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October, 2018, anxiety, mental atttide (very negative) and a lack of confidence meant I left the PGCE course...

9 months on, and I’ve got an option to reapply for a place again! My motivations lie on the fact I’ve just spent 8 months being a TA. It’s been enjoyable but it’s dull. Zero challenge. Another motivation, what do I do next? I’ve been in school support for 10 years, it’s a life of retail or call centres as it’s almost impossible to get opportunities (I’m a little older at 38!)

Ive got a few days to beat the 2019 “deadline”. I can’t TA any longer, I’ve exhausted that role!

I love working and motivating young people! Building relationships and I’ve had plenty of positive feedback “you’d make a great teacher” “you’ve the temperament” which have really made me think...did I beat myself before I even started?

I would be applying to the same provider...does that make things awkward? Going back...the first 6 weeks...”I’ve already done” or is that pride and something I have to get over?!

Going to spend the next 3 days making a decision. I’ve been welcomed to apply for 2019 or 2020. I would have to go through the full application / interview day again...

I’d worked so hard on the skills tests!! That was such achievement! I’ve not worked on anything harder in years! Amazed I past both 1st time! I’d have to work even harder at the literacy terminology and numeracy methods...can I self teach these? (Primary level?) It’s subject knowledge and confidence that really holds me back!! (My academic ability! Left uni 12 years ago!!)

Any advice? Have you been in a similar position? Have you left a PGCE and returned and been successful?

Thanks all!
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I know people who've taken a leave of absence during the PGCE and returned the following year to complete it- so it is a thing people do!

If you dropped out rather than taking an official leave of absence, I would guess you'd have to repeat everything you did do- It might still be worthwhile, as things may have changed a bit from last year, and you may have forgotten things. It's also a good chance to get to know people on the course, who can be a great source of support.

Things I'd suggest considering:

-What has changed over the last year to make you think this year would be different?
-Could another provider offer you something else in terms of support that might help you?
-Have you considered other ITT routes, e.g. schools direct, SCITT?
-Is primary definitely the right age range? At secondary level, you could be a specialist in one subject which might help if you lack confidence in your more general skills? Alternatively, what about early years?
-Have you thought about other roles in schools- e.g. pastoral non-teaching roles often exist at secondary level?
-Or what about something like youth work?

I definitely think you could go back and be successful BUT I'm not sure it's something you should jump straight into. I think it's worth spending time analysing what went wrong last time, what support you think you'd need to succeed, and whether there's another option that might be better for you?
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Nail on the head.

I want to get into teaching and realise my only way in is Primary? I haven’t got a degree* or the subject knowledge that would enable me to teach secondary!

Primary is my only way into teaching!

Spot on RE age group, deep down I prefer KS4.

I’ve looked at Support work and actually have a place on a MA Social work degree for September but my heart is teaching...but the reality maybe that it’s simply not meant to be...

*degree is in sport but PE is ridiculously over subscribed and difficult to get involved in. Biology may have been an option but I don’t gave the passion needed...or the needed knowledge.
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Nail on the head.

I want to get into teaching and realise my only way in is Primary? I haven’t got a degree* or the subject knowledge that would enable me to teach secondary!

Primary is my only way into teaching!

Spot on RE age group, deep down I prefer KS4.

I’ve looked at Support work and actually have a place on a MA Social work degree for September but my heart is teaching...but the reality maybe that it’s simply not meant to be...

*degree is in sport but PE is ridiculously over subscribed and difficult to get involved in. Biology may have been an option but I don’t gave the passion needed...or the needed knowledge.
If you don't mind me asking, what is your degree? Most secondary subjects will take someone who has 50% of their degree content relating to a particular subject. I did a Biology PGCE, but my degree wasn't biological sciences. Some shortage subjects (e.g. maths, physics) will take people with just an A-level and a less related degree.

If you want to teach at secondary level, it's worth contacting unis direct to see if they'd consider you for any subject with your degree. In general, due to the shortage of teachers, secondary PGCE courses are easier to get on to!
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