Whether you’re a career changer, thinking about starting a BEd or you’re planning on taking the PGCE route you’ll find lots of advice here. Charlie Taylor will answer new topics containing "Dear Charlie" in the subject.
I've already left a message on your interview post (congratulations again!) and I too am starting a Primary PGCE IOE in September.
I'm also starting to read up on Maths, English and Science - there's so much I need to revise but it slowly seems to be coming back.
I'm sure we'll have an enrollment day in June/July. Did they mention any dates when you had your interview. Mine was in January so quite a while ago now. The term dates are now on their website so at least that is helpful.
Exciting times ahead!
Congratulations on your place at IoE!
My interview was on 24th January - it feels like ages ago now.
I keep checking the website too and willing it to change. I feel like I've already read all the information a hundred times over. The term dates have been updated though so I suppose that's something.
I have been looking at the QTS standards books that are widely recommended on Amazon and have picked up a few of the books listed in last year's pre-course tasks booklet on Ebay. There are some good bargains to be had at the moment!
I guess we'll find out about everything sooner or later! ;0)
See you in September!
I've also heard that it's the 20th July. It's a real shame as it would have been my last day working as a TA and I would have missed out on all the end of year rituals. However, the school is now open on Monday 23rd so it's not so bad, although I'll miss the Leaver's Assembly and I'm sure that lots of children won't come into school for just one day, so I'll miss saying goodbuye. Heigh ho - I suppose that's life!
I have bought the maths, science and English audit and knowledge and understanding books published by Learning Matters. They seem quite detailed. I also bought the maths guide and workbook by Haylock. There are some good offers on second hand copies if you spend the time looking around.
I wanted to stock up on stationery as well while I was still earning. I think I've got too much already - went a bit made on Ebay and have ended up with 10 Berol handwriting pens for £3 and 10 tippex mice for £5. I appear determined to be prepared! ;0)
At the moment I'm leaning towards EYFS and KS1. I've spend the last year working in Year 5 but have previous experience working in KS1 and feel far more comfortable and rewarded in that environment. However, I worry that I'm cutting myself off from job opportunities in KS2 further down the line. What KS are you thinking of doing?
I'm thinking of Children's Literature as my specialism as it's something that's always interested me and I've spent a lot of time working in children's bookshops and libraries. But my degree is in History, so I'm slightly swayed towards that as well.
I guess there's still time to ponder and worry and decide about all these things!
Have a fab long weekend!
luv_a_duck10 Berol handwriting pens for £3 and 10 tippex mice for £5. I appear determined to be prepared! ;0)
I seem to go through at least 2 handwriting pens a week at the moment! There's the one that gets used up writing notes to other staff members, helping the children with their handwriting and going over pencil writing in pen to put it up on display, and the one that disappears because children borrow it and never return it. And as for my green biros for marking - I can never find one when I need it!
I've been a TA in a West London primary school for just over a year having made the change from working as a PA in TV. I'd previously been a KS1 TA when I was on my Gap Year (also in West London) and although I knew I wanted to teach, I was keen to do something else for a while and needed to earn some money.
I couldn't really comment on the NQT job market in London, but in terms of my school we employed two NQTs last year because two teachers were on maternity leave. As my school has had to take a recpetion buldge class and because one of the teachers has decided not to return, a little moving around will allow the NQTs to stay on. I would think that because the population in London is so transient there are probably jobs coming and going all the time. On the other hand, my best friend obtained her PGCE last summer and lives in Staffordshire. She found it veyr hard to get a job because teachers tend to find a school and then stay there, especially if they have settled and have families. I guess there are pros and cons to the job market everywhere.
Fingers crossed for us this time next year! x
There is a fb group, its a great way to meet with people on the course!!
IoE Primary PGCE 2012/13
Top of page
TES Editorial © 2012 TSL Education Ltd. All pages of the Website are
reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, resell or exploit any material on the
Website for any commercial purposes. TSL Education Ltd Registered in England (No 02017289) at 26 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4HQ