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    Hi everyone,

    I confirmed my offer back in November and have now started receiving documentation to fill out and send back to the uni. I've filled out my occupational health questionnaire and this has to be looked at to see if I am 'fit to teach'.
    Basically I'm just looking for some reassurance- you have to disclose everything on the form, and I didn't want to lie- I've had 2 experiences of depression where I went to the Drs and was prescribed anti-depressants for 3 months, counselling the first time too. The second time, just medication. This was in 2011 and 2015.

    Now I know I'm fit to teach, I am fine and my mental health is managed a lot better. And I am sure that with the statistics surrounding mental health that many teachers will also have/have suffered from depression. So what are occupational health likely to ask in my telephone interview (if they do contact me) and would something like this be grounds of 'not fit to teach'?

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    I am no expert on this so please do wait for a second opinion, but I have always understood this section as a way for you to tell the university about your history so they can do the best to help you and/or offer support if you need it. You say you are fit to teach and you are managing it a lot better, so I do not see a problem her at all.
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    (Original post by Katy4341)
    Hi everyone,

    I confirmed my offer back in November and have now started receiving documentation to fill out and send back to the uni. I've filled out my occupational health questionnaire and this has to be looked at to see if I am 'fit to teach'.
    Basically I'm just looking for some reassurance- you have to disclose everything on the form, and I didn't want to lie- I've had 2 experiences of depression where I went to the Drs and was prescribed anti-depressants for 3 months, counselling the first time too. The second time, just medication. This was in 2011 and 2015.

    Now I know I'm fit to teach, I am fine and my mental health is managed a lot better. And I am sure that with the statistics surrounding mental health that many teachers will also have/have suffered from depression. So what are occupational health likely to ask in my telephone interview (if they do contact me) and would something like this be grounds of 'not fit to teach'?

    Thanks!
    Disclose everything. There won't be a problem.

    One word of warning - you can expect to feel pretty stressed during the PGCE year and thereafter. Make sure you feel strong enough to embark upon this career as I have seen several colleagues leave the profession due to the pressure.
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    (Original post by Mr M)
    Disclose everything. There won't be a problem.

    One word of warning - you can expect to feel pretty stressed during the PGCE year and thereafter. Make sure you feel strong enough to embark upon this career as I have seen several colleagues leave the profession due to the pressure.
    I sent the questionnaire off a few days ago with everything disclosed. Thank you for the advice. Thankfully I feel I can cope well under pressure and high demands. My depression was particularly isolated due to personal incidents and is unlikely to happen again so here's hoping everything will be fine.
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    (Original post by Katy4341)
    I sent the questionnaire off a few days ago with everything disclosed. Thank you for the advice. Thankfully I feel I can cope well under pressure and high demands. My depression was particularly isolated due to personal incidents and is unlikely to happen again so here's hoping everything will be fine.
    That's good to hear. Best of luck.
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    You'll be fine. I was literally on medication for anxiety with public speaking and they thought me fit.
    Edit: Still am on it, teacher in my first year.
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    You'll be fine. I was literally on medication for anxiety with public speaking and they thought me fit.
    Edit: Still am on it, teacher in my first year.
    Thank you for the reassurance! They've emailed me today to organise a telephone consultation. Have you any experience of this/any idea what they'll want to know? I was as honest as I could be on my questionnaire and there's not much else to say!
 
 
 
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