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    I feel the same as you guys because I will only be teaching KS5, and I have zero experience of teaching it on my PGCE. Sort of scared because I know they are too mature for most of the activities I'd plan for my PGCE.
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    I feel the same as you guys because I will only be teaching KS5, and I have zero experience of teaching it on my PGCE. Sort of scared because I know they are too mature for most of the activities I'd plan for my PGCE.
    You'd be amazed. The older the kid, the more they want to revisit childhood. The joy a bottle of bubbles can give to a class of Year 13s is one of the wonderful sights of nature...
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    Does everyone who is eligible for the bursary get it? I want to do physics so I'd be guaranteed to get £25,000? Like is there any catches
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    Yes, anyone who has a 2:1, 1st, Master's or PhD in a relevant subject gets the £25k bursary. It's £15k if you have a 2:2 and £9k if you have a 3rd with a B or above in A Level Physics. Anyone with a 2:2 or above can also apply for a scholarship with the Institute of Physics, which comes with the same £25k bursary, but you also get specialist mentoring and other opportunities from the IOE, too.

    There aren't any catches - schools are currently in desperate need of physics teachers so the government offers these incentives to attract suitable candidates. They adjust the funding every year but the bursaries for Physics are unlikely to be reduced.
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    (Original post by Pierson)
    Yes, anyone who has a 2:1, 1st, Master's or PhD in a relevant subject gets the £25k bursary. It's £15k if you have a 2:2 and £9k if you have a 3rd with a B or above in A Level Physics. Anyone with a 2:2 or above can also apply for a scholarship with the Institute of Physics, which comes with the same £25k bursary, but you also get specialist mentoring and other opportunities from the IOE, too.

    There aren't any catches - schools are currently in desperate need of physics teachers so the government offers these incentives to attract suitable candidates. They adjust the funding every year but the bursaries for Physics are unlikely to be reduced.
    An undergraduate masters (MPhys) counts as a masters right?

    Also do I need a B at a level? I'll be graduating with a masters from a physics course that requires A*A*A but for reasons I only have a C at a-level. Undoubtedly I'm good at physics
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    I'm a little unclear about how classifications work on courses like the MPhys so here's what the Bursary Guide says:

    Trainees who have achieved a distinction are eligible to receive the top tier bursary.

    Trainees who took an integrated Master’s but didn’t have a degree classification orpass/merit distinction, can be considered for the higher bursary, but the provider will havebe required to demonstrate that the trainee is of high quality. Trainees that did notcomplete the final year can be awarded a bursary based on their final degreeclassification on exit and the subject in which they train to teach.
    https://www.gov.uk/government/upload...-to-2016-2.pdf

    A Level results don't affect bursary eligibility unless you've got a 3rd.
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    Had an awful nightmare about one of my new classes not doing anything they're told and each ended up with a detention for messing about on their computers.

    I'm really starting to worry now
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    (Original post by ParadoxSocks)
    Had an awful nightmare about one of my new classes not doing anything they're told and each ended up with a detention for messing about on their computers.

    I'm really starting to worry now
    Let me tell you that at the start of every half term for 32 years, both my husband and I had anxiety dreams like this. It goes with the territory. Accept it and ignore it. Mine were always either about the class standing on the desks and refusing to get down, or my having to use a loo with no doors on a platform in the middle of the assembly hall.

    Embrace it. It means you're going into it with your eyes open and won't be caught off guard by thinking everything's going to be wonderful and therefore being unprepared.
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    (Original post by Carnationlilyrose)
    Let me tell you that at the start of every half term for 32 years, both my husband and I had anxiety dreams like this. It goes with the territory. Accept it and ignore it. Mine were always either about the class standing on the desks and refusing to get down, or my having to use a loo with no doors on a platform in the middle of the assembly hall.

    Embrace it. It means you're going into it with your eyes open and won't be caught off guard by thinking everything's going to be wonderful and therefore being unprepared.
    That makes me feel a lot better knowing it isn't just an NQT thing. I think with it now being less than a month, the full panic is really starting to kick in. Hopefully I can use those nerves to create good lessons!

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    Urghhh. The dodgy college I did my PGCE at finally responded to my MP (after nearly two months and two reminders). I got a copy the letter to on Friday again it was a load of lies; they'd actually changed their story from what they told me when I originally complained to them! I'm unsure what to do next. Is there any professional bodies I could ask for help? I've also applied to do an FE PGCE at a university in my boyfriend's town via clearance but waiting on the course leader from my degree to complete the reference. I've also applied for a Community Ambassador course starting in September if this PGCE falls through.

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    (Original post by ParadoxSocks)
    That makes me feel a lot better knowing it isn't just an NQT thing. I think with it now being less than a month, the full panic is really starting to kick in. Hopefully I can use those nerves to create good lessons!

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    I don't think a single one of my colleagues didn't have the same experience. There is a lot of truth to this:
    https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com...a7dcc47462.jpg

    But there are compensations, too, and I wouldn't have spent 32 years doing the job if that hadn't been the case.
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    (Original post by TunaTunnel)
    Does everyone who is eligible for the bursary get it? I want to do physics so I'd be guaranteed to get £25,000? Like is there any catches
    All you have to do is meet the bursary criteria set by the DfE and that's it
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    (Original post by TunaTunnel)
    Does everyone who is eligible for the bursary get it? I want to do physics so I'd be guaranteed to get £25,000? Like is there any catches
    Worth confirming with the provider to be sure, and you can ask them payment dates as well. When I called Teaching Line they said the institutions decide whether the eligibility criteria is met. While I don't think there's any ambiguity with secondary physics it's still good to double-check, from my own experience (long story) anyway.
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    (Original post by hana&feather)
    Worth confirming with the provider to be sure, and you can ask them payment dates as well. When I called Teaching Line they said the institutions decide whether the eligibility criteria is met. While I don't think there's any ambiguity with secondary physics it's still good to double-check, from my own experience (long story) anyway.
    So, I'd have to check with them once I have been offered a place? I'm doing an integrated Masters and the guide said I may be able to get the highest grant but my university needs to show i'm a good candidate. The disparity between getting either £25,000 or £15,000 is high :s
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    Have you applied yet? You can discreetly ask Admissions the question before applying just to be sure, especially whether they would accept your integrated Masters for the Master rate. Then apply to the more helpful providers. Also some Master's result may not come out in time for September start (like mine comes out end-October). My course (Primary with Maths) is different and there had been some changes to the bursary guidelines hence we were all confused, but Physics should be quite strict forward I guess? I think you can apply for a scholarship too for Physics?
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    (Original post by TunaTunnel)
    So, I'd have to check with them once I have been offered a place? I'm doing an integrated Masters and the guide said I may be able to get the highest grant but my university needs to show i'm a good candidate. The disparity between getting either £25,000 or £15,000 is high :s
    Are you doing an integrated MA at a UK uni (Postgrad Masters), or at a Scottish uni (undergrad Masters) ?
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    (Original post by TunaTunnel)
    So, I'd have to check with them once I have been offered a place? I'm doing an integrated Masters and the guide said I may be able to get the highest grant but my university needs to show i'm a good candidate. The disparity between getting either £25,000 or £15,000 is high :s
    The guide isn't worded very well - there are specific circumstances when the university would have to demonstrate that you are a high quality candidate to get the top bursary, for example if your degree doesn't come with a classification or if you performed poorly. What classifications can you get on your course? What are you predicted to get? Is there a separate classification for the undergraduate part of the course?
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    (Original post by Pierson)
    The guide isn't worded very well - there are specific circumstances when the university would have to demonstrate that you are a high quality candidate to get the top bursary, for example if your degree doesn't come with a classification or if you performed poorly. What classifications can you get on your course? What are you predicted to get? Is there a separate classification for the undergraduate part of the course?
    I'm predicted to be on the 2:1/2:2 borderline after my masters. For the undergraduate (BSc) I have a 2:2 but the once I've done the masters year the overall classification comes from the weighed masters award.
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    My guess is that as long as you get some sort of master's award then you would be eligible for the top bursary, but I would contact the Teaching Line for clarification. They run an online chat service on the DfE Get into Teaching site.
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    Woooohooooo! My UCAS Track has finally been updated to unconditional

    Can I now call myself a current PGCE student?

    I have had my DBS back too so there is absolutely nothing left to do, except sit and wait for my course information to roll in
 
 
 
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