Teacher Training Watch

Ourania V
Badges: 2
Rep:
?
#1
Report Thread starter 1 week ago
#1
Hi everyone,I am doing a study about teaching as a career. Is anyone training to be a teacher now? What's your experience like?
0
reply
SarcAndSpark
Badges: 20
Rep:
?
#2
Report 1 week ago
#2
(Original post by Ourania V)
Hi everyone,I am doing a study about teaching as a career. Is anyone training to be a teacher now? What's your experience like?
I've just finished my PGCE, and I'd be happy to help you.

What sort of things do you want to know about the experience?
0
reply
wonderland.16
Badges: 11
Rep:
?
#3
Report 1 week ago
#3
I'm on a QTS course and am happy to help out. About to start final year now. Let me know if I can help!
0
reply
christine24
Badges: 9
Rep:
?
#4
Report 1 week ago
#4
Did you work part time? I am thinking about getting a part time job while doing the PGCE but others have said it wouldn't be doable due to the work load.
(Original post by SarcAndSpark)
I've just finished my PGCE, and I'd be happy to help you.

What sort of things do you want to know about the experience?
0
reply
Ourania V
Badges: 2
Rep:
?
#5
Report Thread starter 1 week ago
#5
Thanks for the response.

What we are trying to find out is mostly related to motivations and which route people prefer to go into teaching.

Why you chose to go into teaching? What kind of support you received (e.g. mentoring, induction)? After your PGCE would you like to work as a teacher? What subject are you planning to teach?
(Original post by SarcAndSpark)
I've just finished my PGCE, and I'd be happy to help you.

What sort of things do you want to know about the experience?
0
reply
Ourania V
Badges: 2
Rep:
?
#6
Report Thread starter 1 week ago
#6
Thanks for the prompt response.

Did you explore different routes into teaching before choosing your course? Which route did you choose to go into teaching? What kind of support you received (e.g. mentoring, induction)?

Are you planning to become a teacher after the course? Which phase (primary, secondary)? Which subject?
(Original post by wonderland.16)
I'm on a QTS course and am happy to help out. About to start final year now. Let me know if I can help!
0
reply
SarcAndSpark
Badges: 20
Rep:
?
#7
Report 1 week ago
#7
(Original post by christine24)
Did you work part time? I am thinking about getting a part time job while doing the PGCE but others have said it wouldn't be doable due to the work load.
I had a decent bursary, so I didn't consider working, but honestly, I would have found part time working very hard. I had commutes to both my placements and was often exhausted in the evenings, and I was nearly always doing school work at least one weekend day. Holiday work might be possible, but honestly you're doing a full time job and part of a masters degree during your PGCE year and that is enough!

(Original post by Ourania V)
Thanks for the response.

What we are trying to find out is mostly related to motivations and which route people prefer to go into teaching.

Why you chose to go into teaching? What kind of support you received (e.g. mentoring, induction)? After your PGCE would you like to work as a teacher? What subject are you planning to teach?
- I went into teaching as a previous job showed me I enjoyed working with young people. I also thought it looked like a stable career that would enable me to work anywhere in the country/world. I was passionate about my subject, and wanted a career where I could share this passion with others.

-I received all the standard PGCE support during my program. Everybody does get a mentor in school, but these do vary in quality.

-I have a job lined up for September. If my NQT year goes well, I would like to stay in teaching long term, but I'm also aware of the current drop out rate of new teachers.

-My specialism is biology, but in my new job I'll be teaching all 3 sciences +psychology.
0
reply
wonderland.16
Badges: 11
Rep:
?
#8
Report 1 week ago
#8
I looked into a degree followed by a PGCE as well as a QTS course. I think from when I first heard about the QTS course that's what I wanted to do. I also know a lot of qualified teachers, some of which have followed the same route (including the same university) as me, so I spoke to some of them. I knew from the offset that teaching was my goal which greatly influenced my decision to do a 3 year QTS degree. I am now about to start my 3rd year on the QTS course.

As my course spans 3 years, guidance is continuous. Every 'class' of degree students on my course (there are 4 classes) has a personal tutor. During placement, which we typically have about 10 weeks of per year, we have a different tutor, who we are encouraged to contact whenever we need guidance or support. They are also obliged to visit us, which includes an observation, when they check that everything is going well and that we are coping with the workload etc. and can make appropriate judgements to provide additional support where needed. The amount of involvement of the tutor depends upon the academic year you are in (first year we had 1 visit, second year 2 visits) and whether you need additional support/guidance. In the past, I have had a tutor disconnected from the uni (other than being a vague 'contact') who had limited knowledge of our expectations. However, she was still supportive. Guidance for placement often varies tutor to tutor, too, arguably impacting fair evaluation across the board.

My long term goal is definitely to teach, although at the moment I am uncertain whether to go into a specialist school, international school abroad, or stay put for a while. I hope to teach primary school age children, however with special ed this often varies more widely due to ability and needs. I have also considered doing a masters, but I think I will leave that for now, and teach a bit first.
(Original post by Ourania V)
Thanks for the prompt response.

Did you explore different routes into teaching before choosing your course? Which route did you choose to go into teaching? What kind of support you received (e.g. mentoring, induction)?

Are you planning to become a teacher after the course? Which phase (primary, secondary)? Which subject?
0
reply
Ourania V
Badges: 2
Rep:
?
#9
Report Thread starter 3 days ago
#9
You said you knew from the offset you wanted to be a teacher.

What was the main influence? Do you have any family members who are teachers?

(Original post by wonderland.16)
I looked into a degree followed by a PGCE as well as a QTS course. I think from when I first heard about the QTS course that's what I wanted to do. I also know a lot of qualified teachers, some of which have followed the same route (including the same university) as me, so I spoke to some of them. I knew from the offset that teaching was my goal which greatly influenced my decision to do a 3 year QTS degree. I am now about to start my 3rd year on the QTS course.

As my course spans 3 years, guidance is continuous. Every 'class' of degree students on my course (there are 4 classes) has a personal tutor. During placement, which we typically have about 10 weeks of per year, we have a different tutor, who we are encouraged to contact whenever we need guidance or support. They are also obliged to visit us, which includes an observation, when they check that everything is going well and that we are coping with the workload etc. and can make appropriate judgements to provide additional support where needed. The amount of involvement of the tutor depends upon the academic year you are in (first year we had 1 visit, second year 2 visits) and whether you need additional support/guidance. In the past, I have had a tutor disconnected from the uni (other than being a vague 'contact') who had limited knowledge of our expectations. However, she was still supportive. Guidance for placement often varies tutor to tutor, too, arguably impacting fair evaluation across the board.

My long term goal is definitely to teach, although at the moment I am uncertain whether to go into a specialist school, international school abroad, or stay put for a while. I hope to teach primary school age children, however with special ed this often varies more widely due to ability and needs. I have also considered doing a masters, but I think I will leave that for now, and teach a bit first.
0
reply
Ourania V
Badges: 2
Rep:
?
#10
Report Thread starter 3 days ago
#10
What is the kind of support you would like to receive during your NQT year?

You mentioned you had a bursary and previous work experience. What do you think was the main influence? Do you have any family members who are teachers?
(Original post by SarcAndSpark)
I had a decent bursary, so I didn't consider working, but honestly, I would have found part time working very hard. I had commutes to both my placements and was often exhausted in the evenings, and I was nearly always doing school work at least one weekend day. Holiday work might be possible, but honestly you're doing a full time job and part of a masters degree during your PGCE year and that is enough!



- I went into teaching as a previous job showed me I enjoyed working with young people. I also thought it looked like a stable career that would enable me to work anywhere in the country/world. I was passionate about my subject, and wanted a career where I could share this passion with others.

-I received all the standard PGCE support during my program. Everybody does get a mentor in school, but these do vary in quality.

-I have a job lined up for September. If my NQT year goes well, I would like to stay in teaching long term, but I'm also aware of the current drop out rate of new teachers.

-My specialism is biology, but in my new job I'll be teaching all 3 sciences +psychology.
0
reply
wonderland.16
Badges: 11
Rep:
?
#11
Report 3 days ago
#11
No one in my family is a teacher, however a few relatives have worked within the education/childcare field.

My teachers in primary school were a huge influence on me. In class I was often asked to help other students when they were stuck, I was a buddy reader with children lower down in the school etc. Those experiences and encouragement from school staff really made me consider teaching as a career. I hadn't thought of doing anything else and has always viewed myself as a teacher, but the end of primary school cemented it for me.
(Original post by Ourania V)
You said you knew from the offset you wanted to be a teacher.

What was the main influence? Do you have any family members who are teachers?
Last edited by wonderland.16; 3 days ago
0
reply
SarcAndSpark
Badges: 20
Rep:
?
#12
Report 3 days ago
#12
(Original post by Ourania V)
What is the kind of support you would like to receive during your NQT year?

You mentioned you had a bursary and previous work experience. What do you think was the main influence? Do you have any family members who are teachers?
I think during my NQT year, I just want to feel like the school wants me to do well and there's support rather than judgement from other staff.

The main influence in terms of what?

I'd rather not be specific about family members on a public forum, but I do have relatives who have taught and worked in schools.
0
reply
X

Quick Reply

Attached files
Write a reply...
Reply
new posts
Latest
My Feed

See more of what you like on
The Student Room

You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

Personalise

Are you tempted to change your firm university choice on A-level results day?

Yes, I'll try and go to a uni higher up the league tables (153)
17.83%
Yes, there is a uni that I prefer and I'll fit in better (75)
8.74%
No I am happy with my course choice (506)
58.97%
I'm using Clearing when I have my exam results (124)
14.45%

Watched Threads

View All