PGDE Primary Panic Watch
I meet all the academic requirements and have a 2:1 in psychology. I've volunteered at brownies since September last year but I've only just managed to secure some primary school experience as I've worked full time since leaving uni. I start next week so by around January the application deadline I should have around 50 or so hours (8 days) but I'm worried this isn't enough.
I've had some other experience in the past but it's been secondary school (I taught English in India for a year to 16 year old, I was a classroom assistant 3 days a week in high school, and I was a learning support assistant 1 day a week in high school. Bearing in mind this was 7 years ago!)
Primary teaching is something I've only recently realised I wanted to do through volunteering with the brownies, but I'm worried my limited experience will set me back. Can anyone shed light on whether this is the case, or do I have a chance if I have a really good personal statement and reflect on my experience properly?
Would love to hear people's thoughts!
8 days of experience + brownies will probably be enough- there will be people who don't apply with that much experience. However, it sounds like you are picking up experience a few hours at a time, which doesn't give you as much insight into what the day to day life of a primary teacher is like. Is there any change of you taking some annual leave from work and shadowing a primary teacher for a day or two?
I'd say apply in January and see what happens- remember that you'll be interviewed for all teaching courses, and tutors are looking for your potential as well as your existing experience. If you don't get any places in your first round of applications, you can keep applying to one course at a time through "apply 2"- so you can keep applying as you build up more experience.
I'm hoping to apply for my PGCE within the next week as although I know courses are usually open all year round I don't want to risk it incase the Universities I want to go to get full up. I only had very limited experience working with children so I recently completed two weeks in a primary school. I also thought I didn't have enough but when I spoke to my teaching adviser, he said its more than enough and in the past they've actually had students on these courses who have had NO primary school experience .... so your 8 days should be fine. However when you do your statement after you've included your most recent experience you could say you plan on getting more through the year before the course begins and that way they know your plans. Hope this helps