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K Russell
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I have only just decided that I want to change my degree to apply for Primary Education instead of Ancient History. However, due to COVID, I have been unable to gain any work experience inside of a classroom. I am terrified that this will have a big effect on my chances of being accepted into uni. Do I still have a chance to get in?

I have (had) a job working as a Children's Party Instructor, but apart from that I am worried that I don't have anything else to put on my statement. My school have made the deadline for personal statements November instead of the actual deadline which is in January.
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Many teacher training courses have waived their expectations for work experience due to the COVID situation and the subsequent difficulty of getting experience in schools. However, the best course of action would be to ring universities you are interested in before applying and ask if your lack of in-school experience would mean an automatic rejection.

Also, if you are looking for a qualification that will lead to you being a teacher, do make sure that the degree includes QTS. Otherwise, you will have to do an additional postgraduate qualification to become a qualified teacher.
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Hi K Russell,

Due to the current situation you are not alone in not being able to gain some experience in schools, there are however other ways to gain some experience at this time. Online tutoring is an option, viewing online lessons, exploring the content of the curriculum area you want to teach will all strengthen an application these are a few examples. I also agree that ringing providers is also a good idea to gain an insight into their individual expectations. If you haven't already do register with us at Getintoteaching you can register through our website or call 0800 389 2500 for further tips and advice on ways to gain more experience.
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Have you perhaps got any school age siblings, nieces/nephews, cousins etc? Perhaps a friend who has a sibling? You could try and offer some zoom (or face to face if you live with a sibling already) study sessions with them if so, help them with homework and their studies, plan and carry out a little mini lesson for them etc.
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