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    On the UCAS experience section are you allowed to put arranged experience you have yet to complete? I have 8 schools (potentially more) lined up and wanting me, but I'd struggle to fit it all in if I get offered week long placements.
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    (Original post by adastraz)
    I've got some induction days next week at my new school, and whenever I think about them I feel kinda stressed and depressed, which is worrying me slightly for September. I am hoping its all related to nerves - being somewhere new, all the colleagues I have to meet, routines to learn, etc. My PGCE only finished last week, so I feel a bit resentful that I am experiencing 'stress' again so soon, even though these days *should* be exciting, and a chance to get a bit settled at the school. I feel ridiculous saying that I'm stressed about them, because I haven't even had to plan anything for them, it's all be organised by the school. I guess reality is sinking in about the step up to NQT. Please say that someone else feels something similar!
    Just wanted to update this, in case anyone next year reads it and is worried too, as I have finished my induction days. Just as everyone said, it was absolutely fine The staff were really welcoming, and I got used to the routines fairly quickly. It's great to have met my class already, and for them to have met me. It'll make the first few days a lot easier. Being given a key to the school really made me feel like a real teacher!

    I had a bit of a fright yesterday though... one of the children got a bad whack on the head during p.e. - the group continued with their game without me telling them it was ok, and she got hit, pretty badly. Obviously she went straight to the medical room, and had a note sent home. She seemed fine at the end of the day, and I rang her Mum to tell her what happened, so she could keep an eye on her. I kept thinking about it all night, in case she has concussion, or worse. I wish I was at school today, so I could see if she was in or not. I know I'm probably way over-thinking it, but it looked like such a knock
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    (Original post by TunaTunnel)
    On the UCAS experience section are you allowed to put arranged experience you have yet to complete? I have 8 schools (potentially more) lined up and wanting me, but I'd struggle to fit it all in if I get offered week long placements.
    It's fine to put down upcoming experience as long as you make it very clear that it's upcoming. I would say try to confirm where and for how long you'll be doing it before you apply, so that you can put this down (otherwise it will be a bit uncertain and might seem like none of it is definite).


    (Original post by adastraz)
    Just wanted to update this, in case anyone next year reads it and is worried too, as I have finished my induction days. Just as everyone said, it was absolutely fine The staff were really welcoming, and I got used to the routines fairly quickly. It's great to have met my class already, and for them to have met me. It'll make the first few days a lot easier. Being given a key to the school really made me feel like a real teacher!

    I had a bit of a fright yesterday though... one of the children got a bad whack on the head during p.e. - the group continued with their game without me telling them it was ok, and she got hit, pretty badly. Obviously she went straight to the medical room, and had a note sent home. She seemed fine at the end of the day, and I rang her Mum to tell her what happened, so she could keep an eye on her. I kept thinking about it all night, in case she has concussion, or worse. I wish I was at school today, so I could see if she was in or not. I know I'm probably way over-thinking it, but it looked like such a knock
    Don't worry about it too much! The main thing is that you stay calm and ensure she is checked at the time and that her parent/carer knows so they can keep an eye at home too. I worked in a nursery and, since they're still developing their motor skills, they do manage to fall and bump themselves or similar things quite often, however careful you are and however many 'risk assessments' you do. It happens. I'm sure her mum appreciated the call to make sure she was OK as well And I'm equally sure she was fine as well.

    Glad your induction went well!!!
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    (Original post by rach.elizabeth)
    Thank you Seems I've been given permission to put my feet up and catch up on tv!
    Definitely do that. I went ages without seeing any TV this year!
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    Anyone else going stir crazy? My future-wife works a 9 - 5 job and annoyingly was only part time until the week in finished my pgce so I'm bored half to death. I've been knitting but now my fingers are too sore to do that for much longer ( I can't even drive so I'm stuck out in the sticks with my in-laws.

    (Original post by alabelle)
    Definitely do that. I went ages without seeing any TV this year!
    I'm definitely with you on this. Finally getting around to watching Breaking Bad! My list of things to watch over summer is huge.

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    (Original post by ParadoxSocks)
    Anyone else going stir crazy? My future-wife works a 9 - 5 job and annoyingly was only part time until the week in finished my pgce so I'm bored half to death. I've been knitting but now my fingers are too sore to do that for much longer ( I can't even drive so I'm stuck out in the sticks with my in-laws.



    I'm definitely with you on this. Finally getting around to watching Breaking Bad! My list of things to watch over summer is huge.

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    I'm the opposite! I've been working in my NQT school and teaching since June 29th, so I'm super excited to finish term tomorrow! I've bought my self a playstation 4 as a treat to myself which arrives tomorrow so I'm gonna spend summer playing games and planning my sixth form lessons!
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    I told my college today that there's a good chance I'll need a few days off in September and I'm so glad I told them because they were amazing about it. They were really understanding and said it wouldn't be a problem.

    (Original post by Samus2)
    I'm the opposite! I've been working in my NQT school and teaching since June 29th, so I'm super excited to finish term tomorrow! I've bought my self a playstation 4 as a treat to myself which arrives tomorrow so I'm gonna spend summer playing games and planning my sixth form lessons!
    Off topic, but what made you decide to go for a PS4 rather than XB1? I am going to get one soon but I really don't know which one to go for.
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    I told my college today that there's a good chance I'll need a few days off in September and I'm so glad I told them because they were amazing about it. They were really understanding and said it wouldn't be a problem.



    Off topic, but what made you decide to go for a PS4 rather than XB1? I am going to get one soon but I really don't know which one to go for.
    I've had an xbox 360 for as long as i can remember but to be honest, I prefer the exclusives that are coming out on the playstation - I've been desperate to play the Last of Us and Uncharted. That's the only thing that sold it to me - that and the fact I could get the Batman limited edition ps4!
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    (Original post by Samus2)
    I've had an xbox 360 for as long as i can remember but to be honest, I prefer the exclusives that are coming out on the playstation - I've been desperate to play the Last of Us and Uncharted. That's the only thing that sold it to me - that and the fact I could get the Batman limited edition ps4!
    The last of us is immense. We got a playstation just to play it and it was worth it. Trying to get my missus to go for a ps4 but I think she isn't going to go for it now what she's working all of the time and it's only my home.

    I did manage to get my actual computer back today. It still all needs plugging in but it's nice to have her back after 18 months. And it's much easier to sneak a couple of components past my ladylove than hiding a new console

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    I don't get bored in free time. Maybe this is why I found it so stressful to give up so many hours to teaching! I can always find something to do. Sometimes I do really want to be with people and or get out of the house but I'm never lacking things to do to amuse myself.

    Xxx

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    (Original post by ParadoxSocks)
    The last of us is immense. We got a playstation just to play it and it was worth it. Trying to get my missus to go for a ps4 but I think she isn't going to go for it now what she's working all of the time and it's only my home.

    I did manage to get my actual computer back today. It still all needs plugging in but it's nice to have her back after 18 months. And it's much easier to sneak a couple of components past my ladylove than hiding a new console

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    It's worth getting then!? saw SO many good things about it and really wanted to play it. This is my well done for finishing the PGCE/getting a good job present to myself.
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    Anyone have an idea/know anyone who has experience with the oxford/cambridge PGCE interviews?
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    (Original post by ParadoxSocks)
    Anyone else going stir crazy? My future-wife works a 9 - 5 job and annoyingly was only part time until the week in finished my pgce so I'm bored half to death. I've been knitting but now my fingers are too sore to do that for much longer ( I can't even drive so I'm stuck out in the sticks with my in-laws.



    I'm definitely with you on this. Finally getting around to watching Breaking Bad! My list of things to watch over summer is huge.

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    No I love the free time and will be thrilled to only be 9-3 from September! My fiancé works all sorts of crazy hours as a nurse so I am just making things easier for us both by keeping the house tidy, cooking etc. couldn't do that on PGCE.

    Breaking bad is so good. I watched it while doing my dissertation during my degree! Slow to start but you get gripped towards the end.
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    Sorry to hijack the thread while you're looking forward to the summer holiday, I just want some of your opinions. As said in my other post, I've been battling with the uni for clarification on the bursary. It has come to the point that I've decided to contact NCTL myself to clarify. But regardless of the outcome, I wonder whether I should continue with the course.

    I fear that perhaps by chasing back and froth with the uni, they may view me as troublesome and may not be very supportive on the course. On one hand, I don't know whether my bitter resentment would have a negative impact on the course in general. On the otherhand, I've worked so hard to come this far and it'd be a big disappointment not to proceed any further, afterall there'll be no maintenace grant next year. I have firmed my offer so can't apply to any other course for this year, plus my colleagues are planning for my leaving meal next month!
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    (Original post by hana&feather)
    Sorry to hijack the thread while you're looking forward to the summer holiday, I just want some of your opinions. As said in my other post, I've been battling with the uni for clarification on the bursary. It has come to the point that I've decided to contact NCTL myself to clarify. But regardless of the outcome, I wonder whether I should continue with the course.

    I fear that perhaps by chasing back and froth with the admin + course director, they may view me as troublesome and may not be very supportive on the course. On one hand, I don't know whether my bitter resentment would have a negative impact on the course in general. On the otherhand, I've worked so hard to come this far and it'd be a big disappointment not to proceed any further, afterall there'll be no maintenace grant next year. I have firmed my offer so can't apply to any other course for this year, plus my colleagues are planning for my leaving meal next month!
    Just had a look at your posts on the other thread. What a bizarre situation! To me its quite clear that the bursary isn't available to primary courses that teach "only maths" because there are no such courses to my knowledge. To become a qualified teacher for primary you have to demonstrate an ability to teach across the core subjects and an understanding of lots of other things.

    The university shouldn't treat you badly or be any less supportive because of this, particularly once it's all sorted and they see that there is a bursary entitlement. The admin staff who handle your queries might not even have much to do with the actual course delivery anyway. This is all presuming you've been polite and helpful throughout your discussions

    However, only you can tell if its right for you. You say something about taking a chance with this provider... Did you already have concerns?

    One more thing is, make sure you're being honest wih yourself and be sure that you aren't using this as a reason to not do the pgce when it's actually something else that's worrying you.

    Xxx

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    (Original post by alabelle)
    No I love the free time and will be thrilled to only be 9-3 from September! My fiancé works all sorts of crazy hours as a nurse so I am just making things easier for us both by keeping the house tidy, cooking etc. couldn't do that on PGCE.

    Breaking bad is so good. I watched it while doing my dissertation during my degree! Slow to start but you get gripped towards the end.
    I live with my in laws so there's no cleaning, cooking or anything to do really. I've been living here for about 2 years and it's still a little awkward. I don't really get to do much. They're a bit traditional and very very organised so I just get in the way if I attempt to do anything. Super awks.

    I should hopefully finish breaking bad today can't believe I've watched the whole series in so little time. Almost embarrassing.

    (Original post by Samus2)
    It's worth getting then!? saw SO many good things about it and really wanted to play it. This is my well done for finishing the PGCE/getting a good job present to myself.
    It's definitely worth it. Make sure you have good speakers! It definitely helps. The storyline is good and definitely compelling enough to drag you through an absolutely terrifying world.

    (Original post by kpwxx)
    I don't get bored in free time. Maybe this is why I found it so stressful to give up so many hours to teaching! I can always find something to do. Sometimes I do really want to be with people and or get out of the house but I'm never lacking things to do to amuse myself.

    Xxx

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    I only have my in laws to be with. My friends are all in Nottingham or Manchester and have full time jobs so nobody is really around. future-wife has no sense of adventure so we don't really get to do much at the weekend either. Think I'll probably crack up over the break. I have knitting, gaming, Netflix and a metre long titanic to build but I'm more of an adventuring kinda girl.

    I have the boat too but I think supervision is required for that one

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    (Original post by kpwxx)
    Just had a look at your posts on the other thread. What a bizarre situation! To me its quite clear that the bursary isn't available to primary courses that teach "only maths" because there are no such courses to my knowledge. To become a qualified teacher for primary you have to demonstrate an ability to teach across the core subjects and an understanding of lots of other things.

    The university shouldn't treat you badly or be any less supportive because of this, particularly once it's all sorted and they see that there is a bursary entitlement. The admin staff who handle your queries might not even have much to do with the actual course delivery anyway. This is all presuming you've been polite and helpful throughout your discussions

    However, only you can tell if its right for you. You say something about taking a chance with this provider... Did you already have concerns?

    One more thing is, make sure you're being honest wih yourself and be sure that you aren't using this as a reason to not do the pgce when it's actually something else that's worrying you.

    Xxx

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    Thank you. It is extremely bizarre. I called Teaching Line at work who says the table on the website is the up-to-date information, but ultimately it is up to the providers to determine their course is eligible and arrange bursaries accordingly.



    The PGCE and the age-group is what I really want to do, having now completed my post-offer pre-course observation 'week', there is no doubt about it. Even if a pure primary maths course does exist, I wouldn't take it as that wouldn't be much use in mainstream schools. It's the provider that I'm starting to doubt, also a bit sick of being 'pushy' as normally I can be rather complacid.
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    Got my transcript today and it's so annoying seeing my award title as QTS instead of PGCE because of those essays . I haven't told my college about those, but they need to see my transcript so I guess I'll have to admit it!
    (Original post by ParadoxSocks)
    Anyone else going stir crazy? My future-wife works a 9 - 5 job and annoyingly was only part time until the week in finished my pgce so I'm bored half to death. I've been knitting but now my fingers are too sore to do that for much longer ( I can't even drive so I'm stuck out in the sticks with my in-laws.



    I'm definitely with you on this. Finally getting around to watching Breaking Bad! My list of things to watch over summer is huge.

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    I loooooove being bored. It's a luxury. I'm enjoying not having anything to do. Catching up on some missed out gaming time.

    (Original post by ParadoxSocks)
    The last of us is immense. We got a playstation just to play it and it was worth it. Trying to get my missus to go for a ps4 but I think she isn't going to go for it now what she's working all of the time and it's only my home.

    I did manage to get my actual computer back today. It still all needs plugging in but it's nice to have her back after 18 months. And it's much easier to sneak a couple of components past my ladylove than hiding a new console

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    I didn't like TLOS! I am the only person in the world who didn't though.
    (Original post by Samus2)
    I've had an xbox 360 for as long as i can remember but to be honest, I prefer the exclusives that are coming out on the playstation - I've been desperate to play the Last of Us and Uncharted. That's the only thing that sold it to me - that and the fact I could get the Batman limited edition ps4!
    That sounds like me. Got a xbox 360 when I was like 16, then I purposely bought a ps3 last year so I could play a long list of exclusives I'd been dying to play. Most disappointed me so it wasn't really worth it but at least I know now .
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    Got my transcript today and it's so annoying seeing my award title as QTS instead of PGCE because of those essays . I haven't told my college about those, but they need to see my transcript so I guess I'll have to admit it!

    I loooooove being bored. It's a luxury. I'm enjoying not having anything to do. Catching up on some missed out gaming time.


    I didn't like TLOS! I am the only person in the world who didn't though.

    That sounds like me. Got a xbox 360 when I was like 16, then I purposely bought a ps3 last year so I could play a long list of exclusives I'd been dying to play. Most disappointed me so it wasn't really worth it but at least I know now .
    QTS is all that matters. I was a bit miserable about my pgce not being a PGDE but I've made peace now. I haven't heard about my QTS bit yet. I'm going to worry until that turns up.

    I've done all of the gaming I wanted to do. I might have to buy myself a new console. I do now have my lovely gaming pc back (and it runs... woohoo!) so there's potential gaming in there. I think I'm just an outdoors kinda person and I don't handle being alone well so being inside with just my in-laws is a nightmare! And they totally judged me for not emerging from my bedroom until midday today.

    I've never met anyone who doesn't love it except for one of the assistant heads at my placement school he just couldn't get into it whereas I played it a couple of times in a week. I might replay the bioshocks (I wrote an absolutely amazing essay on the series for my undergrad and got a mark of 84% for it but haven't played it since because I couldn't stop analysing it.

    We did the same! We got a ps3 for that reason too. Dragging my missus over the next gen line is the hardest.
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    (Original post by ParadoxSocks)
    I live with my in laws so there's no cleaning, cooking or anything to do really. I've been living here for about 2 years and it's still a little awkward. I don't really get to do much. They're a bit traditional and very very organised so I just get in the way if I attempt to do anything. Super awks.

    I should hopefully finish breaking bad today can't believe I've watched the whole series in so little time. Almost embarrassing.



    It's definitely worth it. Make sure you have good speakers! It definitely helps. The storyline is good and definitely compelling enough to drag you through an absolutely terrifying world.



    I only have my in laws to be with. My friends are all in Nottingham or Manchester and have full time jobs so nobody is really around. future-wife has no sense of adventure so we don't really get to do much at the weekend either. Think I'll probably crack up over the break. I have knitting, gaming, Netflix and a metre long titanic to build but I'm more of an adventuring kinda girl.

    I have the boat too but I think supervision is required for that one

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    When doing an online course on play I found out about Mission: Explore.
    http://www.missionexplore.net/

    It's designed for kids really but I still think it's cool :P They have loads of 'challenges' in the local area to complete. Some very fun ones on there. It's meant to be about seeing the world from a different perspective to your normal one so could be pretty useful for teaching.

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