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Mine's (secondary) going well I think. Learning loads but there are a few things which were unexpected.

I'm in a class of about 50 and while there are other lecturers it's mostly in one group so I'm not getting the individual focus that I'd hope for but maybe that will change once we're in schools but I feel that's too big.

Also, it's not really as intense as I'd thought it would be. 3-4 hours of lectures/exercises with a bit of homework. Again I imagine this will ramp up.
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I did my PGCE last year, and yes at the start there's a lot of big group lectures. As time goes on, you will hopefully do more in subject groups and tutorial groups which will give you some more individual focus, but you're right in thinking that on placement is where you'll get most of your individual feedback, as you'll have a dedicated mentor and work with other teachers one to one.

Uni isn't too intense in general- it's when you're on placement that things get really busy.

Good luck and feel free to join us on the chat thread here:
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=5536030
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Hiya, just finished my first week of my PGCE at UCL IOE.

I'm loving it so far!
We're having these big sessions in the morning (with all PGCE students which is around 700) on sessions about teaching in London schools and working with SEND pupils, safeguarding, learning about the different types of schools there are, etc.
In the afternoon, we go into our specialist subjects. There are only 25 of us doing chemistry so it is very small.
Like you said, the workload isn't too intense - it's mainly a lot of paperwork and reading and small bits to upload, but it's not too difficult.

The days are very long and travelling into London is the most exhausting aspect to be honest.

I'm looking forward to going back into school for my placement 1 though!
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(Original post by thenextchemist)
Hiya, just finished my first week of my PGCE at UCL IOE.

I'm loving it so far!
We're having these big sessions in the morning (with all PGCE students which is around 700) on sessions about teaching in London schools and working with SEND pupils, safeguarding, learning about the different types of schools there are, etc.
In the afternoon, we go into our specialist subjects. There are only 25 of us doing chemistry so it is very small.
Like you said, the workload isn't too intense - it's mainly a lot of paperwork and reading and small bits to upload, but it's not too difficult.

The days are very long and travelling into London is the most exhausting aspect to be honest.

I'm looking forward to going back into school for my placement 1 though!
That sounds really nice! I wish I had studied at IOE but only applied to Sussex and Brighton in the end.

In our first few weeks of lectures we went into the theories surrounding pedagogy and education: the philosophy of education, political arguments, neurological research (a bit) and modern-advancements (turns out not a lot has actually changed since Ancient Greece).

Anyway, enjoy the uni sessions while you can - they're relatively light-hearted and relaxed. When you're in school, there's a sudden need to act professionally and quickly carry out tasks given to you by your mentor which may seem more pressing than the tasks uni will also have you completing while in school. It's a juggling act and you'll become a master of ticking off to do lists.

Best of luck, and keep the love strong. There will be times when you'll need to remember why you love teaching.

If you have any questions about PGCE or NQT year - feel free to PM moi.
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Does anybody here have any advice

(Original post by SarcAndSpark)
Hi

I did my PGCE last year, and yes at the start there's a lot of big group lectures. As time goes on, you will hopefully do more in subject groups and tutorial groups which will give you some more individual focus, but you're right in thinking that on placement is where you'll get most of your individual feedback, as you'll have a dedicated mentor and work with other teachers one to one.

Uni isn't too intense in general- it's when you're on placement that things get really busy.

Good luck and feel free to join us on the chat thread here:
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=5536030
Hey there!

Would you mind if I sent you a PM? Its regarding UCL PGCEs but it doesn't fit the nature of this thread and I don't want to hijack the conversation direct haha...
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Does anybody here have any advice


Hey there!

Would you mind if I sent you a PM? Its regarding UCL PGCEs but it doesn't fit the nature of this thread and I don't want to hijack the conversation direct haha...
You're more than welcome to PM me, but for clarity I didn't do my PGCE at UCL.
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