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    Hi guys. I begin my PGCE work experience tomorrow and I am a nervous wreck. I'm generally a very shy person, I feel like I have overcome this quite a bit in the past few months but I always get awkward on first days/meetings, I don't know how to act and interact properly. If anyone could give me any idea or advice on what the first day of work experience is like I'd really appreciate it. I just don't know what to expect.

    It's a 14 day placement, two days a week starting in nursery and ending in year 6. I'm starting tomorrow ate 8:30 with the staff briefing, I have no clue what to expect. Please help!
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    (Original post by Subat)
    Hi guys. I begin my PGCE work experience tomorrow and I am a nervous wreck. I'm generally a very shy person, I feel like I have overcome this quite a bit in the past few months but I always get awkward on first days/meetings, I don't know how to act and interact properly. If anyone could give me any idea or advice on what the first day of work experience is like I'd really appreciate it. I just don't know what to expect.

    It's a 14 day placement, two days a week starting in nursery and ending in year 6. I'm starting tomorrow ate 8:30 with the staff briefing, I have no clue what to expect. Please help!
    Hey, don't worry you'll be fine! The staff briefing is just the headteacher/senior staff announcing any notices, and then any other teachers chipping in about any issues. Its over within 20 mins and it's actually a nice time to interact with the teachers and let them get to know you a bit.

    It's completely normal to be nervous, you'll soon develop your own rhythm with the kids and colleagues so honestly don't worry
    On mine I was just observing teachers - it's really helpful to bring a notepad to make notes on their styles and what they're teaching. Also, I went around the class helping the kids and just making myself useful! If you're really nervous, just sit at the back and make notes, the teachers will think you're being really observant and dedicated haha!

    Good luck, it'll be fine I'm sure
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    (Original post by Descartes93)
    Hey, don't worry you'll be fine! The staff briefing is just the headteacher/senior staff announcing any notices, and then any other teachers chipping in about any issues. Its over within 20 mins and it's actually a nice time to interact with the teachers and let them get to know you a bit.

    It's completely normal to be nervous, you'll soon develop your own rhythm with the kids and colleagues so honestly don't worry
    On mine I was just observing teachers - it's really helpful to bring a notepad to make notes on their styles and what they're teaching. Also, I went around the class helping the kids and just making myself useful! If you're really nervous, just sit at the back and make notes, the teachers will think you're being really observant and dedicated haha!

    Good luck, it'll be fine I'm sure
    Thank-You

    The advice about taking a notebook is really useful, I hadn't thought of that!

    Did you talk the class teacher about going around the class and helping out, or did you just go ahead and do it? Sorry I know it seems like a silly question, but I'm just not sure

    Also at lunchtime where you in the staffroom? What's that like?

    Thank-You:hugs:
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    Does anyone know any good websites or templates which can assist us with the personal statement? Thank you!


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    Me too, lots of the teachers at the schools I've done experience in reckon schools direct is the direction teacher training in moving in. I've also heard of quite a few english pgce courses not being ran at all because the universities only got allocated places for schools direct. Sound like great choices! What sort of experience have you got?


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    Thank-You

    The advice about taking a notebook is really useful, I hadn't thought of that!

    Did you talk the class teacher about going around the class and helping out, or did you just go ahead and do it? Sorry I know it seems like a silly question, but I'm just not sure

    Also at lunchtime where you in the staffroom? What's that like?

    Thank-You:hugs:
    You're welcome On the first lesson I asked the teacher if it would be okay for me to go around the class and talk to some of the kids and she was more than happy for me to do so, in fact she encouraged it which is what most teachers will do. Towards the end, I just stopped asking the teachers and started doing my own thing because I felt comfortable enough to do so (you will do too!)

    At lunch, another teacher had bought me some food from the canteen and took me up to the staffroom and just asked me how my day was/general talk and then because you're new most teachers will come up to you and see how you're doing they were all once newbies so don't worry they know exactly how you feel! If you feel really awakward though or if no-one seems to be talking, just get your phone out and occupy yourself with that lol Xx
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    (Original post by amul1992)
    Me too, lots of the teachers at the schools I've done experience in reckon schools direct is the direction teacher training in moving in. I've also heard of quite a few english pgce courses not being ran at all because the universities only got allocated places for schools direct. Sound like great choices! What sort of experience have you got?


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    Ahh really? I might just substitute one of my choices for a school direct option then. Thanks, yours sound great too, esp Manchester - heard its amazing! I've got quite a varied experience, ranging from 0-19, doing tutoring/mentoring, teaching languages, working at community centres with youth. In terms of secondary, I've done 3 schools, but I'm worried that my experience isn't enough for a school direct placement. What about you?
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    (Original post by amul1992)
    Me too, lots of the teachers at the schools I've done experience in reckon schools direct is the direction teacher training in moving in. I've also heard of quite a few english pgce courses not being ran at all because the universities only got allocated places for schools direct. Sound like great choices! What sort of experience have you got?


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    It definitely is the way it's going at the moment, however, bear in mind that it's because that is the way the government (i.e. Gove) wants it to go, so they are changing the systems to try and get more school based training. Rather than because of a preference of trainees or a specific body of research saying it's better or anything like that.

    I'd personally recommend just going with the option that you feel suits you better. All the different options have pros and cons and it's important you're in the right path for you, which will be different for each individual. Of course having said that you don't have to make your decision now, so you may want to apply for both to give you a little more time to find out more and make a choice as long as you are prepared by the time you might get offers as then you will have a very speedy decision to make!

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    (Original post by Descartes93)
    Ahh really? I might just substitute one of my choices for a school direct option then. Thanks, yours sound great too, esp Manchester - heard its amazing! I've got quite a varied experience, ranging from 0-19, doing tutoring/mentoring, teaching languages, working at community centres with youth. In terms of secondary, I've done 3 schools, but I'm worried that my experience isn't enough for a school direct placement. What about you?
    They arent expecting you to have any more experience than what you need for the PGCE if you're applying for non-salaried schools direct. And you don't need to change your personal statement. I'm currently doing schools direct secondary english.
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    They arent expecting you to have any more experience than what you need for the PGCE if you're applying for non-salaried schools direct. And you don't need to change your personal statement. I'm currently doing schools direct secondary english.
    Ahh thanks for the info. Is there a way that you can attain a PGCE whilst still doing the schools direct?
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    (Original post by Subat)
    Hi guys. I begin my PGCE work experience tomorrow and I am a nervous wreck. I'm generally a very shy person, I feel like I have overcome this quite a bit in the past few months but I always get awkward on first days/meetings, I don't know how to act and interact properly. If anyone could give me any idea or advice on what the first day of work experience is like I'd really appreciate it. I just don't know what to expect.

    It's a 14 day placement, two days a week starting in nursery and ending in year 6. I'm starting tomorrow ate 8:30 with the staff briefing, I have no clue what to expect. Please help!
    I have mine tomorrow too and I don't think I've ever been this scared in my life! I've spent the day trying to google for what to expect and what's expected of me but there really isn't anything. I made myself a list of things to consider while observing (just so I don't look like a useless lump!) but I've managed to leave it at university.
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    I can't seem to find an answer to this question anywhere so thought some of you guys may have an answer!

    With regard to references, do your referees submit them themselves online? Or do they write them, send them to you and you submit them?
    I just wondered how it works because I am anticipating that it is going to be difficult to get hold of both my referees potentially, let alone get them to submit information correctly! (:

    Also, with regards to the second reference, I have worked in a school previously running an after-school club so I'm in two minds whether to ask the headteacher there to be my reference or to ask my volunteering mentor (who helped with the organisation of the after-school club and dealt with me throughout the year). Do you think having a reference from an actual school would be an advantage?

    So many questions - sorry! (:
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    (Original post by floralteapot)
    I can't seem to find an answer to this question anywhere so thought some of you guys may have an answer!

    With regard to references, do your referees submit them themselves online? Or do they write them, send them to you and you submit them?
    I just wondered how it works because I am anticipating that it is going to be difficult to get hold of both my referees potentially, let alone get them to submit information correctly! (:

    Also, with regards to the second reference, I have worked in a school previously running an after-school club so I'm in two minds whether to ask the headteacher there to be my reference or to ask my volunteering mentor (who helped with the organisation of the after-school club and dealt with me throughout the year). Do you think having a reference from an actual school would be an advantage?

    So many questions - sorry! (:
    They submit them themselves online. They get sent a username and password then log in and complete it. Easy peasy.

    Also, I would think having your reference from an actual school would be advantage, so choose that if you can.

    I went to see my uni personal tutor
    Today to ask if he will be my academic reference and he was a bit odd (never met him before) and just said if I write something rough myself he will give it a read and just use that if it's okay. So I'm basically writing my own reference...


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    They submit them themselves online. They get sent a username and password then log in and complete it. Easy peasy.

    Also, I would think having your reference from an actual school would be advantage, so choose that if you can.

    I went to see my uni personal tutor
    Today to ask if he will be my academic reference and he was a bit odd (never met him before) and just said if I write something rough myself he will give it a read and just use that if it's okay. So I'm basically writing my own reference...


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    Thank you! That makes sense, I just couldn't seem to find the info anywhere!

    I am envisioning the same thing when I get into contact with my old personal tutor. I had him for only my final year, saw the guy once. He won't even know who I am, let alone anything about my academic things apart from my grades. Considering maybe getting in touch with another tutor instead to see if they'll be more helpful.

    At least if you write your own you'll know it'll be good! (:
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    (Original post by Descartes93)
    Ahh thanks for the info. Is there a way that you can attain a PGCE whilst still doing the schools direct?
    Many schools direct courses award the PGCE. Upon completion of my course I will get the PGCE qualification and 60 masters credits.
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    (Original post by ParadoxSocks)
    I have mine tomorrow too and I don't think I've ever been this scared in my life! I've spent the day trying to google for what to expect and what's expected of me but there really isn't anything. I made myself a list of things to consider while observing (just so I don't look like a useless lump!) but I've managed to leave it at university.
    Just relax and try to enjoy it. I know it's daunting but you will by no means be the first person to come in on work experience, the teachers at most schools are well used to having people in for observations and volunteering stuff. It might feel as though all eyes are on you but I promise that won't be the case, teachers won't find anything out of the ordinary about having you around, they'll be used to it. If teaching is something you really want to do then it will show! And as far as knowing what's expected of you - most schools will have some sort of schedule arranged for you so don't worry. Just make sure you're friendly, enthusiastic and willing to get stuck in and I'm sure you'll end up having a great two weeks.


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    (Original post by ParadoxSocks)
    I have mine tomorrow too and I don't think I've ever been this scared in my life! I've spent the day trying to google for what to expect and what's expected of me but there really isn't anything. I made myself a list of things to consider while observing (just so I don't look like a useless lump!) but I've managed to leave it at university.
    Hi I didn't see your message last night. I know exactly how you feel, I couldn't sleep last night because of nerves! Are you doing Primary or Secondary? I'm doing Primary and despite my nerves I had a really good time today. I got some helpful advice from the teachers, was allowed to help with some marking, spent some time with a girl who had learning difficulties, she doesn't usually speak and their target for her for the week was to get her to talk and interact with other kids, while I was doing nursery rhymes with some of the kids she came and joined in which was amazing.

    I hope yours went well too
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    (Original post by Descartes93)
    You're welcome On the first lesson I asked the teacher if it would be okay for me to go around the class and talk to some of the kids and she was more than happy for me to do so, in fact she encouraged it which is what most teachers will do. Towards the end, I just stopped asking the teachers and started doing my own thing because I felt comfortable enough to do so (you will do too!)

    At lunch, another teacher had bought me some food from the canteen and took me up to the staffroom and just asked me how my day was/general talk and then because you're new most teachers will come up to you and see how you're doing they were all once newbies so don't worry they know exactly how you feel! If you feel really awakward though or if no-one seems to be talking, just get your phone out and occupy yourself with that lol Xx
    Thank-You so much for all your advice you helped me out a lot:hugs:

    You were completely right about everything. The teachers were more than happy for me to get stuck in, and definitely encouraged it. I had a good time interacting with both the kids and teachers.
 
 
 
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