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Considering applying to either Cambridge or Oxford, and either Bristol, Manchester, UCL, Sheffield, or Exeter. Any advice on which are best (not necessarily more prestigious but nicer places to teach, or generally nice to live in).

Any help would be useful! Thanks.
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(Original post by lalalalisha)
Considering applying to either Cambridge or Oxford, and either Bristol, Manchester, UCL, Sheffield, or Exeter. Any advice on which are best (not necessarily more prestigious but nicer places to teach, or generally nice to live in).

Any help would be useful! Thanks.
Moved to the teaching forum, where you're more likely to get an answer
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I can't comment on much, but alot of the secondary schools in Bristol aren't that great - bear in mind I have only been to 2 secondary schools in Bristol, and obviously cannot comment on every school there.
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Considering applying to either Cambridge or Oxford, and either Bristol, Manchester, UCL, Sheffield, or Exeter. Any advice on which are best (not necessarily more prestigious but nicer places to teach, or generally nice to live in).

Any help would be useful! Thanks.
Didn't Cambridge and Oxford close their deadline? UCL is a really good uni for History so I suggest you check it out !
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PGCE is full-on and not like being an 'ordinary' student so dont get over enticed by the Oxford/Cambridge thing or think that the schools there will be 'easier''.

All you can do is look at the course details for each course structure closely ('compare and contrast') and see which have any added extras that especially appeal to you - and think about the practical stuff like cost of living/ease of travel etc. And would you stay on after he PGCE and look for work in that area?

I'm biased but I'd pick Bristol (big city with a friendly laid-back feel, plus excellent Education dept) then Exeter (Uni is smaller, equally friendly and you are surrounded by great countryside/sea). But you may have different interests/needs.
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If you are looking for "best", forget going to universities. In my view the best providers of teacher training are either schools (SCHITT) or school direct which is an alliance between a lead school and a university. By choosing SCHITT or School Direct, you know in advance where you will be training - ideally an outstanding school. By applying to university, you can be placed in any school that has Requires Improvement or above. If your goal is to be an outstanding teacher, you are going to struggle if you are training in an establishment that requires improvement. Outstanding teaching practices are unlikely to be modelled for you.

Good luck!
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