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    Hi guys, I am a recent psychology graduate as of November 2017 and I’ve decided that I want to go into primary teaching. I’ve completed about 40% of the UCAS teacher training application; I just need to do my personal statement along with other bits. Basically what I’m asking is, is anyone doing this or did this kind of route in to primary teaching? I’m doing this alone which is fine, but there’s so many choices for different types of courses, i.e. school led or university led, and I would really appreciate to talk to anyone that knows a bit more about the basics of this process. Here are a few Q’s I would love answering if possible...
    1. Do all courses start around the same kind of time, or are they all different?
    2. What does a “school-led” course actually involve and are there any smaller differences between that and a university based course? Besides the obvious...
    3. If I already have a degree, is it really only 1 year training?
    4. What is the deal with the busary/student finance? Because I have already done 4 years of higher education, will funding this be a bit of a problem for me?

    That’s all I can think of right now. Would be soooo helpful to get any kind of insight on this! Laurie x
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    Hi guys, I am a recent psychology graduate as of November 2017 and I’ve decided that I want to go into primary teaching. I’ve completed about 40% of the UCAS teacher training application; I just need to do my personal statement along with other bits. Basically what I’m asking is, is anyone doing this or did this kind of route in to primary teaching? I’m doing this alone which is fine, but there’s so many choices for different types of courses, i.e. school led or university led, and I would really appreciate to talk to anyone that knows a bit more about the basics of this process. Here are a few Q’s I would love answering if possible...
    1. Do all courses start around the same kind of time, or are they all different?
    2. What does a “school-led” course actually involve and are there any smaller differences between that and a university based course? Besides the obvious...
    3. If I already have a degree, is it really only 1 year training?
    4. What is the deal with the busary/student finance? Because I have already done 4 years of higher education, will funding this be a bit of a problem for me?

    That’s all I can think of right now. Would be soooo helpful to get any kind of insight on this! Laurie x
    You need to check, whatever course you do, that you get a PGCE and QTS - personally I prefer uni-led courses. Check out their Ofsted reports - have you checked this website: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/

    It will answer a lot of your questions.
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    (Original post by LaurieSharrock)
    Hi guys, I am a recent psychology graduate as of November 2017 and I’ve decided that I want to go into primary teaching. I’ve completed about 40% of the UCAS teacher training application; I just need to do my personal statement along with other bits. Basically what I’m asking is, is anyone doing this or did this kind of route in to primary teaching? I’m doing this alone which is fine, but there’s so many choices for different types of courses, i.e. school led or university led, and I would really appreciate to talk to anyone that knows a bit more about the basics of this process. Here are a few Q’s I would love answering if possible...
    1. Do all courses start around the same kind of time, or are they all different?
    2. What does a “school-led” course actually involve and are there any smaller differences between that and a university based course? Besides the obvious...
    3. If I already have a degree, is it really only 1 year training?
    4. What is the deal with the busary/student finance? Because I have already done 4 years of higher education, will funding this be a bit of a problem for me?

    That’s all I can think of right now. Would be soooo helpful to get any kind of insight on this! Laurie x
    Hi, just in case you didn't know, there's a sub-forum for teachers/prospective teachers on TSR https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/forumdisplay.php?f=97 I've found everyone there very friendly and helpful so far.

    I've applied for secondary, but to answer your questions as best as I can:

    1. All courses roughly start in September and roughly follow the school terms- you usually get school holidays off, but maybe not half terms, depending on the course! Start dates will differ slightly from the end of August to mid September, but it's weeks, not months.

    2. With a school led course, I think you usually do 4 days in school then one day at uni. One advantage is you know where you'll be based, and you'll spend the majority of your time at one placement, which can be more practical. I think for some people (especially if you don't have lots of experience) it can feel more like being thrown in the deep end.

    Not all SCIITT (school led programs) offer masters credits or the PGCE qualification (they may just award QTS)- The PGCE qualification can be useful if you want to teach abroad, as it's widely recognised and respected. The masters credits are useful if you want to do an M.Ed after qualifying (people often do this part time after qualifying to help with career progression or because they want to go into an area such as SEN). However, if you just want to be an ordinary classroom teacher in the UK QTS is fine.

    3. It's a year of PGCE + the NQT year to be fully qualified, but the NQT year you will be salaried and work like a full member of staff in a school. You will get slightly more planning time and a mentor to help you. So only one more year of uni, yes.

    4. As the country needs teachers, you can have a PGCE funded like an undergrad degree regardless if you'd get more student finance for undergrad. So you can get a fees loan and a maintenance loan no problem. At the moment, there is only a bursary for primary teachers if you have a maths specialism (you'll need at least a B at A-level in Maths to qualify for this).

    Due to the nature of the course, you probably won't be able to have a term time job. Some unis will also insist you have a car, as they won't have enough placements accessible via public transport. This means you might struggle to live on the maintenance loan alone. If you're worried about this, maybe consider a gap year and saving a bit of extra money.

    I hope this helps a bit!
 
 
 

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