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It's not as silly a question as it might sound!
I have the option of training to teach via a SCITT course leading to PGCE or alternatively via GTP in a school with a low achieving 6th Form (it came out of special measures last year). The GTP does not give a PGCE qualification, just QTS.
Is that PGCE really going to be very important when it comes to getting my CV noticed?
I am a "mature" entrant with an MSc in my subject and 20 years of work behind me. My subject is Business Education.
Thanks in advance
Thanks for the reply
Unless the school has a track record of GTP students in business education you will probably receive a better grounding in teaching the subject on a PGCE course. But, on the GTP, you will receive a salary, not have to incur tuition fees and be immersed in the life of a school. As to finding a job, the PGCE offers a known standard whereas the GTP will have provided the school experience. On balance if you can afford the PGCE, and there is a course nearby, I would go for that option, but if you need a salary and travel to a PGCE course is time consuming, go for the GTP option if the school has experience in training teachers.
As a PGCE is a professional preparation course I hope the assignments aren't as onerous as on your MSc - that sounded over taught, and with a lack of time for you to think! But, any teacher preparation year is very demanding; it cannot be easily achieved alongside an active social or even family life by most students. I hope both interviews went well, and you were given the opportunity to decide for yourself and not faced with Hobson's choice.
I did my GTP in a school that sounds very similar and went on to spend 6 years working there. Doing GTP has made no difference to my employment prospects at all, I have been shortlisted alongside people with PGCEs and have beaten them to posts just as they have beaten me to posts. I have never had any inclination that being GTP qualified is a disadvantage except that I would find it more difficult to teach abroad which I have no current desire to do except for maybe some VSO in a few years time.
Thank you for your reply, it's good to hear your experience
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