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South Bank without a doubt. The reputation really isn't very important for teaching and that PGCE qualification will be really useful. I had this choice too but it's a no brainer really!
I'm in exactly the same situation, offers from both South Bank and the Institute for the Primary GTP, and there are obvious pros and cons to each. Feel very fortunate to have this dilemma but even so, tough decision making necessary. I wonder if anyone is having the same thoughts as me?
Institute of Education
And, need to reply to South Bank before full details are sent by the IoE.
Can I ask if anyone is currently on either of these programmes how they are going, particularly with the workings of the second school experience at the Institute, do you 'swap' schools with others on your course?
Also, for the South Bank GTP, if you have knowledge of other GTP providers, do you believe you have more academic work to complete as it's working towards a PGCE.
Would be interested to hear your thoughts...
Thanks in advance
I've been told wherever you go for the GTP you have to do a second school experience and it isn't swapping between trainees as far as I know. I was told at my LSBU interview you have to do a second school experience and it says so on the website too :/
Ah just realised looks like you dont have to do SSE for primary but I'm doing secondary
I'm in the same boat, I have to let LSBU know by next week, whereas IoE
won't be providing me with further info until after Easter... If it weren't for the PGCE qualification that LSBU offers then I would probably go for the IoE - however, since I almost certainly intend on working abroad I think the PGCE would be a very useful certificate to have and it would probably be silly of me not to choose that option...
I did my GTP at the IOE last year and they were fantastic. I have found my NQT year far less horrifying than many of my colleagues who did the PGCE course as I had already spent a complete year in a school teaching. Both are challenging neither easy. I preferred immersing myself in a school across a year. I also enjoyed being paid! The second school experience is a requirement of the GTP I only went for three weeks but they were invaluable. With regard to the IOE I was given incredible support, my school was tough and very unsupportive and all of my tutors at IOE went above and beyond getting me the support I needed even to the extent of arguing my case when my school wanted to award me with a GOOD rather than OUTSTANDING. At the IOE you only go in once a month as opposed to many PGCE courses where I believe that you attend uni weekly. Hope that this helps and congratulations on having the choice!
I've pretty much decided on LSBU because of the PGCE...
mehmetdan and lori00, did you accept the offers from both IoE and LSBU and now have to reject one of them? When do you reckon we have until to decide?
Out of interest, when were your interviews at IoE and LSBU? I wonder if any of us had ours on the same day...
I've opted for the IOE. I called both IOE & LSBU, and my school's GTP coordinator to help me come to a decision. Whilst the PGCE sounds very appealing the extra workload and weekly attendance does not. I think if I hadn't done an education based degree LSBU's extra tuition would be very supportive but I have, so going over the same ground is prehaps a waste of my time.
I don't think there is any deadline as such. I've had both offers for sometime but I have now given up one of my places to allow someone else to have it. Sorry, I can't remember the dates of my interviews - it was a while ago. I hope you enjoy LSBU.
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