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Hey,

I’m just doing my PGCE and looking at applying for geography teacher roles. The ones I’ve seen have specified trips that are likely to be made as part of the GCSE and A Level courses.

If we apply for these roles are we definitely expected to go? Are there any other geography teachers out there with a fear of flying?

Any advice would be amazing thanks.
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Hey,

I’m just doing my PGCE and looking at applying for geography teacher roles. The ones I’ve seen have specified trips that are likely to be made as part of the GCSE and A Level courses.

If we apply for these roles are we definitely expected to go? Are there any other geography teachers out there with a fear of flying?

Any advice would be amazing thanks.
Yes, you are expected to go on the trips (and others the school may organise) especially if they form part of a geography A level/GCSE course. Have you flown before?
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Hey,

I’m just doing my PGCE and looking at applying for geography teacher roles. The ones I’ve seen have specified trips that are likely to be made as part of the GCSE and A Level courses.

If we apply for these roles are we definitely expected to go? Are there any other geography teachers out there with a fear of flying?

Any advice would be amazing thanks.
Mine had yearly geography trips to Iceland, China, Kenya and Greece
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Yes, you are expected to go on the trips (and others the school may organise) especially if they form part of a geography A level/GCSE course. Have you flown before?
Thanks for your reply. These were described in the job description by the school as experience trips rather than specific geography department trips so I wasn’t sure.

I have flown before but the last 3 trips I have had a terrible experience. A bad run of luck really but it’s completely put me off flying.

Truly love the subject and really want to teach it! Had some amazing trips prior to these experiences and have never enjoyed flying but coped until recently. It’s a real shame, I’ve recently been on a fear of flying course which I hoped would help but there is no guarantee. I really don’t want this to hold me back in life but I can’t tell you how scared I am of it
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(Original post by KatJ26)
Hey,

I’m just doing my PGCE and looking at applying for geography teacher roles. The ones I’ve seen have specified trips that are likely to be made as part of the GCSE and A Level courses.

If we apply for these roles are we definitely expected to go? Are there any other geography teachers out there with a fear of flying?

Any advice would be amazing thanks.
If you're employed under the standard UK state school teacher contract, you can't be forced to do residential trips. In most schools that run residential trips, they understand that every year some people won't be able to go on the trip for whatever reason.

There are also many schools that don't offer expensive trips abroad, as they know their students won't be able to do these!

Geography is a shortage subject, so schools will be keen to recruit a specialist, even if you don't want to fly!

I'd say there are two ways you could play this at interview:

a) Don't mention the trips unless it explicitly comes up. If it comes up, then be honest you wouldn't be keen to fly, but you'd be happy to do other residential trips if this is true.

b) Ask about expectations re trips at the end of the interview, and explain you don't want to fly. This might put a few schools off you, but if you're otherwise the best candidate, it's unlikely to be a deal breaker.

Have you just started your PGCE? If so, I wouldn't worry about applying to jobs just yet!
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If you're employed under the standard UK state school teacher contract, you can't be forced to do residential trips. In most schools that run residential trips, they understand that every year some people won't be able to go on the trip for whatever reason.

There are also many schools that don't offer expensive trips abroad, as they know their students won't be able to do these!

Geography is a shortage subject, so schools will be keen to recruit a specialist, even if you don't want to fly!

I'd say there are two ways you could play this at interview:

a) Don't mention the trips unless it explicitly comes up. If it comes up, then be honest you wouldn't be keen to fly, but you'd be happy to do other residential trips if this is true.

b) Ask about expectations re trips at the end of the interview, and explain you don't want to fly. This might put a few schools off you, but if you're otherwise the best candidate, it's unlikely to be a deal breaker.

Have you just started your PGCE? If so, I wouldn't worry about applying to jobs just yet!
and in a larger department, it's highly unlikely that all of the relevant teachers would be expected to go.

firstly because not all students go on the trip - someone still has to be responsible for them - secondly because not all of the teachers will necessarily be needed on a trip
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