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    Applying for Teacher Training for 2018 entry?:curious:

    This thread is the place for you!:party2:

    Here you can meet other applicants and chat during the application process.

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    There's lots of different ways to get into teaching. This guide may help you if you're not sure.

    You can sign up and apply for Teacher Training on UCAS here.
    Or for more information about that process, see here.

    Apply 1 is now open!:yay:

    If you're using Apply 1 then you should have decisions back by Friday 1st December
    You must respond to these by Friday 12th December

    If you're at a point where you're using Apply 2, then you should get replies within 40 working days
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    If you have a question about QTS tests, take a look at this thread first.

    Also, here's a little motivator if you feel like you need a bit of inspiration.
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    Hey! I'm applying for a BEd in Primary Education (QTS) with a specialist subject at (in order of preference): Gloucestershire, Winchester, St. Mary's, Roehampton and Reading. I'm really looking forward to the course, it looks amazing.
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    Hi, I wanting to apply for 2018. I didn't realise I had to do it so soon though! Hoping to get application in in next couple of days for apply 1.

    I'm applying for secondary geography in Lancaster.

    Although all of my experience has been with primary, but I don't want to teach primary!
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    Applied to Northumbria, Newcastle and North Tyneside Scitt. Got 2 interviews and skills test next week!!
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    (Original post by 04MR17)
    She-Ra, would it be possible to stick this please?:puppyeyes:
    Done
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    Got my applications in a few days ago for Secondary Biology at Nottingham, Birmingham and Sheffield.

    Fingers crossed!!
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    Hi,
    I’m applying for PGCE Primary as its what I’ve wanted to do most for a very long time.
    I’m based in Manchester and have so far applied to UoM, Man Met and Edge Hill via Apply 1.
    I’m so nervous about my numeracy QTS skills test - I absolutely hated Maths at school but I’m happy to teach it.
    Now it’s just a matter of sitting back and waiting to hear from the Uni’s.
    Has everyone else booked their QTS skills tests? 😊
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    Yes mine is Tuesday night, both of them before I have my 3 interviews Wednesday-Friday!! 😱😱😂😂
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    (Original post by NF87)
    Yes mine is Tuesday night, both of them before I have my 3 interviews Wednesday-Friday!! 😱😱😂😂
    That sounds so intense! Just make sure you do the preparation and you should be absolutely fine! I spoke to my private tutor for French who is a high school teacher and he said that knowledge of the national curriculum is fundamental. Also, try to do some online courses regarding child safeguarding and first aid. This shows the universities that you’re willing to go the extra mile. Hope this helps!
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    I applied for teacher training last year and I'm about halfway through my first placement now, so if any of you lot have any questions then please feel free to ask me. I applied for Secondary Biology at Brighton (where I am now) and Sussex (although I withdrew before my interview because I preferred Brighton) so I'm happy to answer specific questions about those, or any general questions about what its like, applying or the dreaded tests

    (I hope it's okay to post this because this thread is about applying - I just remember I had a lot of questions last year so I thought I would offer some help to anyone who wanted it!)
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    (Original post by Firefly13)

    (I hope it's okay to post this because this thread is about applying - I just remember I had a lot of questions last year so I thought I would offer some help to anyone who wanted it!)
    Absolutely fine.

    And thank you.
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    (Original post by 04MR17)
    Absolutely fine.

    And thank you.
    Hi Firefly!
    Thank you for contributing to this thread. I’m mainly worried about the QTS numeracy skills test. My main goal is a primary PGCE.
    How did you go about preparing for the numeracy test in particular? What advice would you give to a candidate like myself who hasn’t studied Maths since high school? It was never my strongest subject but I’m more than happy to teach it at primary level.
    Thanks in advance
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    (Original post by chatty_george)
    Hi Firefly!
    Thank you for contributing to this thread. I’m mainly worried about the QTS numeracy skills test. My main goal is a primary PGCE.
    How did you go about preparing for the numeracy test in particular? What advice would you give to a candidate like myself who hasn’t studied Maths since high school? It was never my strongest subject but I’m more than happy to teach it at primary level.
    Thanks in advance
    Hi George

    I was really worried about the numeracy test as well so you definitely aren't alone with that.

    My partner has a Maths degree and he really helped by making up some questions for me to do as practice. I did Maths for A Level, but my mental arithmetic is awful (as in I kept thinking 5 x 3 was 5... ) so I knew what to do for the questions and I just needed to practice doing it in my head, which is what my partner designed the questions to help with.

    If you also struggle with the mental arithmetic questions then it's a great idea to set up a spreadsheet with the questions from the practice tests and just change the numbers. That way you're getting used to the questions and improving your mental arithmetic. If you tend to struggle with not understanding how to answer the questions then have a look on YouTube for some advice (I loved this video, but there are others - youtube.com/watch?v=VM6zkJ-_RRU) and having a look at GCSE questions may also help you.

    If you haven't booked your test yet then I would recommend booking it soon, but chose a date in a few months time. I did that and I found it really motivated me to start looking over things early on, without the stress of knowing it was in a few days - and by the time it was a few days away I'd been looking at it long enough to feel confident in most of it. I'm sure you've heard it other places by now, but the online practice tests are much harder than the real one. It's worth having a look at the test centre you chose as well (if you have a choice of more than one you could get to that is). I did mine at Stratford where they give you whiteboards and allow you to write things down before you start the test, so I wrote down the times tables I found hardest.

    Hope this helps!
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    (Original post by Firefly13)
    Hi George

    I was really worried about the numeracy test as well so you definitely aren't alone with that.

    My partner has a Maths degree and he really helped by making up some questions for me to do as practice. I did Maths for A Level, but my mental arithmetic is awful (as in I kept thinking 5 x 3 was 5... ) so I knew what to do for the questions and I just needed to practice doing it in my head, which is what my partner designed the questions to help with.

    If you also struggle with the mental arithmetic questions then it's a great idea to set up a spreadsheet with the questions from the practice tests and just change the numbers. That way you're getting used to the questions and improving your mental arithmetic. If you tend to struggle with not understanding how to answer the questions then have a look on YouTube for some advice (I loved this video, but there are others - youtube.com/watch?v=VM6zkJ-_RRU) and having a look at GCSE questions may also help you.

    If you haven't booked your test yet then I would recommend booking it soon, but chose a date in a few months time. I did that and I found it really motivated me to start looking over things early on, without the stress of knowing it was in a few days - and by the time it was a few days away I'd been looking at it long enough to feel confident in most of it. I'm sure you've heard it other places by now, but the online practice tests are much harder than the real one. It's worth having a look at the test centre you chose as well (if you have a choice of more than one you could get to that is). I did mine at Stratford where they give you whiteboards and allow you to write things down before you start the test, so I wrote down the times tables I found hardest.

    Hope this helps!
    Thanks so much!

    That’s really helpful indeed. I’ve booked my skills tests for January (I’m due a response from my Uni’s by then so thought why not?)
    I’ve noticed that the online skills tests are very difficult too which made me feel nervous but now it seems much less daunting knowing that.
    Waiting to hear from my chosen universities is nerve racking too. Just keeping positive and working through my times tables as much as I can!
    Thanks again,
    George
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    (Original post by chatty_george)
    Thanks so much!

    That’s really helpful indeed. I’ve booked my skills tests for January (I’m due a response from my Uni’s by then so thought why not?)
    I’ve noticed that the online skills tests are very difficult too which made me feel nervous but now it seems much less daunting knowing that.
    Waiting to hear from my chosen universities is nerve racking too. Just keeping positive and working through my times tables as much as I can!
    Thanks again,
    George
    It's no problem! If you need any other advice then please feel free to ask me

    I hope you get replies from your chosen providers soon, the wait is the worst part!
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    (Original post by Firefly13)
    I applied for teacher training last year and I'm about halfway through my first placement now, so if any of you lot have any questions then please feel free to ask me. I applied for Secondary Biology at Brighton (where I am now) and Sussex (although I withdrew before my interview because I preferred Brighton) so I'm happy to answer specific questions about those, or any general questions about what its like, applying or the dreaded tests
    Hi, I was just curious, I am also looking at training in biology for 2018, albeit on a schools direct route . I was wondering if you did a SKE to top up your knowledge in physics or chemistry? I have been offered the opportunity to do a physics SKE, and I would really like to as I have forgotten all my physics!! I am just worried that it may take up a lot of time and am not sure how useful they truly are.

    Thanks!!
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    (Original post by cdaly16)
    Hi, I was just curious, I am also looking at training in biology for 2018, albeit on a schools direct route . I was wondering if you did a SKE to top up your knowledge in physics or chemistry? I have been offered the opportunity to do a physics SKE, and I would really like to as I have forgotten all my physics!! I am just worried that it may take up a lot of time and am not sure how useful they truly are.

    Thanks!!
    I did a Biology SKE - which I’ll explain! My degree is in Biology so I didn’t really need it, but by doing Biology it gave me access to the Chemistry and Physics resources. Brighton thought that would be better for me to do Biology because it would be easier and I was also doing my final year dissertation at the same time.

    The SKE does take a long time. I thought I could get it done in a few days instead of the eight weeks they said, but I was wrong. Don’t underestimate the commitment.

    It was helpful in some ways to remind me what was covered at school and to remind me of the Chemsitry and Physics I may have forgotten. The SKE I did (through VidLearn) was based around making some teaching PowerPoints that I’ve used a bit in my teaching, although not as much as I would have liked. The best part I would say was getting to meet some people on my course early because we had a week of practical sessions during the summer.

    Overall I’d say, if you have the time, there’s no harm in doing it and you really need to look over Chemistry and Physics before you teach (some of my Year 7 know more than me and it’s really akward if I can’t answer their questions!). However, if you’re short on time then you can cover it all using BBC Bitesized pretty quickly as well.

    Hope this helps! Feel free to ask anything else
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    (Original post by Firefly13)
    I did a Biology SKE - which I’ll explain! My degree is in Biology so I didn’t really need it, but by doing Biology it gave me access to the Chemistry and Physics resources. Brighton thought that would be better for me to do Biology because it would be easier and I was also doing my final year dissertation at the same time.

    The SKE does take a long time. I thought I could get it done in a few days instead of the eight weeks they said, but I was wrong. Don’t underestimate the commitment.

    It was helpful in some ways to remind me what was covered at school and to remind me of the Chemsitry and Physics I may have forgotten. The SKE I did (through VidLearn) was based around making some teaching PowerPoints that I’ve used a bit in my teaching, although not as much as I would have liked. The best part I would say was getting to meet some people on my course early because we had a week of practical sessions during the summer.

    Overall I’d say, if you have the time, there’s no harm in doing it and you really need to look over Chemistry and Physics before you teach (some of my Year 7 know more than me and it’s really akward if I can’t answer their questions!). However, if you’re short on time then you can cover it all using BBC Bitesized pretty quickly as well.

    Hope this helps! Feel free to ask anything else
    Hi,
    Why did you have to do the SKE if your degree is already in Biology? Was the SKE optional or was it a condition of your offer?
    Did they test your subject knowledge at the interview?

    Thanks
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    I'm hoping to apply for a secondary education PGCE (biology) very soon. Wanting to stay where I am so Edge Hill is my first choice
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    Hi guys,
    Quick update - I have an interview for Primary PGCE with Edge Hill and I’m currently being considered by UoM. Still no word from my top choice however - Man Met. Keeping everything crossed for everyone!
 
 
 
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