Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    Well, I found out I will be recommended for QTS with a 'good' grade. Which is...ok I suppose? I went to look around a school which will be interviewing me next week and she asked what grade I got. Might have been my imagination but I didn't think she found 'good' very impressive . As one of the final few on my course with no job lined up I really feel like the tutors are pushing me to apply, interview, interview well (it is at least partly out of niceness/wanting me to do what's good for me...still feels like pressure though).
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    Oh blimey. Really put my foot in it. There was a job I mentioned recently that I was really interested in but I was on holiday when they were interviewing. Anyway they have contacted me and asked if they can interview me before I go. A good sign, don't get me wrong, but I've changed my mind about it! I said yes because my mentor and uni tutor recommended me and I would feel awful, it is jsut the location which I think is going to be slightly too far away. Half hoping I don't get it now... but at the same time don't want to let anyone down!
    Offline

    16
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Airfairy)
    Oh blimey. Really put my foot in it. There was a job I mentioned recently that I was really interested in but I was on holiday when they were interviewing. Anyway they have contacted me and asked if they can interview me before I go. A good sign, don't get me wrong, but I've changed my mind about it! I said yes because my mentor and uni tutor recommended me and I would feel awful, it is jsut the location which I think is going to be slightly too far away. Half hoping I don't get it now... but at the same time don't want to let anyone down!
    What made you change your mind? Did you realise the distance when you were interested in it?
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Samus2)
    What made you change your mind? Did you realise the distance when you were interested in it?
    I didn't really put much thought into it because I knew that I could attend interview. I was annoyed becuase the school is amazing and I know I'd fit in, but I didn't even consider the location.

    It is about an hours drive. I could move there because it's nice but I wasn't planning on doing. I would still take it but I think an hour (50 miles) is pushing it a bit and it would be tough.
    Offline

    16
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Airfairy)
    I didn't really put much thought into it because I knew that I could attend interview. I was annoyed becuase the school is amazing and I know I'd fit in, but I didn't even consider the location.

    It is about an hours drive. I could move there because it's nice but I wasn't planning on doing. I would still take it but I think an hour (50 miles) is pushing it a bit and it would be tough.
    I definitely agree on it being too much to travel - that being said, my mentor does an hour drive a day. I know when I was on placement and doing 90 miles commuting a day, it sucked the life out of me.

    Will you go for it? If moving is a possibility, then the school could be ideal!
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Samus2)
    I definitely agree on it being too much to travel - that being said, my mentor does an hour drive a day. I know when I was on placement and doing 90 miles commuting a day, it sucked the life out of me.

    Will you go for it? If moving is a possibility, then the school could be ideal!
    Well I feel that I'm being a bit pre-emptive by thinking about it, but I would go to the interview. I sort of have to after everyone has recommended me for it. It doesn't mean I'd get it... but I'd feel I had to take it. So I guess I would!
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Airfairy)
    Well I feel that I'm being a bit pre-emptive by thinking about it, but I would go to the interview. I sort of have to after everyone has recommended me for it. It doesn't mean I'd get it... but I'd feel I had to take it. So I guess I would!
    It shouldn't be an issue. If you go and really love it then it's probably worth moving if that's sort of a possibility. If not you can say in the face to face interview, thank you very much for interviewing but, after consideration I feel that, combined with having to relocate, this isn't the right school for me at the moment and I wouldn't be the right candidate for the role at the minute.

    Xxx

    Posted from TSR Mobile
    Offline

    10
    ReputationRep:
    Handed in my QTS folder yesterday. Honestly, I can't believe it's all over.
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    To celebrate i went to download festival with my husband and my brother for the day, i've discovered that i am too old festivals......
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Ratchit99)
    To celebrate i went to download festival with my husband and my brother for the day, i've discovered that i am too old festivals......
    Nonsense. You're never too old for festivals.

    Posted from TSR Mobile
    Offline

    16
    ReputationRep:
    So at this stage of the course, I will be withdrawing from the PGCE. It has yet to happen officially, but it's unlikely that I will have any other option. Am currently looking at TA jobs but don't know how to explain my situation on an application form. It's all very stressful and the past week has been hell.
    Offline

    16
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by alabelle)
    So at this stage of the course, I will be withdrawing from the PGCE. It has yet to happen officially, but it's unlikely that I will have any other option. Am currently looking at TA jobs but don't know how to explain my situation on an application form. It's all very stressful and the past week has been hell.
    I am terribly sorry to hear this and particularly saddened that it all happened right at the very end. What has been said to you?
    Offline

    10
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by alabelle)
    So at this stage of the course, I will be withdrawing from the PGCE. It has yet to happen officially, but it's unlikely that I will have any other option. Am currently looking at TA jobs but don't know how to explain my situation on an application form. It's all very stressful and the past week has been hell.

    There were some people in my course who interrupted their PGCE and told they can redo their second placement at a different school next January. Maybe the same can happen to you.
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Airfairy)
    Nonsense. You're never too old for festivals.

    Posted from TSR Mobile
    My headache, sore hips and back would disagree with you! Lol.
    I don't think pregnancy has helped to be honest but definately think I'll be going at a more sedate pace than when i was 22 in future.....
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by alabelle)
    So at this stage of the course, I will be withdrawing from the PGCE. It has yet to happen officially, but it's unlikely that I will have any other option. Am currently looking at TA jobs but don't know how to explain my situation on an application form. It's all very stressful and the past week has been hell.
    I am so sorry. It seems so cruel and unfair at this late stage of the course. Why have they decided you won't be able to pass? At least if you aren't able to pass you know you will have fought right up until the end. It really is a shame as in your posts you have always seemed enthusiastic about teaching. In my opinion people who love teaching are nearly always good teachers.
    Offline

    16
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Carnationlilyrose)
    I am terribly sorry to hear this and particularly saddened that it all happened right at the very end. What has been said to you?
    Very little so far apart from that there is no way I could be signed off on the standards before the end of the year. I have been performing at a 3 bordering on a 2 for a while which nosedived to unacceptable when they moved me to a new school last week. That has been a horrible experience. I was in tears before (and during) my final observed lesson. I have an official meeting tomorrow.

    (Original post by Red Lightning)
    There were some people in my course who interrupted their PGCE and told they can redo their second placement at a different school next January. Maybe the same can happen to you.
    That is a possibility, but my tutors believe this would be pointless and I can't afford tuition fees or living costs.

    (Original post by bonniex123)
    I am so sorry. It seems so cruel and unfair at this late stage of the course. Why have they decided you won't be able to pass? At least if you aren't able to pass you know you will have fought right up until the end. It really is a shame as in your posts you have always seemed enthusiastic about teaching. In my opinion people who love teaching are nearly always good teachers.
    I do love teaching, but this past week has killed off any enthusiasm I had left. I will not pass because I have difficulties in front of a whole class, keeping them interested and being a big enough presence. All of this was linked to my confidence and as the pressure built up, I started to get worse rather than improve.
    Offline

    16
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by alabelle)
    Very little so far apart from that there is no way I could be signed off on the standards before the end of the year. I have been performing at a 3 bordering on a 2 for a while which nosedived to unacceptable when they moved me to a new school last week. That has been a horrible experience. I was in tears before (and during) my final observed lesson. I have an official meeting tomorrow.

    I do love teaching, but this past week has killed off any enthusiasm I had left. I will not pass because I have difficulties in front of a whole class, keeping them interested and being a big enough presence. All of this was linked to my confidence and as the pressure built up, I started to get worse rather than improve.
    I'm so very sad that this has happened, and as I said, especially that it has got so far. I wonder about the amount of support you have had that this should have all come to a head at the very end. However, I think from what you say that you may come to look back on this as a lucky escape, however painful it is now, and I'm sure it is very painful indeed. Teaching is not for everyone and wishing don't make it so, I'm afraid. I do wish you all the very best in finding a way out of this.
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by alabelle)
    x
    I'm so, so sorry to hear all this, alabelle. I really feel for you. Like Carnationlilyrose, I too wonder about the support you have had in order to cut it so fine.

    If you love teaching, perhaps look at other roles in education? I know you're already looking at TA jobs, which is good. Some of the TA3s and HLTAs earn a decent amount of money. Sure, it's pro rata, but you get all the holidays, evenings and weekends to yourself! I'm looking down that route even with a PGCE!

    Good luck for the future. xx
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    Can I have some advice? I've asked my mentor and TES and they have given different responses. This is all hypothetical...

    I have an interview tomorrow for a support tutor job. I do like the sound of it and the idea of having my own free time is nice. However, at some other point in the week (TBC) I have an interview at a lovely school that I haven't even applied for but got an interview based on recommendations. They are giving me a solo interview because I'll be on holiday for the actual interview date, so that's really nice of them.

    If I got offered the support job tomorrow and accepted, then got offered the teaching job afterwards, what do I do? I am totally stuck. My mentor has said it is acceptable to back out of a support job because it's non-teaching so one months notice. I, however, would feel terrible doing this, and it's at an excellent college where I don't want to ruin my name. However, I don't feel that I can back out of this teaching interview because my mentor has basically set it up for me.

    What do I do? TES tells me it is totally unacceptable to back out of any accepted job, regardless of if it's non-teaching, and I agree tbh, despite what my mentor says. I'd feel awful.
    Offline

    16
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Airfairy)
    Can I have some advice? I've asked my mentor and TES and they have given different responses. This is all hypothetical...

    I have an interview tomorrow for a support tutor job. I do like the sound of it and the idea of having my own free time is nice. However, at some other point in the week (TBC) I have an interview at a lovely school that I haven't even applied for but got an interview based on recommendations. They are giving me a solo interview because I'll be on holiday for the actual interview date, so that's really nice of them.

    If I got offered the support job tomorrow and accepted, then got offered the teaching job afterwards, what do I do? I am totally stuck. My mentor has said it is acceptable to back out of a support job because it's non-teaching so one months notice. I, however, would feel terrible doing this, and it's at an excellent college where I don't want to ruin my name. However, I don't feel that I can back out of this teaching interview because my mentor has basically set it up for me.

    What do I do? TES tells me it is totally unacceptable to back out of any accepted job, regardless of if it's non-teaching, and I agree tbh, despite what my mentor says. I'd feel awful.
    I would stick with the same advice on TES. I don't think it's acceptable to verbally accept a job in ANY sector and then back out of it.
 
 
 
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • Poll
    Will you be richer or poorer than your parents?
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

    Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

    Quick reply
    Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.