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Hey Lewianter , entertainmyfaith pointed me towards your blog she said you wanted to be a teacher and I'm starting my PGCE this year :eek:


I'm doing a thread for it here:
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=5551588 which you can check out if you want, but no pressure. You could also think about checking out the Teacher training, teaching and education jobs sub forum if you wanted.


I do think there are lots of pros of teaching as a job- but it's also not something you have to do straight away after uni- there's lots of support for people who want to career change into teaching. However, if it's what you want to do, definitely don't let your family put you off! I can give you a list of reasons as to why I chose teaching which you can share with them if you want?

I'd love to follow your journey, so please feel free to tag me into updates.
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Thank you for your interest and linking me to that forum and your GYG- and thank you entertainmyfaith, too. I would indeed be interested in said list- might make me consider even more things I hadn't thought of!
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Yeah, teaching has for about 3 years been a potential career in my head but the pay and my family's comments about teachers (my family hate teachers and parents evenings) has been offputting. This year though I've had 3 teachers tell me on seperate occasions I'd make a perfect teacher- only one of them in the knowledge that I even wanted to go down that path.
don't let parents try to put you off!:yep:
if you really have your heart in that job, pay won't stop you:heart: (no pressure ofc though as people often change their mind on what they want to do a lot!)
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Thank you for your interest and linking me to that forum and your GYG- and thank you entertainmyfaith, too. I would indeed be interested in said list- might make me consider even more things I hadn't thought of!
Ok, first of all- the cheesy reason: If you become a teacher, you get to make a difference to people's lives every day- just by doing your job. There aren't that many jobs where this is true and you can sometimes impact people in surprising ways- even if they don't go on to pursue your subject further. Just by doing your job you are making a difference.

Then, the practical reasons:

-The pay progression is pretty good- in 6 years you move up the main scale to about £33,000 just as a classroom teacher. In secondary there is a lot of opportunity to supplement your salary with "TLRs" (extra pay for extra responsibility)- so by the time you are 30 you could easily be earning 40k without a leadership role. People say teachers don't get paid that well, and perhaps they don't in comparison to some professions, but the pay is not bad either- and unlike in industry you don't usually have to fight too hard for that pay progression.

-The holidays. They speak for themselves, really! Although you will probably bring some work home to do in the holidays, you can also take it with you to a beach in the med or wherever you want to go. I know some teachers who spend 5/6 weeks a summer traveling, which is pretty cool.

-You can do it anywhere in the country- you are not tied to living in a city and outside London the pay is the same everywhere. A teacher's salary will go a long way in rural parts of the north or SW.

-You can do it anywhere in the world. The PGCE is widely respected and a lot of UK teachers make successful careers abroad.

-The country will always need teachers- Really successful teaching can't be done by AI or video link despite what some people try to say, and parents know this. It's not a job likely to become obsolete in the next 10 years.

-The pension is still pretty good.

-There are options if you don't enjoy classroom teaching e.g. small group teaching in alternative provision, adult education, tutoring- as well as taking your skills outside of education.

-If you want a career, there is an obvious structure and route to promotion and senior leadership.

Right now, UK teaching is in a bit of a crisis, and in my opinion pay and conditions will have to start to improve soon- parents are realising there is a problem, so things will have to change. At the moment, the workload is high, but I expect to see this reduce over the next 5 years.

(Oh, and the DofE teaching bursaries are pretty good too:
https://getintoteaching.education.go...alary/overview )

I hope this helps, but ultimately, when you are 21, your parents won't really have a say about what you do next.
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You wrote a MUSICAL!?! :eek3:

And 4 A Levels w0000000t :lolwut:
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You wrote a MUSICAL!?! :eek3:

And 4 A Levels w0000000t :lolwut:
...uuuuh...yes. And...yes.
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Mon Sep 3-

It starts tomorrow. Tomorrow. That's ****ing tomorrow aaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh anyway...

Things I need to remember-
There are 3 college buses that all go near my house at the exact same time and if I'm not on the stop by 7:58 I don't go to college.
I go to room B215. I find other people going to B215.
I take my bus pass.
I take my bag.
Make eye contact with nobody and don't let anyone try and talk to me.

There that's a good starting list At my local college there's a morning and afternoon lecture every day of 2 and a half hours each which is quite a lot. You have 2 lectures a week in which case I'll likely have 2 periods free a week out of 10 which sooo doesn't sound like enough.

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good luck for tomorrow matthew! let us know how it all goes
is there anyone from your previous school going to the same college as you?
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good luck for tomorrow matthew! let us know how it all goes
is there anyone from your previous school going to the same college as you?
Thank you! Yes, most people from my old school are because it's the only respectable college that does A-levels that has transport to it here (there's a 6th form but it's not my old school and it's...bad)
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Thank you! Yes, most people from my old school are because it's the only respectable college that does A-levels that has transport to it here (there's a 6th form but it's not my old school and it's...bad)
ah i hope that reassures you slightly as there'll be people you know:yep:
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Damn dude, those grades! Congrats

Best of luck for Year 12 - will be watching this
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Listening to the Professor Layton game soundtrack was a good idea to calm me at the time I thought of it but it reminds me of studying so that was sorta stupid. My go to is usually musical soundtracks or video game soundtracks but this was a bad idea.
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Hope it's going well.:rave:
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hope everything is going well for you today
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I'm not sure what I thought of that. I like the college and have met some very nice people- I don't like my personal tutor very much though. Maybe I'll warm to her in time.

Lectures start on Thursday- meaning tomorrow is a 2nd day of inductions and more tests and forced socialising with strangers I never want to talk to. My timetable is at the bottom of this post as you can see below.

I'm actually really looking forward to this year now though. Things look like they'll be good enough. Gotta have optimism and confidence...



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..it's upside down why has this happened
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I'm not sure what I thought of that. I like the college and have met some very nice people- I don't like my personal tutor very much though. Maybe I'll warm to her in time.

Lectures start on Thursday- meaning tomorrow is a 2nd day of inductions and more tests and forced socialising with strangers I never want to talk to. My timetable is at the bottom of this post as you can see below.

I'm actually really looking forward to this year now though. Things look like they'll be good enough. Gotta have optimism and confidence...



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I'm sure you'll warm to your tutor given time- ice breakers are the worst though!

Thursday looks a pretty good day on your timetable- you've got the whole morning off!
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be confident and make the most of the year
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I'm sure you'll warm to your tutor given time- ice breakers are the worst though!

Thursday looks a pretty good day on your timetable- you've got the whole morning off!
I know- I don't have to go in till half 1 on my first day of lectures which is pretty nice! I'm gonna go to the bank in the morning Thursday cause they did a wrong thing so if I end up yelling at someone then that's that.

I don't have to be in until quarter past 9 tomorrow...but the bus time is still the same, 7:58.
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I know- I don't have to go in till half 1 on my first day of lectures which is pretty nice! I'm gonna go to the bank in the morning Thursday cause they did a wrong thing so if I end up yelling at someone then that's that.

I don't have to be in until quarter past 9 tomorrow...but the bus time is still the same, 7:58.
That's disappointing about tomorrow but at least you can have a bit of a lie on in Thursday! Hope you get everything sorted at the bank!
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Best of luck with Year 12!! :rave:
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