it!! :/ stupid thing haha...once im there ill be fineee its just up until then the unknown is nervy haha
 
 
 
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