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    (Original post by Becca)
    Just a bit of advice, I would definitely go to all the interviews before deciding which job you want :yep:
    You can't do that unfortunately! At the end of an interview you will be asked "Are you a firm candidate?" If you say yes you are entering a verbal contract so basically, if they offer you the job you will say yes. If you say yes and then decline the job it is massively frowned upon and they will not be happy, especially as even getting short-listed is so hard at the moment.

    It is a massive dilemma, especially if you have a couple of interviews near each other and the one you like best is second!

    Here is TES thread with expert advice on this very topic: http://community.tes.co.uk/forums/t/650798.aspx
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    (Original post by smartarse1983)
    Is it becoming increasingly normal for schools to ask you to teach full lessons at interview? My Uni gave me the impression that 20 to 25 mins would be the norm, but of the 3 interviews I've attended, I've had to teach full hour lessons at all 3.
    I went to 5 interviews - did 3 full hours, 1x 30 min and 1x 20 min. The full hour ones are so much better, it ends up being more of a case of 'look at what I can actually do' rather than 'look at all these things I'm trying to cram into this small amount of time'.

    It's good of your uni to warn of the shorter lessons though, I guess. Hope they have given you tips on preparing for such lessons (nobody did for me!)


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    (Original post by myrtille)
    We've been told by the university that this isn't possible as you normally have to make a decision on the day. Apparently some schools might let you have 'til the following day to think about it but I doubt they'd let me have a week.

    To be honest, the first and second are the ones I'm most interested in anyway though, so fingers crossed!

    smartarse - For my first interview I was asked to teach a 40 minute lesson. The 3 I've got coming up are 25 minutes, 30 minutes and 1 hour. So there doesn't seem to be any particular rule to it.
    (Original post by balloon_parade)
    You can't do that unfortunately! At the end of an interview you will be asked "Are you a firm candidate?" If you say yes you are entering a verbal contract so basically, if they offer you the job you will say yes. If you say yes and then decline the job it is massively frowned upon and they will not be happy, especially as even getting short-listed is so hard at the moment.

    It is a massive dilemma, especially if you have a couple of interviews near each other and the one you like best is second!

    Here is TES thread with expert advice on this very topic: http://community.tes.co.uk/forums/t/650798.aspx
    Oh, how poo! I never actually went through a "normal" interview in the UK, so shows what I know. Although maybe it wasn't quite this bad even a few years back.
    Good luck with your interview(s), myrtille!
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    How do you all cope with the workload?

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    How do you all cope with the workload?

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    Haha this ^^^ well Blossom Hill and chocolate but still basic idea!

    I like watching trashy American telly to relax, I watch some right rubbish
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    Yeah, have to say that rubbish tv is one of my ways to switch off. My favourite thing atm is Robson Green's Extreme Fishing. It's not actually rubbish, it's really funny! I don't even like fishing but it makes me want to go!!

    Also, I cannot stress enough how important it is to make time to do something you love that is really disconnected with teaching.
    For me, it's weightlifting. It frees my mind and keeps me in shape so I can keep up with the kids. I sleep better, eat better and feel better. If I have to skip a training I feel stressed out.

    You are a more effective worker if you have free time to rest and play, so don't work too hard. You need a balance.

    What do you guys do to relax?
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    I have choir, and bed time! I watch all the stuff my b/f won't usually let me watch in bed, as above it is all pretty much rubbish hah! Just been told by my professional mentor that I still work too much though! The choir thing seems to work though, it's something that's just for me and the breathing excersizes and warm ups don't half help you unwind! I imagine something like running dancing aerobics would be equally effective.
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    I'm part of a dancing school and attend 5 classes (ballet, tap, modern, acrobatics and singing) on a Saturday afternoon, so that makes sure I get a good break from thinking about work.

    I always at least take a break from work whilst eating my dinner (normally we watch something on iPlayer for half an hour), and make sure I'm in bed by 11 at the latest so I'm well rested and can cope with the work.

    Other than that, I cope by putting off anything non-urgent until the holidays. My house is an absolute tip at the moment (my boyfriend does things like washing the pots, but is powerless against the heaps of paper I leave all over the house!). The downside is that it leaves me with a lot to do in the holidays - this coming week I have 2 job interviews, a 5,000 word university assignment, and cleaning the house ready for an inspection by the estate agents...
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    (Original post by xxmijxx)
    I have choir, and bed time! I watch all the stuff my b/f won't usually let me watch in bed, as above it is all pretty much rubbish hah! Just been told by my professional mentor that I still work too much though! The choir thing seems to work though, it's something that's just for me and the breathing excersizes and warm ups don't half help you unwind! I imagine something like running dancing aerobics would be equally effective.
    I also joined a choir in my training year. It was actually an opera company and I ended up singing in an opera - so much fun! I miss singing, but now all my time is taken up with weightlifting training. I'll definitely go back to it one day, though.

    (Original post by myrtille)
    I'm part of a dancing school and attend 5 classes (ballet, tap, modern, acrobatics and singing) on a Saturday afternoon, so that makes sure I get a good break from thinking about work.

    I always at least take a break from work whilst eating my dinner (normally we watch something on iPlayer for half an hour), and make sure I'm in bed by 11 at the latest so I'm well rested and can cope with the work.

    Other than that, I cope by putting off anything non-urgent until the holidays. My house is an absolute tip at the moment (my boyfriend does things like washing the pots, but is powerless against the heaps of paper I leave all over the house!). The downside is that it leaves me with a lot to do in the holidays - this coming week I have 2 job interviews, a 5,000 word university assignment, and cleaning the house ready for an inspection by the estate agents...
    You will have more time eventually. I think it's right to prioritise yourself over housework as long as you can cope with mess. Personally I get more stressed by it so I prefer little and often, but I understand your method as well :p:
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    I work in the evenings teaching EFL and I always find it really difficult to switch off.


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    It's the laundry that I struggle with keeping up with. I don't do it during the week and then I have a HUGE pile on Saturday and never have enough drying space, let alone with sheets and towels too! I'm on my finally pair of knickers for the week and my daughter has no socks, just put the first load on!

    Good luck myrtille with your interviews! I have one on Thursday and 2 days at uni this week so I'm practically broken up already in my mind!

    Oh and I'm so knackered I go to bed at 9! On Fridays I sometimes go to bed at 8!!
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    (Original post by StarBabyCat)
    Oh and I'm so knackered I go to bed at 9! On Fridays I sometimes go to bed at 8!!
    My treat last night was to go to bed at 8.30 and to sleep in today until 7am!

    Living on the edge!
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    Ditto this, my daughter always get me up at 7 and that's a lie in compared to 5:45 normal start-time! Although I do find it is so much easier to get up now the mornings are brighter.
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    (Original post by balloon_parade)
    You can't do that unfortunately! At the end of an interview you will be asked "Are you a firm candidate?" If you say yes you are entering a verbal contract so basically, if they offer you the job you will say yes. If you say yes and then decline the job it is massively frowned upon and they will not be happy, especially as even getting short-listed is so hard at the moment.

    It is a massive dilemma, especially if you have a couple of interviews near each other and the one you like best is second!

    Here is TES thread with expert advice on this very topic: http://community.tes.co.uk/forums/t/650798.aspx
    Sometimes you can ask the school to change the date - I went to a couple of interviews last year where some candidates had an interview the day before the set date as they had another one the next day.
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    (Original post by SHABANA)
    Sometimes you can ask the school to change the date - I went to a couple of interviews last year where some candidates had an interview the day before the set date as they had another one the next day.
    I would be very careful with this and only change the date if it was on the same day, if the schools are both in the same area then the other heads will know when they are interviewing, so if you've changed the date because you like the other one better, it could be obvious!
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    (Original post by balloon_parade)
    I would be very careful with this and only change the date if it was on the same day, if the schools are both in the same area then the other heads will know when they are interviewing, so if you've changed the date because you like the other one better, it could be obvious!
    When I was on placement the school was holding interviews. One candidate had her interview a day early as she had an interview the next day. She was then in contact with the head whilst on this other interview to let him know how it was going.
    I secured a post this February, and when I was invited to interview they actually said that if I want I can bring the date forward if I have another interview (as they knew another local school had interviews on the same date).
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    (Original post by SHABANA)
    When I was on placement the school was holding interviews. One candidate had her interview a day early as she had an interview the next day. She was then in contact with the head whilst on this other interview to let him know how it was going.
    I secured a post this February, and when I was invited to interview they actually said that if I want I can bring the date forward if I have another interview (as they knew another local school had interviews on the same date).
    Which is what I am saying, the original discussion was about the interviews being a week apart, you can probably only change the date to a day before or after if you had an interview clash. There are some horror stories on the TES forums about people lying about reasons for interview changes and then being caught out! Just making sure people are careful. If it's over a week apart then most of the time you've just got to go with it and see what happens.
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    Finally got my first application sent in - was allowed to apply late as the school I want to work in closed applications a day before I enquired about NQT recruitment... Hopefully I get a job there, I'm gonna be applying to the borough pool too and a few other local SEN schools.
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    Reading this thread is comforting in a way, it's nice to hear from some fellow PGCE'rs! I can fully appreciate the need to unwind and have a bit of a rant/moan from time to time. Hence why I'm here!

    ....Although at the same time I'm wondering whether it's conducive reading this kind of stuff right before my final placement

    I cannot believe I'm about to start my last eight weeks of placement. In just over two and a half months I could have QTS.

    Providing everything goes well on this last placement of course. I'm very anxious at this moment in time. I feel a bit better having been in to the school this week to meet the class and all the staff. It's the youngest age range I've taught however (year 1), and I think the structure of the day will take some getting used to.

    I think there's going to be a massive gear change on this placement. I just hope I'm ready for it. I know that I need to be, if I'm to be judged fit to be able to teach. It's just hard convincing myself that I am ready and capable. I finished my last placement with a '2' grade overall, so I'm hoping to maintain that in a different setting and with any luck, to improve. (I still kind of think it was a fluke....can you guess what my biggest weakness/flaw is?! Confidence issues....)

    I guess it's just a case of waiting for Easter hols to be over so I can finally begin the last hurdle. Once I've taught a lesson or two and had that first observation by my AT, I'll know whether this school thinks I'm any good or a bit rubbish, and I can start from there.

    Arghhhhhhhh.
 
 
 
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