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    (Original post by steph_cook92)
    Had anyone looked at the health questionnaires we have to complete? I'm a bit worried because they ask whether you have had eczema before and I have had a small bout of it in the past, do you think this would stop me from getting a place?


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    I don't mean to laugh but I really don't think you need to be worried. If they got rid of every trainee teacher that had a bit of eczema/dandruff/pimple/wart etc then we'd have no teachers! You'll be absolutely FINE!
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    (Original post by sultanofswing)
    Has anyone accepted an offer at University of Leeds for primary?
    meeeee!!! just need to pass my numeracy test (8:30am tomorrow morning!) x
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    meeeee!!! just need to pass my numeracy test (8:30am tomorrow morning!) x
    good luck! its really not that bad! although not an ideal saturday morning!
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    I have an interview for Oxford and was just wondering if anyone else has had one and had to stay over because it says it will last till 6:30pm and I don't want to drive back up north that late. Can anyone recommend a cheap hotel close to the university ? Thank you !


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    (Original post by steph_cook92)
    Had anyone looked at the health questionnaires we have to complete? I'm a bit worried because they ask whether you have had eczema before and I have had a small bout of it in the past, do you think this would stop me from getting a place?


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    Blimey. I thought I was the biggest worrier about little things...
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    Hi guys, got a school direct place for secondary geography through university of Birmingham. Anyone else gonna be at birmingham?

    I've passed both skills tests so if anyone needs advice just ask!


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    (Original post by MS90)
    Have you heard from derby yet!?
    Have you?! :-)
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    (Original post by Esmeralda4)
    Have you?! :-)
    Ive had no response from them yet...but i think they are still dealing with people from apply 1 who applied before me haha...luckily while i wait ive been doing my skills tests i passed my literacy on thursday and got my numeracy on tuesday!!! I just hope they respond soon...cos the longer i wait the more other places fill up haha
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    (Original post by MS90)
    Ive had no response from them yet...but i think they are still dealing with people from apply 1 who applied before me haha...luckily while i wait ive been doing my skills tests i passed my literacy on thursday and got my numeracy on tuesday!!! I just hope they respond soon...cos the longer i wait the more other places fill up haha
    Congrats on your literacy and good luck for numeracy. :-)
    Hopefully you hear from Derby soon!
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    (Original post by Esmeralda4)
    Congrats on your literacy and good luck for numeracy. :-)
    Hopefully you hear from Derby soon!
    Fingers crossed the numeracy seems harder than the literacy purely cos of the mental bit...under pressure my mind will go blank hahaha
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    (Original post by kpwxx)
    Personally I'd go for a book. Can't go wrong with a book! Books are awesome and so good for learning.

    Go to a bookshop with a good stock of picture books and look through them, and find something you really like that they might not have seen before. Of course, them having seen it before is not an automatic fail or even close, but it's always nice to see something new and it shows that you have put some thought and time in to the choice, rather than grabbing the first Julia Donaldson book off the shelf.

    Personally, I would expect them to be looking for more general 'potential' over specific ideas (especially since they have been so vague about it). So for example... in an interview for a school I took the book 'Big' about a boy growing up, the first thing was just to read and discuss the book with them, and I 'brainstormed' how I would use it for discussing growth and change (making timelines, sequencing, comparing to others), family, measurement, different kinds of activities (like measuring people in popcorn, making measuring charts), talking about different places in the book etc etc, other books I might read with it like that one which has animal body parts to scale...

    Basically, choose a book and read it, start scribbling down ideas for things it might lead to and you'll soon find you have a nice list of activities that you could do or interesting discussions you could have/things the children might want to explore more based on the book.

    Of course, all this is from what I've seen. I know every uni is different so it's possible some may want more structure/more detail about one activity. So I'd recommend at least thinking through one or two of the ideas in more detail so you can expand on those if needed. It might be worth chatting to someone on the admissions team to find out more detail on exactly what they are looking for/would prefer. Explain that you have several ideas, but weren't sure if they were looking for a more general overview or a single idea explained in detail (to show you have thought about it).

    Good luck and remember, what they'll really want to see is your passion and commitment!

    xxx
    Thank you so much for this! I think probs end up going for a book and finding ways I can link into the curriculums.

    My other idea is a bit abstract but I thought about taking in a plain cardboard box or empty bottles to talk about the enabling environment and allowing them to engage in free play through exploring their imaginations. So they can do whatever they want with the boxes etc.. And I could talk about the cognitive benefits of this.. But I don't know if this is too basic lol.. Just my friend suggested it and it is something we've talked about on our course so I don't know what it would be like in practice

    Thank you!!xx


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    (Original post by Fabay)
    Thank you so much for this! I think probs end up going for a book and finding ways I can link into the curriculums.

    My other idea is a bit abstract but I thought about taking in a plain cardboard box or empty bottles to talk about the enabling environment and allowing them to engage in free play through exploring their imaginations. So they can do whatever they want with the boxes etc.. And I could talk about the cognitive benefits of this.. But I don't know if this is too basic lol.. Just my friend suggested it and it is something we've talked about on our course so I don't know what it would be like in practice

    Thank you!!xx


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    That sounds like a lovely idea. There is a lot you can link to boxes! Some nice books as well, and for more structured stuff or for older ones you could do some shared writing about what the box is, they could design their own boxes. The imagination stuff works right up through the age groups too with child-led topics... What is the box, what could be in it... See where they go!

    At the end of the day I'd go with something you're passionate about as it will show through

    Xxx

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    (Original post by MS90)
    Fingers crossed the numeracy seems harder than the literacy purely cos of the mental bit...under pressure my mind will go blank hahaha
    Remember you can afford to get a few wrong in the mental arithmetic and pick up the marks in the second section. I was convinced I had failed mine but somehow managed to get a pass!!
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    Conditional offer for CCCU! So so happy and relieved
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    Had my interview for PGCE in PE last week, and got a conditional offer!! But as there were no places left, I was recommended for school direct and got a place via that route. Anyone else got an offer for PE PGCE, I will be based at London Metropolitan University
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    (Original post by Esmeralda4)
    Remember you can afford to get a few wrong in the mental arithmetic and pick up the marks in the second section. I was convinced I had failed mine but somehow managed to get a pass!!
    Yeah yeah..63% is quite an achievable pass mark for the skills tests...like with literacy...cos i got 10 out of 10 on the spelling most times when practising etc. I could then afford a few mistakes in other sections!im good at maths so it should hopefully be fine!
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    Has anyone chosen Newman University in Birmingham?
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    Congratulations Samus2, brilliant news!! How did you hear, by email or through UCAS?? I'm still waiting and sooo nervous!
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    (Original post by Mgl)
    Congratulations Samus2, brilliant news!! How did you hear, by email or through UCAS?? I'm still waiting and sooo nervous!
    Thanks! I got an email from UCAS this morning to say something had changed
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    Just got two interview invites! One for secondary history at ioe and the other for secondary history at Leeds trinity! Very very nervous! Anyone else got an interview with either of these?
 
 
 
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