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    I am in an unusual position. Several years ago I studied a PGCE in Primary Education. I enjoyed my placements but I still had some progress to make as we approached the end of the year. I originally had the option to resit, but I was worried about supporting my family during the resit. Financially, I couldn't afford to pay extra tuition fees and I would no longer have the bursary to help. I was under extreme pressure and I decided to withdraw from QTS with the intention of returning to teaching when the time was right.

    After working as a TA for a while, I am now eager to study the PGCE again. I've had a lot of experience in the meantime and am happy I would pass this time. I've also managed to secure funding. My question is this: how much of this should I address in my personal statement? I've spoken to one providor today who said that this will be asked about at interview, but obviously I have to mention it in my statement. The question is how much do I say? The characters are obviously limited and I don't want to run out of room to 'sell myself' and my experience. Help!
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    (Original post by alabelle)
    I am in an unusual position. Several years ago I studied a PGCE in Primary Education. I enjoyed my placements but I still had some progress to make as we approached the end of the year. I originally had the option to resit, but I was worried about supporting my family during the resit. Financially, I couldn't afford to pay extra tuition fees and I would no longer have the bursary to help. I was under extreme pressure and I decided to withdraw from QTS with the intention of returning to teaching when the time was right.

    After working as a TA for a while, I am now eager to study the PGCE again. I've had a lot of experience in the meantime and am happy I would pass this time. I've also managed to secure funding. My question is this: how much of this should I address in my personal statement? I've spoken to one providor today who said that this will be asked about at interview, but obviously I have to mention it in my statement. The question is how much do I say? The characters are obviously limited and I don't want to run out of room to 'sell myself' and my experience. Help!
    Let your referee talk about this and focus on you and why you are a good candidate for the course in your PS. If you have extenuating circumstances you can also submit those.

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    Your PS should focus on why you are a suitable candidate, rather than why you couldn't do it before. If you do talk about it, make it brief (you have too much else to include!) and talk about it in a positive way
 
 
 
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