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PGCE?

Hi, I’m currently doing a maths degree and graduating in June! (Hopefully). I’m interested in doing a PGCE in secondary maths. I work with children in a holiday club when I’m not at uni, and they can be from 3 to 16 years old so I do have experience.
The only thing is I am a 5’2” woman and look ‘young for my age’ which is really annoying. I also find that I’m not initially taken as seriously as others based on this. Anyway this is probably the main thing putting me off of teaching. Just wondering, is this something that will make teaching harder for me? Should I even be considering teaching at the moment based on this? Any ideas or advice would be great. PLEASE :smile:
Original post by cactus_plant
Hi, I’m currently doing a maths degree and graduating in June! (Hopefully). I’m interested in doing a PGCE in secondary maths. I work with children in a holiday club when I’m not at uni, and they can be from 3 to 16 years old so I do have experience.
The only thing is I am a 5’2” woman and look ‘young for my age’ which is really annoying. I also find that I’m not initially taken as seriously as others based on this. Anyway this is probably the main thing putting me off of teaching. Just wondering, is this something that will make teaching harder for me? Should I even be considering teaching at the moment based on this? Any ideas or advice would be great. PLEASE :smile:

Hello @cactus_plant

Have you thought about taking part in the Teaching Internship? An adviser can help you to find those still with places and apply for them.

All the best, Jane
Original post by cactus_plant
Hi, I’m currently doing a maths degree and graduating in June! (Hopefully). I’m interested in doing a PGCE in secondary maths. I work with children in a holiday club when I’m not at uni, and they can be from 3 to 16 years old so I do have experience.
The only thing is I am a 5’2” woman and look ‘young for my age’ which is really annoying. I also find that I’m not initially taken as seriously as others based on this. Anyway this is probably the main thing putting me off of teaching. Just wondering, is this something that will make teaching harder for me? Should I even be considering teaching at the moment based on this? Any ideas or advice would be great. PLEASE :smile:

Hello there,

First of all, body height and appearance will not stop you get into teaching as it is all about your passion in teaching! 💪

At Cardiff Met, we do offer PGCE Maths and it is a very competitive course. We are still taking application for September 2024. If you wish to study with us please make an application via UCAS as soon as possible.

You can find more information here: Secondary PGCE Teacher Training Masters Degree Course - Cardiff Metropolitan University. If you have any course specific enquiries, you can speak to the programme leader, Cameron Stewart via [email protected].

Should you have any questions, please drop us an email via [email protected].

Cardiff Met Admissions. 😁
Original post by cactus_plant
Hi, I’m currently doing a maths degree and graduating in June! (Hopefully). I’m interested in doing a PGCE in secondary maths. I work with children in a holiday club when I’m not at uni, and they can be from 3 to 16 years old so I do have experience.
The only thing is I am a 5’2” woman and look ‘young for my age’ which is really annoying. I also find that I’m not initially taken as seriously as others based on this. Anyway this is probably the main thing putting me off of teaching. Just wondering, is this something that will make teaching harder for me? Should I even be considering teaching at the moment based on this? Any ideas or advice would be great. PLEASE :smile:


Hi, I'm only 5"2 too and I've been working in schools for 8 years. I think it's all about starting as you mean to go on. Make your personality into a presence. So for example I have lilac hair and tattoos (mostly Disney) but I use this as leverage for respect. I'm happy to talk about my tattoos and what they mean etc but it's about what they give me first, work levels, quiet thinking time, good tidying up etc. Don't let your height make you question anything just go for it. Originally when I was about 11 I always wanted to be in the police but was always told I was too short. Forgot about that and ended up in education and much prefer this choice. Xx
And as for the youngness, kids will love it. They'll spend forever trying to guess your age 😉

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