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    I lived in London for my undergrad degree and loved it. I was living purely off student finance and the UCL bursary and could afford to live within about half hour of uni (I lived in Kentish Town and Finsbury Park).


    I couldn't have afforded to live there for a pgce, because the government bursary (£4k) wouldn't have added enough to my student finance. But if you have the money I'd definitely advise living in London.

    I don't know anything about the PGCE there unfortunately, except that unless it has a different grading system you don't "get an A". If it's like my pgce, you get a Ofsted style grade (1-4). Allegedly at my uni anything above a 3 is a pass (that came from other students, not tutors), but obviously most people are aiming for and get 2s, with some 1s.
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    I have secured a job in september as a reception class teacher and am currently on placement there in Y1.
    However I am finding it so hard. My family are suffering because I am always nackered and working or can't switch my mind off. I just keep crying because it all feels like such a mess.
    I feel like I have no choice but to carry on because I would be letting the school down if I backed out now, but I feel like I can't continue like this.
    I also don't know what I'd do if I did back out. I just want to be a full time Mum but that isn't financially viable.
    Got to plan maths tonight and just want to spend time with my hubby.
    Really fed up.
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    (Original post by Pineapple pie)
    I have secured a job in september as a reception class teacher and am currently on placement there in Y1.
    However I am finding it so hard. My family are suffering because I am always nackered and working or can't switch my mind off. I just keep crying because it all feels like such a mess.
    I feel like I have no choice but to carry on because I would be letting the school down if I backed out now, but I feel like I can't continue like this.
    I also don't know what I'd do if I did back out. I just want to be a full time Mum but that isn't financially viable.
    Got to plan maths tonight and just want to spend time with my hubby.
    Really fed up.
    Coming to the end of your placement it can always feel like you are running out of steam - don't worry! You have done so well getting this far.
    Once you have started your job you settle in to things. Even though NQT year can be tough, push through it!!
    I am in my 4th year of teaching now. At certain times of the year workload is immense and I find myself working in to all hours of the night.
    However, the majority of the time I finish my work at school around 5-6pm and then I go home and not do anything school related.
    With children it is trickier if you need to pick them up etc. but you can still be strict with yourself and say you will do a maximum of 1 hour when you get home and then not do anything school related.
    The more experience you get, the quicker you are at getting tasks done.
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    Does any one know if I apply to PGCE course to a school direct or SCITT which they have partnership with universities and I was unsuccessful, does that mean no point of applying to another school which is under the same university ? or each school treat each application and interview separate ?
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    so does the university ?
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    (Original post by meme12)
    Does any one know if I apply to PGCE course to a school direct or SCITT which they have partnership with universities and I was unsuccessful, does that mean no point of applying to another school which is under the same university ? or each school treat each application and interview separate ?
    I would imagine it's fine to apply again. Each school will have different things they're looking for in their trainees, and not getting accepted to one certainly doesn't mean you aren't right for the uni.

    However, if you've had an interview with the uni itself, as well as the school, it might be worth asking for some feedback as they may say something which could let you know.

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    (Original post by Pineapple pie)
    I have secured a job in september as a reception class teacher and am currently on placement there in Y1.
    However I am finding it so hard. My family are suffering because I am always nackered and working or can't switch my mind off. I just keep crying because it all feels like such a mess.
    I feel like I have no choice but to carry on because I would be letting the school down if I backed out now, but I feel like I can't continue like this.
    I also don't know what I'd do if I did back out. I just want to be a full time Mum but that isn't financially viable.
    Got to plan maths tonight and just want to spend time with my hubby.
    Really fed up.
    You always have a choice. Your mental health is important, and you shouldn't have to feel like that because of your job.

    Having said that, do bear in mind that NQT year is usually very different from the PGCE. You have charge of your class, which although it sounds like lots more work (and in ways, it is) it's also easier as you're working to you, not someone else. You get more experience of planning much more quickly and it helps you become quicker at it very fast!

    Also, I know it varies from person to person, but I find earlier years much quicker and more intuitive to plan for (and behaviour management and assessment too!). How did you feel on your Early Years placement? If you feel more at home in Early Years that will make a big difference.

    Lastly, it sounds like setting aside some time to spend with your family, not thinking about work, would really help. I know that's way easier said than done, but worrying about work is not helping the work get done, it's just intruding on the family time and making you exhausted. Maybe try mindfulness/meditation or something to get your mind off it before you start the time with your family. I like slowly thinking about each part of my body from toes upwards and becoming aware of it. It can really focus you away from thoughts and worries (I know it sounds a bit wishy washy but worth a try!).



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    (Original post by kpwxx)
    I would imagine it's fine to apply again. Each school will have different things they're looking for in their trainees, and not getting accepted to one certainly doesn't mean you aren't right for the uni.

    However, if you've had an interview with the uni itself, as well as the school, it might be worth asking for some feedback as they may say something which could let you know.

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    Thank you for the reply, when the universities and schools stop accepting new applications ?
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    (Original post by meme12)
    Thank you for the reply, when the universities and schools stop accepting new applications ?
    There's no set date - it varies from place to place, but if you're applying for this year I'd recommend ASAP.
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    (Original post by kpwxx)
    You always have a choice. Your mental health is important, and you shouldn't have to feel like that because of your job.

    Having said that, do bear in mind that NQT year is usually very different from the PGCE. You have charge of your class, which although it sounds like lots more work (and in ways, it is) it's also easier as you're working to you, not someone else. You get more experience of planning much more quickly and it helps you become quicker at it very fast!

    Also, I know it varies from person to person, but I find earlier years much quicker and more intuitive to plan for (and behaviour management and assessment too!). How did you feel on your Early Years placement? If you feel more at home in Early Years that will make a big difference.

    Lastly, it sounds like setting aside some time to spend with your family, not thinking about work, would really help. I know that's way easier said than done, but worrying about work is not helping the work get done, it's just intruding on the family time and making you exhausted. Maybe try mindfulness/meditation or something to get your mind off it before you start the time with your family. I like slowly thinking about each part of my body from toes upwards and becoming aware of it. It can really focus you away from thoughts and worries (I know it sounds a bit wishy washy but worth a try!).



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    Thank you both so much. You are right and I do really appreciate your comments. My background is early years so I am far more comfortable with EYFS curriculum. Just need to stop worrying constantly.
    I do the "relax each body part" with my children when they can't sleep... maybe I should try it myself!


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    I'm doing a PGCE.

    I'm just wondering in terms of job applications who should I put as my references?

    Should they be my personal tutor on my course, a reference from a placement or a previous employer (I worked for a couple of years between undergrad and PGCE).
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    I put my tutors from the university , it's ok.
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    are you applying now?
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    Yes.

    I'm also wondering during half term is it best if I send the application in the post or is it best if I go into the school in person?

    I was wanting to meet some of the staff but I'm not sure if anyone will be there during half term?
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    you have to apply through UCAS
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    Which subject ?
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    https://www.ucas.com/ucas/teacher-training
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    you already did PGCE, either but you will not find anyone now half term, I think it's good if you put one reference from work and one tutor as reference.
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    So not even the school office staff will be in?

    I'm applying for a primary teaching post.

    Just to clarify I'm applying for the actual teaching position and not for the PGCE course so UCAS won't be necessary.
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    I don't think they will be , but why you don't give them a call Tuesday morning.
 
 
 
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