2020 Teach First Official Applicants Thread Watch

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Hi everyone! Thought it would be nice to start a thread for everyone who is applying for Teach First 2020 entry seeing as applications are now open.

I currently hold a deferred offer to teach History in the West Midlands starting in 2020 😊

It would be lovely to get to know more people who are applying/hold deferred entries!

All the best everyone!
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Just posting in here to give some helpful links, am not applying myself. :getmecoat:


Applications for the Teach First 2020 programme are now open!:yay:

You can apply to the scheme here.

In this thread you can chat about the application process, get to know each other and share your help and experience with others.

Why not start by introducing yourself?

Name:
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Where you're applying:
How are you feeling?
Most exited about...
Most apprehensive about...

If you're still unsure about applying, you can find more details about the programme here.

There's also a page for hints and tips for your application here.

Finally, best of luck everyone! :happy2:
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Hi!My name's Shauna and I have applied to the Science specialism for the North West!I'm currently going into my third year of Biology Bsc.Got an email today confirming my Assessment centre day next month (6/8) very nervous
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I applied for Religious Education in London/North West. shaunagabrielaaahow long between your application and hearing about your assessment centre?
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Hey everyone,

I applied last night for English in the South East as my 1st choice. I currently live in Belfast, but am from Kent. I think I did well on my application, so here's hoping 🤞

Without getting too ahead of myself, I'm curious to know @laurenjade24 , what sort of referees did they ask of you? Does TF rigidly ask for referees from the last 2 year's? From experience, I've had people take a while to get back to me, or say no, so I've had to scramble for someone else. Best to ask around asap.
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Hi there! I've applied for English in the West Midlands, and have my assessment centre next week! I'm super nervous because although I'm doing an English degree, the phone calls etc I've had with a recruiter seem to be pushing me towards teaching geography as I have an A-level in it 😔 I know teach first allocate places depending on the needs of schools, but I am so desperate to teach English! Does anyone know how likely it is to be allocated your first choice subject, especially when applying this early, or have any experience in changing subject once you have an offer? I'd be so gutted if I was allocated geography 😔
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I applied for primary a week ago now. I've not heard anything yet so I'm assuming it won't be good news
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(Original post by butterflyxgarden)
Hey everyone,

I applied last night for English in the South East as my 1st choice. I currently live in Belfast, but am from Kent. I think I did well on my application, so here's hoping 🤞

Without getting too ahead of myself, I'm curious to know @laurenjade24 , what sort of referees did they ask of you? Does TF rigidly ask for referees from the last 2 year's? From experience, I've had people take a while to get back to me, or say no, so I've had to scramble for someone else. Best to ask around asap.
Hi butterflyxgarden fingers crossed with your application I'm sure you did amazing! Honestly, I've not had the easiest ride with references myself so it's a valid question! They ask you for the 2 years previous for your offer, covering all dates, and if you have any gaps in employment/educational history you must provide character reference to comment on this. So yes, its very rigid, for example, e.g. no employment references can be given from a personal email address, but they do provide you with all the information you need to complete your reference request form, and there is always someone you can email for help (which I'm grateful for as they are honestly so understanding and helpful!)

Definitely ask around as soon as you have an offer as you are bound to time restrictions as well when you receive an offer. I hope that helps! Any other questions, I'm happy to help
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Hi, I have my development centre on 2 August in London. I'm hoping to teach English at secondary in West Midlands. Do you have any advice for the development centre? I am doing loads of planning and preparation for the interview but need to wait for the classroom scenario before I can start planning that.Thank you,Rach
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Hi everyone, I'm Zoe! I've applied to teach Secondary Science (Biology), hopefully in North West England. My Development Centre Day is on 13/08/2019, so only a month to go! Has anyone else been researching the curriculum for their first choice? Is that too optimistic of me? I hope to see some of you soon!
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(Original post by zoeellis)
Hi everyone, I'm Zoe! I've applied to teach Secondary Science (Biology), hopefully in North West England. My Development Centre Day is on 13/08/2019, so only a month to go! Has anyone else been researching the curriculum for their first choice? Is that too optimistic of me? I hope to see some of you soon!
Hi! when did you apply? I’m still waiting to hear back and getting nervous...
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Hi! when did you apply? I’m still waiting to hear back and getting nervous...
I applied on 01/07/2019, what about you? I'm sure you'll hear back, it's literally been 10 working days since I applied and I was so stressed :')
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I applied on 01/07/2019, what about you? I'm sure you'll hear back, it's literally been 10 working days since I applied and I was so stressed :')
I applied on the 4th - thanks, that makes me less stressed!!
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I applied on the 4th - thanks, that makes me less stressed!!
Yeah, you should hear next week then! Good luck! What are you hoping to teach?
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Yeah, you should hear next week then! Good look! What are you hoping to teach?
Religious Education in London/North West
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Religious Education in London/North West
Awesome! I'm sure you've done great and will hear something soon!
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Hi, I have my development centre on 2 August in London. I'm hoping to teach English at secondary in West Midlands. Do you have any advice for the development centre? I am doing loads of planning and preparation for the interview but need to wait for the classroom scenario before I can start planning that.Thank you,Rach
Hey Rach! For obvious reasons you can't talk to much about the development centre, but trust me I was super nervous before I got there, but in the development centre everyone was so lovely, it was really welcoming and does put any nerves at ease. I know it sounds obvious but just be yourself, let your personality shine, input and communication is crucial and so is preparation, so make sure to prepare the best you can based on the advise Teach First give you in any email communications. I was most nervous about the lesson, but I honestly really enjoyed it! I'm sure you'll be absolutely great
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(Original post by zoeellis)
Hi everyone, I'm Zoe! I've applied to teach Secondary Science (Biology), hopefully in North West England. My Development Centre Day is on 13/08/2019, so only a month to go! Has anyone else been researching the curriculum for their first choice? Is that too optimistic of me? I hope to see some of you soon!
Hi Zoe, I'm Zoe too! I'm going to the assessment centre on the same day as you, mine starts at 9:45. Got my fingers crossed for primary in the East Midlands
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Hi Everyone!
I have my development centre day on 29th July! Getting a bit nervous, but doing as much prep as I can!
I'm hoping to teach primary in Yorkshire & Humber...

Out of interest is everyone fresh out of uni or is it a career change for you? I've been a full time mum for the last 3 years and it's been 5 years since I graduated from my MA so Im especially nervous about putting myself back out there!
Becky x
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I’m psyched. I got my invite to the development centre today. I’ll be there on August 28 - anyone else?
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