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    I am looking to apply fairly soon for a PGCE in secondary Biology, probably looking at university of Nottingham or Birmingham as my top choices. I wanted to ask how important you felt recent experience in a school is for getting onto the course?

    I have only recently fully decided that I wanted to pursue teaching after a few years of indecision so it hasn't been at the top of my priority list really to be looking for experience. I am planning on getting some relevant experience if I can, but it is unlikely that I'll get some before I want to send off the application.

    I do have experience in a teaching environment as I have shadowed teachers whilst at sixth form and I also worked in a language learning summer camp with children of secondary school age, so I'm not worried about my capacity to deal with children that age.

    I just want to know what people's thoughts and experiences are on this, particularly people who have interviewed/are currently studying for a PGCE in biology or the sciences

    When I applied I was able to get a mentor who took me through the process. She advised I had at least three days of recent school experience that I could use to reflect on as part of my personal statement. The rest is now history.

    Good luck!
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