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    i everyone,

    I would LOVE some advice and opinions on both programmes. I am very aware that alliance/providers as well as universities differ on delivery of programmes. However, I want to make an informed decision. I have been offered both unsalaried school direct and PGCE but I am unsure about which route to choose. I really wanted salaried to save myself the student debt but I was told I did not have enough experience so was offered unsalaried. As both routes still need student finance funding. I have to make a big decision.

    School direct is fantastic because of the practical side you get invaluable experience but PGCE is great for you to network with other colleagues who are doing the same assignments as well as similar placement experiences. So, my question is, what did you do? And did you enjoy it?
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    Really does depend on the individual course I think. I would try to speak to people on the specific course you are looking at, maybe take a look around if possible.

    My course was a SCITT made up of about 40 trainees. Confusingly, about half of those being trained by the SCITT alliance were School Direct. There was no difference between the seminars/placements/activities that the SCITT and SD students did. We all attended the same seminars at the lead school so it felt like we were part of a network and had lots of people to share the experience with. Now I'm in my NQT year and the SCITT alliance still puts on networking events for us.

    Does the School Direct course you are looking at include a PGCE component? Mine did, and it was nice to get that Uni input (basically we joined the traditional PGCE students for a couple of weeks' worth of lectures, as well as completing the same assignments that they did...so we came out with PGCE as well as QTS).
 
 
 
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