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    Hi all,

    I am looking for some advice. I am 26 and currently working part time for the police. I am studying for my a levels in English literature as well as English language. I am also doing an English literature degree with the OU which I will not finish until June 2017. As I have such a ling time until graduation I want ti make sure I use it effectively. I have a toddler and baby who will both be at school when i graduate. In order to help my husband support our family financially the inly viable option I have is salaried schools direct (in secondary English). The website says I need 3 years career experience after qualification however by then I will have been in the police for 10 years - will this count? Or should I look to find a job within a school setting? My current role obviously means I deal with problem solving, requires strong communication and personal skills as well as showing integrity.

    Sorry for spelling mistakes - the buttons on my phone are tiny! :-)

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    Hi all,

    I am looking for some advice. I am 26 and currently working part time for the police. I am studying for my a levels in English literature as well as English language. I am also doing an English literature degree with the OU which I will not finish until June 2017. As I have such a ling time until graduation I want ti make sure I use it effectively. I have a toddler and baby who will both be at school when i graduate. In order to help my husband support our family financially the inly viable option I have is salaried schools direct (in secondary English). The website says I need 3 years career experience after qualification however by then I will have been in the police for 10 years - will this count? Or should I look to find a job within a school setting? My current role obviously means I deal with problem solving, requires strong communication and personal skills as well as showing integrity.

    Sorry for spelling mistakes - the buttons on my phone are tiny! :-)

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    Some schools require the 3 years to be obtained after graduation, just to let you know.
    You will need experience within a school setting, as much as possible.
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    One of the other girls on my PGCE was an ex police officer and she made a fantastic teacher. She had lots of life experience that was invaluable. Just make sure you get some experience in a few schools.
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    Thank you both for your replies. I called today to enquire and they have confirmed that as my degree is with the OU and part time they recognise that I, and other OU students, will have enough necessary work experience to mean that I dont have to work for 3 years past graduation. She said it is aimed at students who have gone to uni straight from school and have not worked full time.

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