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Tuesday, December 29th, 2009
9:10 pm
GTP experience?
Hi everyone!
I've been looking into doing the GTP as a route into teaching (probably to start in 2011, I've missed the boat for 2010) and one thing about it is worrying me. Most of the local providers I've researched have said that you need to have "some" classroom experience... Can anyone define what "some" is?! I've volunteered before, when I was in Sixth Form I helped lead GCSE French and German lessons (with teachers there, obviously), I also spent two weeks as a classroom assistant in a local primary school after I finished my A-levels to get some experience, and whilst on my compulsory year abroad (I studied languages) I spent four months working as an unofficial language assistant at a high school in Germany. That last stint is coming up on two years ago. Do you think this would be enough, or would they expect me to get some more experience?

On a more general note... Can anyone (truthfully) recommend or not-recommend teaching to me? Everyone that I've spoken to has said, "Oh my God don't do that you'll never have any spare time argh!!" but somehow that doesn't seem to dissuade me. I've never had a compulsion to teach, but I think it's something that I could be good at at, even though I hear horror stories about behaviour and paperwork etc. etc. I'm planning on emailing some of my old teachers and doing a lot more research, because I don't think that teaching is something you should rush into. It's a child's education at stake, right? I may decide that it isn't for me, but if I all I hear is "Argh no social life argh!" then I don't think I'm getting a fair picture!
Sunday, October 18th, 2009
8:52 pm

I'm a first-year out history/social science teacher in Australia, and I'm just starting to vaguely think about working in the UK. I've been looking around, but haven't been able to find out things like wages and conditions for teachers.

In NSW, it's pretty good, both in the state and private systems.

What would a newish teacher earn p/a in the UK? Does it depend on area? I assume it's different at comprehensive and private schools, but what would be a rough guideline?

Thanks for your help - I haven't had any luck finding this information elsewhere.
Wednesday, June 24th, 2009
9:57 pm
Sunday, November 30th, 2008
11:36 am
Registering a child
If this is not allowed here, please let me know. But I'm working on a project, and want to make sure I have the right information.

If a child, age six, started school in Somerset while living with his mum, and situations call for a sudden and unexpected move to Gloucestershire to live with his dad only two weeks before the next school year, what would be the process taken to register the kid in school in Gloucestershire on such short notice?

The obvious answer would be to just call the local offices, but I'm not actually IN the UK, which makes life difficult there.

Thanks :)
Sunday, November 23rd, 2008
6:36 pm
Hi there. I'm currently in my student teaching practicum in an inner-city school in New York City. I'm going to (hopefully) be finishing up my Masters in Teaching Math by December. I have been giving a lot of thought to teaching in the UK, and I was wondering if I could get any feedback or advice for people who have moved from NYC or the US to teach in the UK.

I have heard that it is an extremely different experience in the UK than it is in the US, and that it is not advisable to begin my first year of teaching there...Has anyone heard similar things?  Also, does anyone know if Belfast has as many openings as say, London does? I am fairly open to teaching any grade from 7 to 12 as long as I feel like the school is somewhat supportive of its staff.
Thursday, October 2nd, 2008
5:53 pm
Community advertisement: furthered
I checked your community info page before posting this and didn't see anything about it being against the rules.

I started a new community called furthered aimed at lecturers at tertiary level education, primarily in the UK. If you teach as part of the Post-16 sector, either in an FE college, or in a sixth form school, you may like to join.
Thursday, August 7th, 2008
11:20 am
LJ teacher buddies?!
I'm not sure how many people are still watching this community but a big hello to everyone who is!
I was just wondering if anyone fancied being LJ buddies? As far as I'm concerned you can never have too many teachers for a friends!
A little about me: I'm 26 & currently working in Leicester as a primary supply teacher, specialising in Early Years/Key Stage 1 but will teach pretty much any primary year group!
1:46 am
Vertical Forms - Years 7 through 11 in one room
Hello all,
I've just completed my first year of teaching in the UK and am now being faced with a new system for form time in my second year. (I'm told form time roughly equates to advisement or homeroom in the USA.)

Previously, during the 15 minutes in the morning when pupils would come in to settle, I would take attendance etc, I had in front of me 25 pupils all in the same year group/grade (I was a year 7 tutor this year so that’s a room of 11-12 year olds.) Now we are moving to a system my school is calling vertical forms where my morning group of pupils will consist of 5 pupils from each year group. I will now have in front of me a range of 11-16 year olds, 5 from each year/grade.

I have never had any experience with this type of situation and am wondering if anyone out there has some sage advice for me^_^

Questions that spring to mind:
What types of problems do people think I may run into? Behavioural? Instructional?
How do I get the different year groups to support each other and not splinter off into simply socializing/working with others in their own age group?
How do I promote positive social interaction between the age groups?
How do I ensure that the young pupils aged 11-12 do not feel overwhelmed/frightened/left out by the older pupils?

Thank you in advance for any comments made^_^
(I've been away for a bit so apoligies if I've missed a post where a similar topic was already discussed - pointers towards that post would be greatly appreciated.)

Current Mood: contemplative
Tuesday, June 10th, 2008
3:03 pm
An amazing film that all educators must see.
If you're a teacher, you should see the film Chalk. If you're a student, you should DEFINITELY see the film Chalk. Presented by Morgan Spurlock (the guy who did Super Size Me), this film is like The Office, but in a school setting. I know a couple teachers and while I have no idea what teaching is like, a friend of mine who teaches science told me it's not far from the truth. Which is scary, because this is a mockumentary.

Anyway, I thought y'all might like it. Enjoy!


X-posted... everywhere? :)
Sunday, May 4th, 2008
2:16 pm
Getting out
Are there any ex-teachers in here?

By 'ex teacher' I mean someone who has left the profession before retirement age, as opposed to having been a teacher up until retirement, and I'm particularly interested in people who have left secondary teaching.

If so, I'd appreciate some answers to the following questions, if you'd be so kind:

1. Why did you leave teaching?
2. What line of work did you go into instead, and how did you get into it?
3. Are you still doing that?
4. Is it an improvement on your teaching job?
5. What's the difference between teaching and your new career with regards to available free time, your personal feelings of worth and general moral?

Many thanks in advance to anyone who responds!

Saturday, March 15th, 2008
5:26 pm
Computer Science in Education?
Hi all!

I'm Beci, a 2nd year computer science student aiming for a Primary PGCE. Bit random I know, but there we go. Anyway, we're in the process of proposing our final year project ideas at the moment, and obviously any way of linking it to education for me would be a huge bonus.

So what I'm asking really is if there is any specific section of the curriculum (primary or secondary, I'm really looking at this quite broadly at the moment) that you feel could be greatly improved with some kind of software program or IT initiative. My degree focuses on computer vision and graphics, so is there any teaching ventures at the moment that depend on graphics/images/animation in some shape or form? I'm thinking of perhaps literacy, for example. Or perhaps there is some research into an IT-related method of teaching currently taking place that you may have covered in an essay or project?

Apologies that this sounds really vague, but I am looking at it quite broadly at the moment. Just some sort of idea that I could research and play around with from teachers or students like you who are in the know about what's currently going on in terms of IT in education.

Thankyou for any help you can give me!
Monday, March 10th, 2008
1:07 pm
toilet trouble!
Ok so the story is that I work at in international fee paying school, and we have just moved into a gorgeous purpose built campus.  The children love the new place, but there is only one problem - the toilets!

Having come from a building where most of the classrooms had at least one toilet joined to them, the children now have to leave the classrooms to go to the toilet, which is now becoming a big deal for them!!  Particularly the boys toilets are ending up in a real disgusting state by the end of the school day.  The big problem is, there are a lot of students using the same tolet block (there are 10 toilets in one room - if you get my point) so we can't pinpoint who it is that is causing the problems.

I wondered if anyone had any suggestions of how to curb this and deal with it, either as a whole class or a whole department.  I've had ;the talk' with my children today, but there is no evidence to say it is actually my children who are doing it!!  It's driving me crazy - every staff meeting and assembly, all we ever seam to talk about is toilets!!!  

We have considered a sign out system so that we know who has been in the toilets and when and how long they have spent there, and I've used that in a previous school which worked.  We never actually had to refer to the records as just the threat of being a suspect stopped it, but many of the staff at this school aren't so keen to do that.

I just wondered if you had overcome any similar problems in your schools, or had a good system in place?

Jayne x

Sunday, February 17th, 2008
2:57 pm
Oh dear...
One of those things that makes a teacher really despair:

When marking your top set year 9 French work, you realise that one of them has apparently been using a German dictionary instead of a French one and hasn't noticed anything a bit weird. Dear god, can they not even tell the difference between the language they're learning and a totally different one??!!??


If I didn't laugh, I'd have to cry...
Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008
12:45 am
Hi all,

I'm from New York, and I'm not teaching yet, but I'm in my University's education program. I was wondering what are the requirements to teach in the UK and are there any official websites that could give me some information on this?

Monday, January 21st, 2008
9:24 pm
Literacy ideas - help please!
My HT wants me - in my capacity as English teacher and Y7 form tutor - to come up with a project to raise Literacy among the year group. I envisage this covering half a term, perhaps for an hour a week (not necessarily in a one-hour block)... but that's where my ideas stop. I have never done anything like this before and have no idea where to start, to be honest.

Does anyone with experience of this area of learning have any ideas they could share with me? Perhaps those with experience as Literacy Co-ordinators? I would be massively grateful for any help anyone can offer.
Thursday, January 17th, 2008
9:50 pm
Primary GTP Interview today
As you can imagine, this is a highly sought after route into teaching, largely because of the financial side of things but also because of the practical, hands-on experience you gain. So, the first thing we were told at the interview was that we had done exceptionally well to have even been shortlisted. Hundreds of people from South Yorkshire and Derbyshire applied and I think there were approx 45 people selected for interview, half of them this morning and half this afternoon. There are 17 places in total.

It was all very friendly indeed - never experienced an interview like it where the applicants were all shaking hands and introducing themselves. We all gathered in the foyer and chatted. I'd been advised not to be intimidated by the other applicants. I'm not easily intimidated though so it wasn't really an issue. I don't care what experience and qualifications other applicants have really - I could only do my best - the rest was up to the panel. No point in freaking out over whether someone has better A levels than me. There was an interesting mix of people. Only 2 men, interestingly. Quite a few of them had also applied for the full time PGCE so I'm assuming that they haven't allocated places for that yet.

detail about the selection processCollapse )

Thank you so much to the people who replied to my previous post, asking for advice! It was much appreciated.
Saturday, January 12th, 2008
9:59 am
Any advice?
I have been shortlisted for the Primary GTP and have my interview on Thursday 17th January.

I was wondering whether anyone had any experience of this or any specific advice about the interview?  This next stage of the selection process involves a moderated group discussion (assumably about a topic of current educational interest) and a written piece of work, as well as the personal interview.

So far, I have looked at Every Child Matters, the SEAL project and the QTS Standards which I referred to in my application form.  I have also looked in more detail at local initiatives specific to the school  I work in.

Any advice about what else I could/should look at?  Or what you think they'll be looking for?

Many thanks.
Tuesday, September 18th, 2007
9:48 am
OCR ICT/Computing
On behalf of my bloke, does anyone else teach these subjects and have any resources or textbook recommendations they are willing to share? Any help appreciated!

Sunday, September 9th, 2007
6:05 pm
okay, I am re-sitting a PGCE.

Was informed by the University that I do not register on the 1st day of term (10th), but on the 24th. I took this to mean that since I had passed the first section of the course, and had already done my introductory 9 day placement, I wouldn't need to attend leactures until I registed.

I was not given any information to the contary by the university. In fact, I have barely recevied any infomation from the uni.

Becuase I assumed I would not be in uni for most of this month, I am working as a science tech in a school. This is pretty good experience for me as I'm training to be a science teacher.

The job lasts till the end of the month, so I emailed my tutor to ask if I had to attend leactures during the week after I register, as I had already been to them last year.

He emailed back saying he expected me in on Monday (the 10th).

1) I wasn't informed of this by the uni
2) Because I only get my student loan through after I register, I will not be funded for these 3 weeks. I am short on cash and will not get a training salary for my first placement, so I need the money from working
3) I can't use the uni library or computer system until I register
4) I can't see how I can be expected to attend leactures when I am not offically on the course.
5) I still haven't received confirmation from my LEA that I am getting funding anyway

Got the email too late to sort out anything for next week, so I am going to work at the school. I've had a lot of work from the teaching agency, and so am unwilling to screw them over by not turning up at short notice.

Basically, this has been caused by the uni not keeping me informed over what was expected of me, and I'm facing the choice of being too broke to finish my placement or being kicked off a course I'm not offically on yet because I can't attend leactures I've already been to.

Any ideas on what I should do?

Sunday, September 2nd, 2007
9:30 pm
Looking for a few new people.
I wouldn't normally ask - but I'm on the hunt for a few new teacher type ljers.

I'm an English teacher - have been teaching for two years in English and Drama. Just about to start teaching English and Media (anyone who is an expert at Media could easily become my best friend!) at the school that I went to and took my GCSEs and A-Levels at.

Just uprooted from Herts to Berks.

Please add me!

Current Mood: hopeful
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