Why no refresher courses for returning teachers?Watch
I passed a PGCE in post compulsory education in 2003, in that year only 15% of teachers of further education had a PGCE let alone one of the new ones, what I found back then was I worked really hard and yet lived in poverty and that was when I was fortunate enough to get a position, but then having left that position and several years later trying to rejoin the workforce it was all ten page application forms, personal statements that met exacting criteria and current references which you may find as I did impossible to get past yet all the time still highly qualified with abilities that according to my research only a minority in the field had yet for some reason unemployable. I'm not sure if it's a cunning trick on behalf of authority but I would say that a refresher course somewhere in this land would be beneficial for many people from all sorts of backgrounds and with all sorts of reasons to have left and now look at returning. This like so much I have written will probably fall on deaf ears and I will remain on the shelf but it has never been fair, a PGCE is a qualification for life says postgrad.com and that is what it should be, but there has simply been no where to turn apart from the job centre.
If you are looking to teach MFL, Maths or Physics in a Secondary school setting, then there are Teacher Subject Specialism Training (TSST) and support from the Return to Teaching support team.
All the best,
When I trained to teach it was quite difficult and I expected to be respected and employable for years to come, what I found was I was basically abused for a couple of years after graduation then nothing at all. I think refresher courses are necessary in all areas of higher education otherwise you're simply unemployable with letters after your name and qualified for life but not respected by almost anyone. It's either a graduate job which you're qualified to do (with a refresher course) or in my experience a job in a supermarket like Lidl with no qualifications required, or a job in a DIY shop like B&Q where they have an online aptitude test, no questions about qualifications but a section on unspent convictions with examples of convictions which include murder. As a graduate or a postgraduate qualified teacher you should have certain rights and in my opinion those rights can be reinstated with a refresher course.
I've added some images so show what I mean about this. They give me a sense of inflated pride in a way and righteous indignation but they are all from good sources and I think what they say suggests that I'm probably correct in my thinking.
I just wanted to show what I mean by the need for refresher courses with two emails i received from the University of Greenwich where I trained to teach. I firstly wanted it clear that I had passed a PGCE and that it was still valid in 2017 even though I had taken the course in 2002/03 but also to show that I was willing to accept that that was a long time ago now and I was happy to retrain at something I had demonstrable ability in. What I found was yes I had a PGCE and yes it was still valid but no I couldn't retake the course as I already had passed it (why take the same course twice) But that I could consider a top up course somewhere else as they didn't offer top up courses. What I found with quite extensive research was that no one anywhere offered top up courses or refresher courses in any way what so ever. I find this quite paradoxical and it has remained something that spurs me on years later. I have had no luck finding employment for many years and yet on paper I'm qualified in about the top 10% of people and with what I consider to be commendable abilities as a postgraduate qualified teacher of further education.
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You're best bet is to speak with the Return to Teaching team through 'Get Into Teaching' on 0800 389 2500 and they will be able to advise you on what top up courses there are for certain subjects. They will know what your options are mate.
Hope this helps.
I would just like to stress that when i say refresher course I mean recognition for already graduating but the opportunity with respect and dignity to have a look at your skills and abilities that as i have demonstrated are supposed to be for life and the transferable skills which appear to be significant but sympathy for the fact that employers simply don't want or need you but that you deserve to be able to do something about that at a reasonable level.
I've just looked again at the 'get into teaching' website and it's really geared for people considering a career in teaching, you may be right that if I phone they could offer me some pointers (although I doubt it) it's not my point the point is dedicated refresher courses for people who have already qualified or recognition for the excellent education they already have.
Reading your posts, its clear that you're in a very frustrating position and you've had a lot of trouble in terms of finding jobs. I don't want to sound rude at all but it sounds like, because of the PGCE and degree qualifications you've got, you feel as if employers to owe you a job? Unfortunately, that's not how the job market works and you can't demand respect from employers simply because of your qualifications.
When you apply to teaching jobs its important to remember who you might be up against - how much experience will you have compared to others? If you graduated in 2003 and have only had a couple of years of teaching experience in the 17 years since then then your applications will probably pale against other candidates who might have the same qualifications and/or more experience. That isn't to say you're not a suitable candidate - just that others will have more attractive CVs to employers. That's just how the job market works. You play the game the way the system wants you to or else you'll sink.
If you still want to get back into teaching then phoning the Return to Teaching team seems like your best option - but reading your replies on this thread you seem reluctant to do that? Why is that?
I honestly don't want to come off as rude or patronizing with this reply - but it seems to me like you need to change your approach and attitude to job hunting. I honestly hope you have some luck with it all soon.