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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    Your entire application only goes through once your references have been completed, so the uni wouldn't have even seen your application. You need to get on to your references asap.
    Is that ucas though? as the application was submitted on the university website and I had a message after submitting it saying it's being reviewed but when I go on the reference section it says 'not yet received' under each one
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    (Original post by clara_oswald)
    Is that ucas though? as the application was submitted on the university website and I had a message after submitting it saying it's being reviewed but when I go on the reference section it says 'not yet received' under each one
    Oh that's different. Sorry, I have no idea how the university application would work. It is not unusual to wait for a month for interview, but I'd have thought they would wait for references before you would get an interview.
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    (Original post by clara_oswald)
    Is that ucas though? as the application was submitted on the university website and I had a message after submitting it saying it's being reviewed but when I go on the reference section it says 'not yet received' under each one
    That sounds to me like the people you proposed for references havent sent theirs in yet. You need to chase your references and get them to submit them.
    If they say they have then i would call ucas.
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    How's everyone feeling on the last day of half term?

    We've only had four days off but it's been wonderful working from home instead. Wish it were like this more often! I'm dreading the early start and lectures again tomorrow . But we're in a school on the afternoon so musn't complain.
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    (Original post by alabelle)
    How's everyone feeling on the last day of half term?

    We've only had four days off but it's been wonderful working from home instead. Wish it were like this more often! I'm dreading the early start and lectures again tomorrow . But we're in a school on the afternoon so musn't complain.
    Ugh, I'm feeling crap. Dreading tomorrow. Will be glad when the week is over and I'm back in the swing on things. I've had a total of three weeks off doing nothing, so I'm having to get back into everything!
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    Its occured to me that i have the sum total of 11 weeks left of placement 2 and then thats pretty much it. I got my nqt spot before xmas, but at this moment the thought of taking over on an nqt timetable and being solely responsible for pupil progress etc seems the most terrifying thing ever. I dont think im anywhere near ready for it!!
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    (Original post by Ratchit99)
    Its occured to me that i have the sum total of 11 weeks left of placement 2 and then thats pretty much it. I got my nqt spot before xmas, but at this moment the thought of taking over on an nqt timetable and being solely responsible for pupil progress etc seems the most terrifying thing ever. I dont think im anywhere near ready for it!!
    I didn't feel ready for it right up until the 1st September. Eventually you just get used to it well done for getting an NQT job so early! Must be such a relief

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    (Original post by outlaw-torn)
    I didn't feel ready for it right up until the 1st September. Eventually you just get used to it well done for getting an NQT job so early! Must be such a relief

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    It is a relief that i got a job, but in some ways i feel theres alot of pressure on me now to prove myself since they employed me based on what i was like in december and apparently they saw potential, but what if i dont live up to it!
    Im still terrified im not going to get qts at the end of all of this, but i figure theyd tell me if that was a possibility?
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    (Original post by Ratchit99)
    It is a relief that i got a job, but in some ways i feel theres alot of pressure on me now to prove myself since they employed me based on what i was like in december and apparently they saw potential, but what if i dont live up to it!
    Im still terrified im not going to get qts at the end of all of this, but i figure theyd tell me if that was a possibility?
    I'd imagine that if you are passing at this point, you can only get better right? Don't worry about not passing, you will unless there is some major problem with your teaching (which you would already know about).

    You've already got a job so a school has seen potential in you! It is a lot of pressure to prove yourself but once you start your nqt year you will wonder what you were worrying about. Yeah it's stressful but it's also a lot more natural - you have your own classes, maybe your own classroom and you develop a proper teacher persona. You'll be fine!

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    (Original post by outlaw-torn)
    I'd imagine that if you are passing at this point, you can only get better right? Don't worry about not passing, you will unless there is some major problem with your teaching (which you would already know about).

    You've already got a job so a school has seen potential in you! It is a lot of pressure to prove yourself but once you start your nqt year you will wonder what you were worrying about. Yeah it's stressful but it's also a lot more natural - you have your own classes, maybe your own classroom and you develop a proper teacher persona. You'll be fine!

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    Thanks, this really helps to read.
    Ive had some issues with behaviour with one of my y9 groups and some issues with pace but ive been averaging 2b's with the occasional 3a and 2a thrown in. I think the issues with behaviour have just dented my confidence. I guess its just a case of continuing to practice and hopefully i can stop the 3's from popping up occasionally.
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    (Original post by Ratchit99)
    Thanks, this really helps to read.
    Ive had some issues with behaviour with one of my y9 groups and some issues with pace but ive been averaging 2b's with the occasional 3a and 2a thrown in. I think the issues with behaviour have just dented my confidence. I guess its just a case of continuing to practice and hopefully i can stop the 3's from popping up occasionally.
    Everyone has issues with behaviour. Even my HoD struggles with some kids. As long as you can show that you are trying to manage it as best as you can - then it isn't an issue! Just use behaviour systems at school, don't forget to use rewards (things like raffle tickets and prizes have helped me so much as an nqt) and never forget the power of a phone call home! You don't even have to ring all of the troublemakers parents, I've found that phoning the ringleaders parents works wonders

    Anything you find difficult - it's always just something to work on. As long as you show you are working on it then you'll be fine!

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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    Ugh, I'm feeling crap. Dreading tomorrow. Will be glad when the week is over and I'm back in the swing on things. I've had a total of three weeks off doing nothing, so I'm having to get back into everything!
    That's exactly how I feel! I've also had 3 weeks off, and have got used to going to bed much later than I can from tomorrow, so tonight should be interesting. Not looking forward to a week of pure observations, either - I'll be much happier when I'm spending most of my time planning/teaching (which I guess means I've chosen the right career XD).
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    Had an amazing weekend and now I'm feeling really anxious about school tomorrow D: doesn't help that I have this stupid essay due tomorrow night too.
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    (Original post by tory88)
    That's exactly how I feel! I've also had 3 weeks off, and have got used to going to bed much later than I can from tomorrow, so tonight should be interesting. Not looking forward to a week of pure observations, either - I'll be much happier when I'm spending most of my time planning/teaching (which I guess means I've chosen the right career XD).
    Yeah I'm getting the same feeling about observations. I don't particularly like teaching (at least I didn't in my first placement) but observations are SO boring, and there is so much other stuff I could be getting on with.
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    I feel like I am improving more on my second placement than my first one.I was on RI at the end of my first placement and now I am aiming for a 'Good'. I have a mentor who expects a LOT from me which can get a bit daunting at times, but having a 'strict' mentor makes me step up my game.

    Good luck to those who are starting second placement.
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    (Original post by Red Lightning)
    I feel like I am improving more on my second placement than my first one.I was on RI at the end of my first placement and now I am aiming for a 'Good'. I have a mentor who expects a LOT from me which can get a bit daunting at times, but having a 'strict' mentor makes me step up my game.

    Good luck to those who are starting second placement.
    I have the same feelings. Having someone who expects more and sees me as an equal to the rest of the teachers really helped me to step up and just get on with things. The bit that's stopping me from feeling completely teacherly is havinf to plan using the school's 10 minute lesson plan (it has all of the school's policies and tick boxes) and then swapping it over to the absolutely mammoth uni lesson plan forms afterwards.

    I've heard some people get signed off to use their school's lesson plan template at some point during this placement so my fingers are crossed that it'll happen soon!

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    (Original post by ParadoxSocks)
    I have the same feelings. Having someone who expects more and sees me as an equal to the rest of the teachers really helped me to step up and just get on with things. The bit that's stopping me from feeling completely teacherly is havinf to plan using the school's 10 minute lesson plan (it has all of the school's policies and tick boxes) and then swapping it over to the absolutely mammoth uni lesson plan forms afterwards.

    I've heard some people get signed off to use their school's lesson plan template at some point during this placement so my fingers are crossed that it'll happen soon!

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    My mentor wants all plans to be done 2 days in advance. It gets to the point where Im stressed out that I did not submit my lesson plan on a Saturday morning. During my first placement that was never the case, in fact I used to give my course-mates a funny look whenever they mentioned lesson plans as I did not even complete them(only for observations). Even I am surprised at my own progress!
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    (Original post by Red Lightning)
    My mentor wants all plans to be done 2 days in advance. It gets to the point where Im stressed out that I did not submit my lesson plan on a Saturday morning. During my first placement that was never the case, in fact I used to give my course-mates a funny look whenever they mentioned lesson plans as I did not even complete them(only for observations). Even I am surprised at my own progress!
    I just have to hand over my resources just before the lesson. I usually teach off of the 10 minute lesson plan and then write up the longer lesson plans when I get chance.

    I was a bit dreadful about getting them filled during placement 1 so I feel like I need to make up for it while I'm here :/
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    I might have my first pgce cry. Such a bad lesson, it was a double lesson and we did not get through half as I had to deal with constant misbehaviour. There was a case of a student being openly rude to me, I kept calm at all times(which was hard for me) and gave him a detention.

    I took away some feedback from the class teacher and i'll try my best and implement them asap. But it feel so frustrating that you plan for God knows how many hours and it goes all down the drain,it's like I myself down.

    Apologies for the ranting.
 
 
 
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