Why do you want to teach? Watch
This question is probably the most important one in the PGCE interview?
Any tips on how you might answer this?
However, if you are applying because you think it's the best job to get, and not because you're 100% passionate and dedicated to teaching, you're in it for the wrong reasons and it will proabably turn out to be the wrong decision for you. The PGCE year is incredibly intense, all bursaries have been scrapped in RE, and there is no guarantee of a job at the end of it all. It may be a very expensive waste of a year if it's not what you really want to do.
Think about it carefully before applying!
My answer was:
I strongly consider that teaching is a calling. As far back as I can remember, I have been inclined towards this profession. Adding to this has been the fact that I come from a family of highly qualified and passionate teachers, and thus the natural inclination towards the educational field.
Right from my early years, I have been very interested in the natural sciences. However, giving into family pressures of becoming an engineer, I studied Chemical Engineering at the graduate level. My first job as a chemical engineer put me in a work environment that seemed alien right from the beginning, and gave me a sense of extreme discomfort – a feeling that I did not belong. The desire uppermost in my mind was to teach in a school where I could pass on my love for Biology to young minds. I took the plunge into school teaching in 2004 to follow my heart and my calling.
Re read your personal statement: why did you say you wanted to go into teaching there,a dn expand upon it.
Do you even like kids/young people? If not you're going to have a tough time!
Anyway, to answer your question, say why R.E is important to teach young people about, what implications it has for society, and that you enjoy working with and inspiring young people... if you actually even do, that is...
i've always had the greatest respect for teachers and how hard they work to pass on knowledge to kids so that they can have a successful career later in their lives. it just seems the natural course for my life to take.
the thought of standing in front of a class of kids who are answering my questions correctly and participating in class discussions really makes me happy, and i dont think you could get a better sense of pride than knowing what you're doing is definitely making a difference in their lives.
even the kids who dont care about school are worth trying for and im up for that challenge
sorry for the essay, im pretty passionate about this