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    To all applicants, particular primary:

    Are you ever put off or worried when teachers say don't go into teaching?

    I taught English in primary schools on my year abroad and loved it but ended up applying for secondary MFL. However, I sometimes think I'm making the wrong decision so I've been getting some primary experience. On my first day, the teachers said how they regret getting into teaching and as soon as they find a suitable job, they'll quit. One teacher said 'only go into primary teaching if you're prepared to have no life'.

    Every primary teacher I have spoken to has said not to go into primary teaching... it's not how it used to be and the actual teaching children has been ruined because of all the changes and paperwork they have to do.

    I managed to get a primary interview via a direct application and they know I've applied for secondary too. Athough I'm not completely put off by what primary teachers have said, it has worried me...

    I've read it's slightly less difficult to change from secondary to primary teaching than the other way round so I'm thinking of sticking with secondary... but I am really confused!

    What do people think? Do you have any advice?
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    I had a similar experience when I first thought about getting into teaching. I originally wanted to teach primary but after a term of work experience with ks3 classes I decided it wasn't the right age group for me. I have a place on a secondary english course and prefer teaching students who have their own opinions. The teachers I worked with said similar things, however I think as a new teacher you are of a different generation, and therefore have no experience of 'how it used to be'. I think if you are dedicated to the profession and have a passion for teaching you shouldn't be put off by other people's experiences. My advice would be to follow your instincts and give it a go, because you can only really know what it's like after doing it yourself
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    (Original post by avs1289)
    I had a similar experience when I first thought about getting into teaching. I originally wanted to teach primary but after a term of work experience with ks3 classes I decided it wasn't the right age group for me. I have a place on a secondary english course and prefer teaching students who have their own opinions. The teachers I worked with said similar things, however I think as a new teacher you are of a different generation, and therefore have no experience of 'how it used to be'. I think if you are dedicated to the profession and have a passion for teaching you shouldn't be put off by other people's experiences. My advice would be to follow your instincts and give it a go, because you can only really know what it's like after doing it yourself
    Thank you for replying!

    I think my instinct would be to stick with secondary but carry on getting primary experience. I love my subject and my enjoy my secondary placement so I know I would regret it if I withdrew from secondary. I can always change in the future if I decide I made the wrong decision... it'll be really difficult but it's an option.

    Saying that, I'm still thinking about primary!

    I wish I preferred one!
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    Anyone got a place at mmu Crewe campus for early/primary PGCE? I just got an offer today! And looking to sort out accommodation up there asap


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    Hey, could I possibly PM a primary applicant? I have an interview at the end of the month and I'm completely confused - probably a sign that I should forget about it but it'll be good interview experience I guess!

    If you don't mind a random PM, please let me know!
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    (Original post by znh)
    Hey, could I possibly PM a primary applicant? I have an interview at the end of the month and I'm completely confused - probably a sign that I should forget about it but it'll be good interview experience I guess!

    If you don't mind a random PM, please let me know!
    Feel free to pm me. I went to an interview for general primary at UEA last year, which I didn't get on to, and went for one at Leeds Met this year and have accepted an offer. I'll try to be of help
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    (Original post by znh)
    Hey, could I possibly PM a primary applicant? I have an interview at the end of the month and I'm completely confused - probably a sign that I should forget about it but it'll be good interview experience I guess!

    If you don't mind a random PM, please let me know!
    PM if u like !


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    (Original post by _Totoro_)
    Feel free to pm me. I went to an interview for general primary at UEA last year, which I didn't get on to, and went for one at Leeds Met this year and have accepted an offer. I'll try to be of help
    (Original post by Fabay)
    PM if u like !


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    Thank you! I've sent a PM to both of you .
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    OK so I've got onto a course but is now the right time to sort out funding?

    Loan, grant, bursary - what do I need to do?

    My offer is unconditional but says its £9000 to pay

    Any help is much appreciated
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    (Original post by andy1234567)
    OK so I've got onto a course but is now the right time to sort out funding?

    Loan, grant, bursary - what do I need to do?

    My offer is unconditional but says its £9000 to pay

    Any help is much appreciated
    I believe Student finance applications are open now yes you apply through their website for both the tuition fee loan and the maintenance loan and grant.

    The bursary is dealt with through your uni. You should be asked to give your bank details at some point by September.

    Xxx

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    (Original post by znh)
    Hey, could I possibly PM a primary applicant? I have an interview at the end of the month and I'm completely confused - probably a sign that I should forget about it but it'll be good interview experience I guess!

    If you don't mind a random PM, please let me know!
    I'm going in for primary education, with MFL specialism. Starting my PGCE at Exeter Uni next year. I had a massive mental crisis about the whole thing but it's now passed, and I realize it's the only the only career I'm really interested in. Feel free to PM me.
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    (Original post by znh)
    Hey, could I possibly PM a primary applicant? I have an interview at the end of the month and I'm completely confused - probably a sign that I should forget about it but it'll be good interview experience I guess!

    If you don't mind a random PM, please let me know!
    You can PM me if you still want to talk to more people... I'm studying Early Years at Cambridge in Sept (provided I get a 2:1) but also had a general primary interview at Reading. Good luck with your interview anyway
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    In a bit of a pickle at the moment. Manchester Met have offered me an interview for later on in the month, but have said that it may potentially only be for a reserve place. I don't know whether to head over to England (I'm from NI) and pay the flights etc for potentially never getting onto the course anyway. I'm still waiting to hear back from a local university on whether I've been accepted or not.
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    (Original post by starryeyedkid)
    In a bit of a pickle at the moment. Manchester Met have offered me an interview for later on in the month, but have said that it may potentially only be for a reserve place. I don't know whether to head over to England (I'm from NI) and pay the flights etc for potentially never getting onto the course anyway. I'm still waiting to hear back from a local university on whether I've been accepted or not.
    That's a difficult one. I think maybe you should go for it as it might increase your chances of getting onto a pgce. Because, places may open later if e.g. people don't accept their offer or don't pass their skills test. And then you'll be given a place like before other applicants.. if that makes sense. I guess it depends on whether you hear from your local university first too. I had an interview at mmu and heard back really quick but my offer is only conditional..
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    (Original post by znh)
    Hi Becky! Congratulations on the offers!

    I think it'll come down to where you would prefer living and teaching, and which university you preferred.

    I'd definitely suggest making a pros and cons list for each offer!

    I haven't got much more advice other than that, sorry!

    Thank you for the advice

    I made lists and then just went with my instincts and chose Oxford Brookes. So as long as I pass the skills tests I will be started the primary PGCE there in September 2014.

    Anyone else going to Brookes? I can't find a specific group anywhere...
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    Is anyone waiting to hear back from Primary at UEL or has already been offered a place?
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    (Original post by znh)
    As long as there are places on UCAS, I'm guessing you can apply regardless of the date.

    Good luck!

    mANY THANKS for your reply
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    Good afternoon

    First of all, sorry if i do write in wrong place.

    I would like to ask for if someone could help me about the PGCE primary application please?
    The only reason why i do struggling because Im an international luckily form inside EEA (so hopefully got more possibilities about the application ).
    Still waiting for NARIC reply etc..
    Please if anyone could give any suggestion about the schools or whatever I would be really grateful!
    I`m just really stressful about it

    Many many thanks for your time!
    and Good luck !
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    Anyone going to Newman University for the primary PGCE, there's a Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1419243548335257/
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    My case is a bit long to explain ( my degree was obtained overseas and falls under agreed exceptions for pgce training bursaries). But basically I firmed my unconditional offer for a PGCE in MFL starting next September.
    I would like to discuss bursary matters with them since it's unclear at this point whether or not I'll be entitled to it. My concern is that I am not sure it is an appropriate conversation to have with them at this point.
    What would you do in my place: discuss it now or wait until I enroll?
 
 
 
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