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    Hello,

    So I have an interview next week with a local schools-direct provider for a place. However I have also applied to a university based PGCE. The Schools-Direct PGCE is accredited from a university that is ranked low in the league tables. The Uni based PGCE is based at a top university. However, the Schools-Direct place would be much more convenient for me to commute to.

    I'm wondering if the PGCE from the schools-direct scheme will be as well recognised as the university based one, for example if I wanted to teach abroad.

    If a PGCE is from a schools direct scheme, would you put on your cv:

    University of --- PGCE

    or Schools Direct PGCE via University of ---?

    Thanks
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    (Original post by Just Josh)
    Hello,

    So I have an interview next week with a local schools-direct provider for a place. However I have also applied to a university based PGCE. The Schools-Direct PGCE is accredited from a university that is ranked low in the league tables. The Uni based PGCE is based at a top university. However, the Schools-Direct place would be much more convenient for me to commute to.

    I'm wondering if the PGCE from the schools-direct scheme will be as well recognised as the university based one, for example if I wanted to teach abroad.

    If a PGCE is from a schools direct scheme, would you put on your cv:

    University of --- PGCE

    or Schools Direct PGCE via University of ---?

    Thanks
    For the UK, I don't believe most schools care where or how you qualified. They are more interested in your references and your interview/observed lesson.

    I'm not sure if foreign schools would have any preference or not. Perhaps someone with experience in that sector can make a suggestion on that front.

    As for your CV, I trained on a school direct scheme and got my PGCE from Northumbria University. UK teaching jobs don't use CVs for applications, but I suppose if pushed I would put something to the effect of PGCE Primary (School Direct) - Northumbria University. But as I say, in reality you don't use a CV for UK job applications. You will need to teach in a UK school to complete your NQT year before you can apply to international schools anyway, so by then where / how you trained won't be particularly important anyway, as your CV will focus more on the actual teaching job you held after training.
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    PGCE is only recognised by schools. You're going for jobs in schools with a PGCE. And schools recognise your PGCE as well as your experience with School Direct.
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    (Original post by TraineeLynsey)
    For the UK, I don't believe most schools care where or how you qualified. They are more interested in your references and your interview/observed lesson.

    I'm not sure if foreign schools would have any preference or not. Perhaps someone with experience in that sector can make a suggestion on that front.

    As for your CV, I trained on a school direct scheme and got my PGCE from Northumbria University. UK teaching jobs don't use CVs for applications, but I suppose if pushed I would put something to the effect of PGCE Primary (School Direct) - Northumbria University. But as I say, in reality you don't use a CV for UK job applications. You will need to teach in a UK school to complete your NQT year before you can apply to international schools anyway, so by then where / how you trained won't be particularly important anyway, as your CV will focus more on the actual teaching job you held after training.
    I don't think anyone cares about where you did your PGCE. It's a certificate course.
 
 
 
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