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    What are the pros and cons of each?
    Also, with 'teach first' whats the summer school like
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    Teach First:
    Pros
    - You'll be in a paying job straight away
    - You won't have to pay tuition fees
    - You'll have the opportunity to study for a Masters at a reduced cost
    - You could be placed anywhere (good if you want to broaden your horizons)
    - You'll have great career prospects after your two years (in management etc)
    - You'll be able to work with the kids that really need you from the start
    - You'll still get TA bursaries (if eligible)
    - You'll often be given a job at the end of it (not a definite though)

    Cons
    - A lot of responsibility in one go- you aren't eased in gently
    - Being placed anywhere could disrupt relationships, throw you out of your comfort zone, etc
    - Just 6 weeks of training compared to a PGCE year
    - You'll have one school, so less diversity in placements than with a PGCE
    - You may be asked to teach subjects you've never studied/ taught before


    PGCE:
    Pros
    - You'll be based at a university of your choice, so only move to where you want to
    - You'll have varied placements, giving you varied experiences
    - Training for a year- still tough, but you're 'eased' into it more than with TF

    Cons
    - Tuition fees
    - It's not going to let you be a full time teacher from the start (although this may be seen as a positive)
    - You'll be working long hours... and essentially you're paying to do it!


    The lists could go on forever. Neither route is easy, but I'm sure they are both equally rewarding
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    (Original post by Lit2010)
    Teach First:
    Pros
    - You'll be in a paying job straight away
    - You won't have to pay tuition fees
    - You'll have the opportunity to study for a Masters at a reduced cost
    - You could be placed anywhere (good if you want to broaden your horizons)
    - You'll have great career prospects after your two years (in management etc)
    - You'll be able to work with the kids that really need you from the start
    - You'll still get TA bursaries (if eligible)
    - You'll often be given a job at the end of it (not a definite though)

    Cons
    - A lot of responsibility in one go- you aren't eased in gently
    - Being placed anywhere could disrupt relationships, throw you out of your comfort zone, etc
    - Just 6 weeks of training compared to a PGCE year
    - You'll have one school, so less diversity in placements than with a PGCE
    - You may be asked to teach subjects you've never studied/ taught before


    PGCE:
    Pros
    - You'll be based at a university of your choice, so only move to where you want to
    - You'll have varied placements, giving you varied experiences
    - Training for a year- still tough, but you're 'eased' into it more than with TF

    Cons
    - Tuition fees
    - It's not going to let you be a full time teacher from the start (although this may be seen as a positive)
    - You'll be working long hours... and essentially you're paying to do it!


    The lists could go on forever. Neither route is easy, but I'm sure they are both equally rewarding
    With teach first can you choose the region you want to work in or do they just place you anywhere they see fit?
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    (Original post by yoyowoahwoah)
    With teach first can you choose the region you want to work in or do they just place you anywhere they see fit?
    They ask you to list regions in terms of preference... but that's not to say you will get your first preference. If you have children, say, they make take your special circumstances into consideration, but for most people it ends up being luck if you get your first or second choice.

    One more thing- with TF you may be eligible to teach more than one subject, so say if you have A Levels in English, History and Maths, and an English degree, you'd be eligible to teach English, History, Maths or Primary. It's up to them which one you teach, although if you have experience teaching one subject/ a particular passion for a subject, they'll probably use that to make their decisions.
 
 
 
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