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    Hello everyone,

    I've been lurking here a while soaking up the advice so I thought I would post to say thanks for all the tips in here and the skills test threads among others.

    I was lucky with my application in that: all 3 offered me interviews; the 1st interview was at my 1st choice; they offered me the place there and then.

    For those going to interview the best tip I could possibly give is to be yourself (which everyone tells you anyway), fortunately I've had a bit of a career elsewhere and I always feel fairly relaxed in interview situations. When they offered me the place after the interview they said it was my honesty and openness which swung it for me. They explained they had several others previous to myself who had all the right answers to all the questions (spoilers - I most definitely did not get everything right), but they had no real presence on the presentation exercise or relied on a heavily scripted document they had drawn up.

    They're looking for the passion you have for your specialism, the way you can interact with students (try to make them laugh with something relevant, it will put you and them at ease), how you will fit into their school (ask about extra-curricular activities they run and that you would like to be a part of). However perhaps most importantly, and something some seem to forget, they're looking for a potential colleague. Trainee or no you will be working along side these teachers and staff for an entire busy year. They're not looking for an autonomous super-teacher trainee they want a human being prepared to learn and share and even have a laugh with, faults and all.
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    gentlegiant, what happened? I thought you had a placement?
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    (Original post by Ripples123)
    Congrats on getting offers.
    I am yet to apply for the school direct PGCE 2016. Just a quick query
    how do you go for your choices.... Did you go though any review about any?

    Thanks
    Thank you. In terms of how I made my choices, I based it on location and what I knew of the school. Two of my choices I had already heard of the schools. Plus currently working in a school, I know people who know those schools well. The other was based on what they required from an applicant. I'd say have a look on their website. If they are local schools and you know people who attended themselves or send their kids there you could ask them.

    I hope this helped; (also always rely on your gut, you'll know which place is for you.)
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    (Original post by gizmodo)
    gentlegiant, what happened? I thought you had a placement?
    Yep I had an offer which I accepted which turned into a conditional on the basis that I am was successful at a second pgce interview. My advisor from the teaching agency was furious with the outcome as from what he informed me, they cannot make an offer conditional on the basis of getting passing a pgce interview due to the fact that you can go onto school direct places which only offer QTS.

    I passed him the email I received with feedback from the provider and I swear he burst a blood vessel.

    It doesn't change anything for me, it's just something else to make me prove it to myself that I can do something which I enjoy doing.

    I have entered into apply 2 and awaiting on an interview date, with my present situation and my determination I will keep on applying until the final bell and start back up in November.
    You could say I have been bitten by the teaching bug.
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    gentlegiant, so sorry this has happened Cannot believe it. I have to admit I don't feel "safe" until I start day one. I wonder if I'd feel differently if I were doing a university PGCE. Keep us posted and good luck
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    Hi everyone, so pleased I found this thread! I've been offered a conditional place at an academy, teaching secondary school Maths, I've accepted it, and I'm very excited!! I've passed the QTS and i'm on course for that coveted 2:1, so all is looking well

    Its the SD Salaried route, with PGCE from Uni of Chester. I've had lots of documentation through from the Uni, asking for my GCSE certs, and a health questionnaire etc. But I am yet to hear anything from the school, I just know they've confirmed my place through the UCAS and I left my details with the lady who deals with the contracts.

    Has anyone else who has been accepted had their contracts or the DBS forms yet? Its coming up to my exam time, and I dont want to have a big DBS form to fill in quickly and add to the stress of 2 exams on the same day to prep for. I also dont know my salary yet. That's not a huge problem but being a maths graduate, I like to plan my future budgets and decide what car I can afford
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    Congratulations!

    I'm SCITT (not salaried). I've completed my DBS a while ago - just after Easter, but not heard back from it. I've got a couple of induction days to go to in June. I would think as a salaried place you will go to the induction day for new teachers at your school. From my (limited) experience of working in schools, these tend to be towards the end of the summer, June/July.

    There are Facebook groups forming, some subject specific ones. The generic one is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TeacherTraining1617/
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    Thanks for replying I've joined that group and am now searching for groups that may be more specific. I've not been told about any induction day before summer, or anything similar. They did mention that I may need to come in at the end of August to get my security pass for the school and meet with my mentor, but heard nothing since. I have emailed the programme director and she will get in touch with HR to find out any more information for me. I've so absorbed in my exam prep time has flown and now I'm panicking! Lol xx
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    I am late to this thread and late applying, only just got the UCAS forms in for SD salaried. My top choice initially said they were unlikely to have a place, but phoned back last week as they have decided their candidates are unsuitable and have asked me to do 2 days' work experience there to see if I fit into the department. A bit worried but will have to see how it goes....
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    I've got my place with schools direct now in primary education, but how the effing Jeff do we go about applying for student finance with this? Should I have done it a long time ago?
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    (Original post by BenParker1992)
    I've got my place with schools direct now in primary education, but how the effing Jeff do we go about applying for student finance with this? Should I have done it a long time ago?
    Hi Go onto SFE and make a new application, as I assume you did for your undergrad course. There's an option for 'teacher training'. Do it asap! SFE are notoriously slack and slow with these things. Good luck!
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    (Original post by benion)
    I am late to this thread and late applying, only just got the UCAS forms in for SD salaried. My top choice initially said they were unlikely to have a place, but phoned back last week as they have decided their candidates are unsuitable and have asked me to do 2 days' work experience there to see if I fit into the department. A bit worried but will have to see how it goes....
    Ooh, have you done it? How did it go?
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    So does anyone have any ideas on how we should prepare for the course?

    I have two induction days (one with the uni, one with the school) and I have been asked to complete a form about my existing experience and what I hope to build on

    Other than that, I have bought a great book called 'Sensory Stories' which guides you through delivering a story i a multi-sensory way (great for pupils with sensory processing issues). I also plan to get some more books (my degree is in English lit, I'm a bookworm haha!)

    Any more ideas?
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    Hi I got a computer science interview this week and wanted some pointers or to see if you or any one had to do anything similiar.The format is as follows :· Group discussion with interview panel and other candidates· 15-minute generic written task (hidden until the day, no preparation required)· 30-minute subject specific written task (hidden until the day, no preparation required)· Individual panel interviews (including 5-minute starter exercise, see below)As part of your interview for Computer Science candidates, please prepare a 5-minute starter exercise on the following:· Describe the meaning of an algorithm for a Year 7 classAny advice will be much appreciated
 
 
 

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