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    It's a very tricky situation. I'm a great advocate of honesty being the best policy and I think I would have to explain the situation to the first place and take a risk.
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    (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.



    That is a possibility, but my tutors believe this would be pointless and I can't afford tuition fees or living costs.


    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 so sorry to hear this. Your genuine passion has always come through in your posts and I feel annoyed for you that you're finding this out so late.

    Best of luck for the future - please keep posting to let us know how you're doing
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    Is anyone else a complete mix of emotions as the last week begins? Five teaching days left, a lot of marking, but that's it - that's the end of what can only be described as the most difficult year of my life so far.
    I've laughed and enjoyed myself more than I ever have and I've also cried and felt like quitting more than I ever have.

    After getting my final report and comparing it to my first report, I cried, because the progress that I've made and not even really realised is insane.

    I'm so so excited for NQT but I also don't want to leave my placement school. I'm scared about starting in a new school and having to make new friends again, I'm scared I'm going to suck, I'm scared that I won't be good enough - but, I'm excited. I'm excited to have my own classroom and my own classes. I'm excited to teach how I want to and I'm excited to put everything I've learnt from this year into practice.


    Couldn't also have done it without this thread too, having people around to offer support and share in the highs and the lows has been incredible.

    I'm going to be an emotional wreck on friday.
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    (Original post by Samus2)
    Is anyone else a complete mix of emotions as the last week begins? Five teaching days left, a lot of marking, but that's it - that's the end of what can only be described as the most difficult year of my life so far.
    I've laughed and enjoyed myself more than I ever have and I've also cried and felt like quitting more than I ever have.

    After getting my final report and comparing it to my first report, I cried, because the progress that I've made and not even really realised is insane.

    I'm so so excited for NQT but I also don't want to leave my placement school. I'm scared about starting in a new school and having to make new friends again, I'm scared I'm going to suck, I'm scared that I won't be good enough - but, I'm excited. I'm excited to have my own classroom and my own classes. I'm excited to teach how I want to and I'm excited to put everything I've learnt from this year into practice.


    Couldn't also have done it without this thread too, having people around to offer support and share in the highs and the lows has been incredible.

    I'm going to be an emotional wreck on friday.
    It's an emotional job. I'm retiring in 3 weeks. I imagine I shall be sharing some of those feelings...
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    (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 agree that you shouldn't accept then change your mind. Having said that, in other sectors there isn't generally an offer on the same day and you aren't necessarily expected to respond straight away like you are with teaching.

    With that in mind I would suggest explaining that you have another interview this week and would appreciate the opportunity to experience both before making a decision. As far as I can gather in most sectors this is normal and doesn't reflect badly on you... If you're right for the role they'll still want you. The only question mark is whether, since they're a school, they expect the same as for teaching roles.

    Your mentor is right about the notice period allowing you to leave (if you verbally accepted a teaching job you'd technically be in contract to the following Christmas though few would fight someone who changed their mind just after accepting) but that isn't the concern here. It's about etiquette.

    Having said all that if you're only going to the other interview so as not to disappoint your mentor, I'd say just take the support one if you like it. Obviously that's a decision only you can make though!

    Xxx

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    Thanks everyone. The school messaged me today (would you believe this has all been over Facebook?!) asking if they can interview me on Friday. I said Friday is fine but if I have an interview today and if I get that that I won't be attending on Friday (obviously), and I'll let them know asap. Since today's interview is a support job, I don't know how long it takes to hear but I hope it's soon then I can tell the school as soon as poss and not mess them around by telling them the day before!
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    (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'm currently in school and only have a couple of seconds but I just wanted to give you massive hugs. This absolutely sucks right now but it'll work out fine in the end. Everything always does.
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    Thank you everyone, I appreciate your messages. Going for my official meeting today. Still hoping there is a way of resolving this but sincerely doubt it too. I think talking to careers would be a good idea.
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    (Original post by alabelle)
    Thank you everyone, I appreciate your messages. Going for my official meeting today. Still hoping there is a way of resolving this but sincerely doubt it too. I think talking to careers would be a good idea.
    Let us know how you get on.
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    Just had my interview. I really wanted this job but the interview went really badly. I'm feeling really low right now
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    This job interview I have on Friday is the one where I'm on holiday for the actual thing. They have given me an interview on my own on Friday and been so good and eager to interview me...but I don't want to go now. I don't really want to talk about why, but I'm trying to think of an excuse but feel awful because they've really gone out of their way.

    I was thinking of saying that the travelling will be too much as I wanted to relocate but now can't. This is true but not the only reason. Do you think they will understand or be annoyed?

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    (Original post by Carnationlilyrose)
    Let us know how you get on.
    I have 48 hours to withdraw or be failed. There was no opportunity to discuss this really. They were clear these were my only options.
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    Just had my interview. I really wanted this job but the interview went really badly. I'm feeling really low right now
    Good luck. I'm sure it wasn't as bad as you thought.
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    (Original post by alabelle)
    I have 48 hours to withdraw or be failed. There was no opportunity to discuss this really. They were clear these were my only options.
    That is pretty unequivocal, I must say. Once again, I am very sorry. I can say no more, really.
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    (Original post by Carnationlilyrose)
    That is pretty unequivocal, I must say. Once again, I am very sorry. I can say no more, really.
    Thank you I'm going to explore every other possible avenue now. I was hoping there would be more discussion about what I could do now but they have washed their hands of me now. Have tried to arrange a careers meeting and they're going to get back to me.
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    (Original post by alabelle)
    Thank you I'm going to explore every other possible avenue now. I was hoping there would be more discussion about what I could do now but they have washed their hands of me now. Have tried to arrange a careers meeting and they're going to get back to me.
    I really don't like how they seem to have basically just chucked you out with no support or advice or anything. It's not acceptable really. I'm sorry how it's all worked out. Is there a careers advisor or anything at uni you can talk to?
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    I really don't like how they seem to have basically just chucked you out with no support or advice or anything. It's not acceptable really. I'm sorry how it's all worked out. Is there a careers advisor or anything at uni you can talk to?
    I'm trying to arrange a telephone appointment with them but haven't got a date for one yet.

    I'm also going to apply to any local TA jobs.
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    (Original post by alabelle)
    I'm trying to arrange a telephone appointment with them but haven't got a date for one yet.

    I'm also going to apply to any local TA jobs.
    I second what everyone else has said that I'm sorry to hear about this happening, and I think it's pretty bad that your institution has allowed this to suddenly spiral. I'd also question their plan of moving you for one week to a new school when you're already stressed and expecting you to suddenly become more confident.

    I suspect confidence coupled with a lack of proper support has a lot to do with you not having demonstrated he standards to their satisfaction so far so try to remind yourself of your achievements. To have been rated two in some things shows you have strengths. Keep focussed on these in whatever you move in to. If you work as a TA your passion along with what you've learnt will hopefully make you a very good one.

    Best of luck.

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    (Original post by kpwxx)
    I second what everyone else has said that I'm sorry to hear about this happening, and I think it's pretty bad that your institution has allowed this to suddenly spiral. I'd also question their plan of moving you for one week to a new school when you're already stressed and expecting you to suddenly become more confident.

    I suspect confidence coupled with a lack of proper support has a lot to do with you not having demonstrated he standards to their satisfaction so far so try to remind yourself of your achievements. To have been rated two in some things shows you have strengths. Keep focussed on these in whatever you move in to. If you work as a TA your passion along with what you've learnt will hopefully make you a very good one.

    Best of luck.

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    Definitely agree with this. It seems a bit of a rum do all round.
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    (Original post by kpwxx)
    I second what everyone else has said that I'm sorry to hear about this happening, and I think it's pretty bad that your institution has allowed this to suddenly spiral. I'd also question their plan of moving you for one week to a new school when you're already stressed and expecting you to suddenly become more confident.

    I suspect confidence coupled with a lack of proper support has a lot to do with you not having demonstrated he standards to their satisfaction so far so try to remind yourself of your achievements. To have been rated two in some things shows you have strengths. Keep focussed on these in whatever you move in to. If you work as a TA your passion along with what you've learnt will hopefully make you a very good one.

    Best of luck.

    XXX
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    (Original post by Carnationlilyrose)
    Definitely agree with this. It seems a bit of a rum do all round.
    Yeah I found it very hard being moved and the new school. While it was outstanding they had a very different way of doing things and I was expected to plan independently after just two days. It was never going to work. I wanted to discuss this in the meeting today but it was very clearly not up for discussion. I think it's a shame they moved me because I was beginning to feel really confident in my placement school.
 
 
 
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